Monday, March 7, 2011

NAIA Basketball Tournaments: Walsh Top Seed in Both Men’s Championship and Women’s Bracket; Cedarville Also In Both Tourneys

Two AICUO members, Walsh and Cedarville, are participating in two of basketball’s “other” small-college tournaments, those sponsored by the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The top seed in the men’s tournament in NAIA’s Division II is Walsh. The men begin play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (CST) against Union (Ky.); if they win, they face the winner of the game between the host school, the University of the Ozarks (Mo.), and Sioux Falls (S.D.) on Friday evening.

Cedarville’s men face off against Eastern Oregon at 7:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday evening; the winner plays Friday night against the winner of the Oklahoma Wesleyan-Sterling (Kan.) game.

The entire tournament is played at Point Lookout, Mo., and concludes with a national championship game Tuesday evening, March 15.

In women’s NAIA Division II play, seeding is announced differently. Walsh is the top seed in its eight-team bracket, and will play Florida Memorial Thursday at 10:15 a.m. (CST); a victory leads to a second-round game Friday morning against the winner of the Marian (Ind.)-Mount Marty (S.D.) game.

Cedarville’s women are in a different bracket from Walsh’s. They play Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. against St. Francis (Ind.), and with a win will continue Friday morning to face the victor of the College of the Ozarks-Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) game.

As with the men’s tournament, all games are at a single site, the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.