Sunday, February 26, 2017
2017 SIAC Basketball Tournament Brackets Released
ATLANTA, Georgia – Lane and Claflin secured the No. 1 seeds in the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament, announced on Friday, Feb. 24 by the league office.
Men's bracket | Women's bracket
Lane, the 2017 SIAC men’s basketball regular season champion dominated the west division and finished the regular season 17-9 overall and 14-3 in the conference to claim the west division title. Lane earned a first-round bye and will meet the winner between No. 4 Morehouse/No. 5 Tuskegee on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:45 p.m. The Maroon Tigers (16-9 overall, 10-7 SIAC) finished fourth in the east division and takes on Tuskegee (8-18, 6-10) who finished fifth in the west on Monday, Feb. 27 at 4:45 p.m.
The Panthers (17-9) finished first in a three-way tie to clinch the east division title. Claflin recorded a 12-5 SIAC record and will receive a first-round bye. The Panthers play on Wednesday, March 1 at 3:15 p.m. against the winner between fourth-seeded Kentucky State (10-16, 7-10) of the west division and fifth-seeded Fort Valley State (9-17, 6-10) of the east division. Kentucky State and Fort Valley State are set to open the 2017 SIAC Basketball Tournament on Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:15 p.m.
Clark Atlanta (18-11, 12-5) finished second in the east division to earn a first-round bye. The Panthers face the winner of No. 3 Miles/No. 6 Albany State on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. Miles (7-19, 7-9) and Albany State meet Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:45 p.m.
LeMoyne-Owen (9-18, 8-9) finished second in the west division and will play Paine (2-23, 0-17) who finished seventh in the east divison on Monday, Feb. 27 at 9:15 p.m.
Benedict (15-11, 12-5) earned the No. 3 seed in the east division and will face No. 6 Central State (10-18, 6-11) from the west division on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 3:15 p.m.
On the women’s side, Benedict, the 2017 SIAC women’s basketball regular season champion claimed the top seed in the east division after finishing with a 15-1 mark in conference play. The Tigers (18-7 overall) won their third consecutive east division title and enter the tournament on a 12-game winning streak with their last loss on Dec. 18. Benedict earned a first-round bye and will face the winner between No. 4 Kentucky State/No. 5 Albany State on Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. The Thorobrettes (11-14) finished fourth in the west division with a 7-9 record in the SIAC while the Golden Rams (6-19) posted a 5-10 mark in league games to finish fifth in the east division. Kentucky State and Albany State tip-off on Monday, Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Central State (18-7) finished first in the west division to clinch its first conference divisional title since becoming an exclusive member of NCAA Division II. The Marauders finished 12-4 in the SIAC and earned a first-round bye. Central State will take on the winner of the No. 4 Paine/No. 5 LeMoyne-Owen game on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. The Lions finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-15 and were seeded fourth in the east division with a 5-10 record. The Magicians (5-22, 5-10) were seeded fifth in the west and will meet Paine on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Claflin (14-11, 9-6) and Miles (14-12, 9-6) secured the No. 2 seeds out of the east and west divisions respectively. Claflin’s opponent will be determined on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. by the winner of the Lane and Clark Atlanta game set for Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. The Dragons (12-14, 9-6) finished third in west while the Panthers (9-16, 4-11) were sixth in the east division.
Miles is scheduled to face the winner of the No. 3 Fort Valley State/No. 6 Tuskegee game on Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m. The Wildcats (8-16) finished third in the east division with a 7-8 rescord while Tuskegee (10-15) was sixth in the west division with a 5-10 record.
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