LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The SCAC office today announced the men's and women's brackets for the 2019 basketball tournament, which will be begin Friday, Feb. 22 in Seguin, Texas on the campus of Texas Lutheran University. Men's Tournament Bracket | Women's Tournament Bracket | Official Tournament Website | Week 13 Men's Basketball Release | Week 13 Women's Basketball Release
The seeds for this year's men's tournament is as follows:
1) Southwestern (11-5 SCAC; 14-11 overall)
2) Texas Lutheran (11-5 SCAC; 16-9 overall)
3) Centenary (10-6 SCAC; 13-12 overall)
4) Schreiner (10-6 SCAC; 14-11 overall)
5) Dallas (6-10 SCAC; 9-16 overall)
6) Trinity (6-10 SCAC; 6-19 overall)
The seeds for this year's women's tournament is as follows:
1) Trinity (14-2 SCAC; 21-4 overall)
2) Austin College (13-3 SCAC; 20-5 overall)
3) Texas Lutheran (12-4 SCAC; 16-9 overall)
4) Southwestern (11-5 SCAC; 12-13 overall)
5) Colorado College (8-8 overall; 11-13 overall)
6) Schreiner (6-10 overall; 6-19 overall)
It is the second time in program history and the first since 2005 that the Southwetern men have earned the No. 1 seed for the conference postseason tournament. The Pirates tied with Texas Lutheran this year for the top spot and both will be recognized as regular season co-champions. After splitting their regular seson matchups (both won on the other's home floor), Southwestern earned the top seed by virtue of its better record against the grouping of tied teams at 10-6 - Centenary, Johnson & Wales and Schriener. Southwestern was 4-2 combined against those three while Texas Lutheran was a combined 2-4 - therefore giving Southwestern the nod and next week's number one seed at the SCAC championship tournament.
Continuing down the men's bracket, Centenary College, Johnson & Wales University and Schreiner University all tied for third place at 10-6 in the standings. Centenary College earned the tiebreaker edge and the No. 3 seed in the tournament by virtue of its better cumulative head-to-head mark against the other two. Centenary was a combined 3-1 against Schreiner and Johnson & Wales, which bested Schreiner's combined 2-2 record and JWU's 1-3 mark. Schreiner will be the No. 4 seed and Johnson & Wales is not yet eligible for SCAC postseason play.
The last two teams in the tournament, University of Dallas and Trinity University, both finished 6-10 in league play. Since the two split their regular season series, Dallas earned the tiebraker nod and No. 5 seed by virtue of its better mark against the top seed, Southwestern. UD was 1-1 against Southwetern while TU was swept by the Pirates.
Men's quarterfinal action gets underway at 5 p.m. CT Friday afternoon.
On the women's side, this year's tournament represents the fourth consecutive year the Trinity women have been the #1 seed and the Tigers have won the SCAC title each of the previous three years in that position including last year's 80-74 tournament-clinching win over Southwestern University.
The only tiebreaker needed to seed this year's women's tournament occured for the sixth and final slot between Schreiner and Centenary, who both finished 6-10. The two split their regular season contests, and when working down the standings, both posted identical marks against every conference opponent. When the third tiebreaker, common non-conference opponent result at the same site, could not produce a separation (both lost to East Texas Baptist on the road and the common LeTourneau games were not same site games), the fourth and final tiebreaker - coin toss - was used. Following the Centenary/Texas Lutheran game on Sunday, the coin toss was won by Schreiner, giving the Mountaineers the sixth and final berth into this year's tournament.
Women's quarterfinal action gets underway at Noon CT Friday evening.
Friday - Quarterfinals at Texas Lutheran University
Women's Game 1 - Noon CT - #4 Southwestern vs. #5 Colorado College
Women's Game 2 - 2 p.m. CT - #3 Texas Lutheran vs. #6 Schreiner
Men's Game 1 - 5 p.m. CT - #4 Schreiner vs. #5 Dallas
Men's Game 2 - 7 p.m. CT - #3 Centenary vs. #6 Trinity
Saturday - Semifinals at Texas Lutheran University
Women's Game 3 - Noon CT - #1 Trinity vs. Winner of Women's G1
Women's Game 4 - 2 p.m. CT - #2 Austin College vs. Winner of Women's G2
Men's Game 3 - 5 p.m. CT - #1 Southwestern vs. Winner of Men's G1
Men's Game 4 - 7 p.m. CT - #2 Texas Lutheran vs. Winner of Men's G2
Sunday - Finals at Texas Lutheran University
Women's Game 5 - Noon CT - Winner of Women's G3 vs. Winner of Women's G4
Men's Game 5 - 2 p.m. CT - Winner of Men's G3 vs. Winner of Men's G4
For more information on the 2019 SCAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament, click here for the official website.