Clinton College Bears competing for national championship for first time

It's the best time of year in college basketball: March Madness right around the corner, and the big dance doesn't stop at the Division I level.

Clinton College in Rock Hill is jumping in for the first time.

The Bears are heading to the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association’s national championship. An accomplishment they weren't sure was possible when they started conference play 0-5.

They had a coaching change during the season, refocused themselves and started having run most importantly.

An upset win in the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference Championship earned them a bid to compete for a national title, and they’re ready to keep the Cinderella story going.

"In August when these guys showed up on campus, we were talking about conference championships, and the ability to compete for a national championship and now that it's here, it's really rewarding," said Coach Anderson Bynum. "This is our shot to do it here, so we're just locked in on being as successful as possible."

Clinton, the sixth seed, will face Brant and Stratton out of Buffalo on Thursday at 12 p.m.