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FINALS WATCH: Lone Star pride

Sunday - 4/7/2013, 2:20pm  ET

ATLANTA (AP) -- Mary Hardin-Baylor is carrying the weight of Texas on its shoulders.

The Crusaders became the first program from the Lone Star State to appear in the Division III national championship when it faced Amherst on Sunday.

Not only that, the Crusaders are doing it in a year in which none of the Division I schools from the state so much as managed to make the NCAA tournament. The closest was Baylor, which was left off the bubble on Selection Sunday and then ran roughshod through the NIT tournament.

Metropolitan State, which will play Drury for the Division II title, knocked out San Antonio-based St. Mary's University earlier in the tournament. That left Mary Hardin-Baylor, based in Belton, Texas, as the pride of the state this season.

-- Dave Skretta -- http://twitter.com/@APdaveskretta

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