Broncos to leave for Massachusettes on Saturday

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team will leave for Springfield, Mass. on Saturday morning. The NCAA normally flies teams out on Sunday but it had difficulty getting flights and connections for the Broncos so they’ll be leaving a day early.

The Broncos’ Elite Eight opponent on Wednesday will be St. Joseph’s College of Indiana. The Broncos (25-6) like to play up the underdog role but the Pumas will be the underdog here.

St. Joseph’s (20-11) won the Midwest Region as the eighth seed, meaning it had to beat the No. 1 and host team on its home floor in the quarterfinal. They won a semifinal in overtime and the regional final in triple overtime.

It will be the 11th Elite Eight appearance for St. Joseph’s and the fourth in eight years for the Broncos. The Pumas wee last at the elite Eight in 2007 while the Broncos made it to the championship game last season, only to lose to Findlay (Ohio) in overtime.