Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The 2016 KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Tips Off Today at Various Sites

The 2016 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament tips off tonight at various sites.

IU East has already earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II tournament by virtue of Alice Lloyd's loss to Ohio Christian last weekend.

As a result, Alice Lloyd will now need to win the tournament to earn an automatic bid of their own. The Eagles and IU East will both be No. 1 seeds in the tournament.

Here's a release from the league:

FLORENCE, Ky. -- The 2015-16 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament bracket has been unveiled at KIACSports.com. The eight-team, single elimination tournament had its seedings and pairings finalized on Saturday, the final day of the regular season. The bracket is revealed at the link above and at the bottom of this page.

The KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament tips off on Wednesday, Feb. 24 with four first-round games around the conference. Winners advance to the semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 27, and the finals are Tuesday, March 1. The higher seed hosts each individual game.

The KIAC Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championship March 9-15 at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

The top four teams from each of the KIAC Colonial and Capital Divisions qualified for the conference tournament. The top two seeds out of each division host playoff games in the first round, and the first-round matchups cross over the two divisions.

Indiana University East (18-12, 12-4 KIAC) is the No. 1 overall seed as the team with the best conference record in the KIAC. That earns the Red Wolves a guaranteed bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament. Indiana East enters the tournament as the champion of the KIAC Colonial Division and will host Asbury (Ky.) University (15-15, 7-9 KIAC), the No. 4 seed from the KIAC Capital Division, in the first round on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at Earlham College.

The other first-round game in Indiana East's half of the bracket features Cincinnati Christian University (20-8, 11-5 KIAC), the No. 2 seed from the KIAC Capital, hosting WVU Tech (16-13, 8-8 KIAC), the No. 3 seed from the KIAC Colonial. That matchup tips off Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College is the other No. 1 seed and has home-court advantage throughtout the tournament, a right earned with a victory over IU East Feb. 16. The Eagles (16-11, 11-5 KIAC) are the champions of the KIAC Capital Division and host the University of Rio Grande (17-13, 7-9 KIAC), the No. 4 seed from the KIAC Colonial, on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Also in Alice Lloyd's half of the bracket is Point Park (Pa.) University, the No. 2 seed from the KIAC Colonial. The Pioneers (16-10, 9-7 KIAC) host Brescia (Ky.) University (15-12, 9-7 KIAC), the No. 3 team from the KIAC Capital, on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Complete Release

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