ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Newberry College men's basketball team finished in a tie for sixth-place in the South Atlantic Conference regular season and will enter the 2007 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament as the seventh seed, it was announced today.
Presbyterian finished second in the men's final standings with a 12-4 record. The Blue Hose (19-8) lost in the tournament finals last year. Presbyterian will face seventh-seed Newberry (6-10, 12-14) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Blue Hose shut down Newberry and took a 60-29 victory in their last regular-season meeting.
The Catawba College men's basketball team, which won the South Atlantic Conference regular-season title for the second time in three years, is the top seed for the 2007 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, which begins Monday.
The Catawba Indians clinched the top seed with a 13-3 conference record. The Indians, 18-9 overall, will open the tournament at home at 8 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Monday's first-round game between ninth seed Carson-Newman (2-14 SAC, 9-18 overall) and eighth-seed Mars Hill (4-12 SAC, 8-19 overall).
Wingate and Lenoir-Rhyne finished tied for third place in the league standings with 11-5 records. Wingate, the defending Food Lion SAC Tournament champions, earned the third seed by virtue of its regular-season win over top-seed Catawba.
The Bulldogs (11-5, 19-8) will host sixth-seed Tusculum at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Tusculum and Newberry finished tied with 6-10 conference records. The Pioneers earned the sixth seed by sweeping the regular-season series against Newberry.
The final pairing for the men's bracket will be fourth seed Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5, 17-9) hosting fifth seed Lincoln Memorial (7-9, 13-14) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The tournament kicks off on Monday with eighth-seed Mars Hill (4-12, 8-19) hosting ninth-seed Carson-Newman at 7 p.m.
Tickets for all tournament games are $6 per day for adults, $3 per day for children, students and college students with ID.
The men's and women's winners of the tournament will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Monday, February 26
Food Lion SAC Tournament First Round, Home of Higher Seed
No. 9 Carson-Newman at No. 8 Mars Hill, 7 pm
Wednesday, February 28
Food Lion SAC Tournament, Quarterfinals, Home of Higher Seed
Mars Hill/Carson-Newman winner at No. 1 Catawba, 8 pm
No. 7 Newberry at No. 2 Presbyterian, 7 pm
No. 6 Tusculum at No. 3 Wingate, 8 pm
No. 5 Lincoln Memorial at No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne, 7 pm
Saturday, March 3
Food Lion SAC Tournament, Semifinals, CVCC Arena, Hickory, N.C.
Carson-Newman/Mars Hill - Catawba winner vs. Lenoir-Rhyne - Lincoln Memorial winner, 3 pm
Wingate/Tusculum winner vs. Presbyterian/Newberry winner, 8 pm
Sunday, March 4
Food Lion SAC Tournament, Finals, CVCC Arena, Hickory, N.C.
Championship, 4 pm
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