men’s basketball

Community to celebrate Drury’s National Championship teams with a parade through Springfield on Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m.

WHO: The Drury University NCAA Division II National Champion men’s basketball team, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams.

WHAT: A community parade and celebration to honor the championship teams. The swim teams won their titles on March 9 in Birmingham, Alabama. The basketball team won the national championship on April 7 in Atlanta, Georgia.

WHEN: Friday, April 19. Parade begins at 4 p.m. Proclamations, autograph sessions with designer posters, and an Andy’s Frozen Custard celebration will follow.

WHERE: Beginning at South and Elm, the parade will travel north on South Avenue to Park Central Square. From there, the parade will travel north on Boonville Avenue, turn east on Central Street, and then turn north on Drury Lane. The parade will culminate in the Findlay Student Center Fountain Circle.

WHY: Drury earned its ninth straight men’s swimming and diving title, and the men’s and women’s teams have won dual championships in four of the last five seasons. Overall, the men’s team has 11 championships, while the women have nine. The Drury Men’s Basketball Team won the school’s first ever NCAA Division II Basketball Championship with its win over Metropolitan State University of Denver. 30 days, 3 national championships, 1 university.

Media Contact: Mark Miller, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886,


Drury University to cancel classes on April 8 at its Springfield campus to encourage attendance at NCAA Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 1, 2013 — In an effort to allow Drury students, faculty and staff to travel safely to and from the NCAA Division II National Championship game on Sunday, April 7 in Atlanta, Drury will operate with a minimal staff at its Springfield campus on Monday, April 8. This means classes before 5 p.m. at Drury’s Springfield campus are canceled, and staff and faculty can travel back from Atlanta without using a personal day or vacation.

All classes after 5 p.m. in Springfield, and all classes at Drury’s branch campuses will go on as scheduled on Monday, April 8.

“We want the Drury community to have the opportunity to go to Atlanta to cheer on the Panthers,” President Todd Parnell said. “But we want to make sure they do it safely. This will allow fans to travel on Saturday, attend Sunday’s game and then make their way back to Springfield on Monday in time for evening classes.”

Housing and the cafeteria will be open on Monday, April 8, otherwise, Drury’s Springfield campus will operate as if classes before 5 p.m. were canceled due to weather.

Drury advanced to Sunday’s title game against Metropolitan State (Colo.) with a 107-97 victory over Western Washington at the NCAA Division II Final Four in Louisville on Saturday, March 30.

Sunday’s championship game will be broadcast on CBS at 3 p.m. Central Time. Locally, in the Springfield television market, the game will air on KOLR.


Where to watch: Drury v. W. Washington on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (CT)

March 29, 2013 — The Drury University Men’s Basketball Team will face Western Washington in the Panthers’ first ever trip to the NCAA Division II Final Four on Saturday, March 30 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Tip-off is at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

Drury fans wishing to watch the game can see it locally in the Springfield area on KOZL Channel 27. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. Drury alumnus John Miller will have the radio broadcast on Jock 98.7.

For Drury fans who want to watch the game together, there will be a watch party on Saturday in the upstairs portion of Springfield Brewing Company.