The University of District of Columbia basketball team will not compete in the NCAA Division II playoffs, school officials were informed yesterday.
Cheyney (Pa.) State received an at-large bid to fill out the four-team South Atlantic regional, closing UDC out of a berth in its own region. The other two at-large bids in the 32-team field went to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Central Missouri.
After a poor start, UDC won 13 of its last 14 games.
Mount St. Mary's Randolph-Macon and Elizabeth City State previously had been selected for the South Atlantic.
"I really feel empty," said Wil Jones, who coached UDC to an 18-8 record in the first season it was eligible for Division II tournament play. "I'm definitely disappointed. I know we're one of the best teams in Division II but we won't get a chance to show it."
Bob Mormon, chairman of the South Atlantic selection committee, said other teams considered for the regional included Coppin State, Longwood and St. Augustine.
"There were teams with better records," Mormon said. "That was the key." He added that strength of schedule was also considered in selecting tournament teams.