Wolves are sixth seed in Food Lion SAC Tournament, play at Wingate in quarterfinals


Wolves are sixth seed in Food Lion SAC Tournament, play at Wingate in quarterfinals
Saturday, March 2, 2013

ROCK HILL - The brackets and pairings for the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament have been released. Newberry College is the sixth seed and will travel to third-seeded Wingate University in the quarterfinal round.

Newberry is on a four-game winning streak and finished the regular season with a 14-12 overall record and 10-8 conference mark. Wingate is 18-8 overall and 14-4 in the league. The Bulldogs won both meetings in the regular season, with WU taking a 79-42 win in Newberry and a 78-65 victory at home.

[Full Tournament Schedule and Bracket]

Lincoln Memorial beat Catawba Saturday night to secure the outright regular-season SAC title. The Railsplitters - who also won the league in 2010-11 - finished 22-4 overall and 15-3 in the conference, and enter the tournament on a six-game winning streak.

LMU, the top-ranked team in the most recent NCAA southeast regional rankings, will host eighth-seeded Tusculum on Wednesday night in the SAC Championship quarterfinal round.

The Railsplitters' victory over Catawba eliminated any possibility of a split regular-season conference title with Anderson and Wingate - both of which also won their season finales on Saturday. Anderson and Wingate finished tied in the league standings at 14-4, but the Trojans will be the SAC Championship's No. 2 seed after winning a tiebreaker over the Bulldogs.

The two teams split head-to-head during the regular season, moving the tiebreaker to record against the bracket's highest seed. Anderson split its season series with LMU, while Wingate went 0-2. Anderson will host No. 7 seed Catawba in Wednesday's quarterfinals, while Wingate - last year's SAC Tournament champions - will take on No. 6 seed Newberry. Carson-Newman is the bracket's No. 4 seed, and will play host to fifth-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in Wednesday's final quarterfinal matchup.

Following the quarterfinal round, the SAC Championship's semifinals and finals will take place on March 9 and 10 at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.

2013 Food Lion SAC Men's Basketball Championship Schedule

Quarterfinals - March 6
No. 8 Tusculum at No. 1 Lincoln Memorial, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Catawba at No. 2 Anderson, 8 p.m.
No. 6 Newberry at No. 3 Wingate, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 4 Carson-Newman, 7 p.m.

Semifinals - March 9
Semifinal 1, 5:30 p.m.
Semifinal 2, 8 p.m.

Finals - March 10
Championship game, 4:30 p.m.