WOMEN'S BRACKET: Benedict and Kentucky State Earn Top Seeds
Benedict (24-2), the 2015-16 east division champion finished the regular season with a 14-2 record in the SIAC. The Lady Tigers are currently ranked 12th in the Women's Basketball Division II Media Poll, sponsored by D2SIDA and 14th in the latest USA Today Sports Division II women's basketball poll. Additionally, Benedict is ranked second in the NCAA Division II regional rankings. The Lady Tigers earned a first-round bye and will face the either No. 4 Lane (5-21, 5-11) or No. 5 Paine (9-18, 6-10) on Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m.
Kentucky State (21-3) won the west division title with a 14-2 conference mark. KSU is ranked second in the NCAA Division II regional rankings and is currently on a 14-game winning streak. KSU received a bye and will meet either No. 4 Fort Valley State (10-16, 9-7) or No. 5 Stillman (10-15, 5-11) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Albany State (14-12, 12-4) also earned a first-round bye and was seeded second in the east division. The Lady Rams will play either No. 3 Central State (13-13, 6-10) or No. 6 Clark Atlanta (6-20, 4-12) Thursday afternoon, March 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Miles (15-11, 9-7) earned the No. 2 seed in the west and will take on No. 7 Tuskegee (5-20, 4-12) in an opening round game. Claflin (16-10, 11-5) was seeded third and is set to face No. 6 LeMoyne-Owen (7-18, 5-11) on Tuesdsay, March 1 at 10 a.m.
MEN'S BRACKET: Stillman and Benedict Earn Top Seeds
Stillman (23-5) won the west division with a 17-1 mark and enters this week's conference tournament at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Ala. on a 14-game winning streak. The Tigers who are 19-1 in their last 20 games, earned a first-round bye and will play either No. 4 Clark Atlanta (9-19, 7-12) or No. 5 Tuskegee (13-12, 9-9) on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:45 p.m.
In the east, Benedict (16-11, 11-7) claimed the divisional title and also received a first-round bye. The Tigers will face the winner of the game between No. 4 LeMoyne-Owen (13-14, 10-8) and No. 5 Fort Valley State (6-22, 4-14) on Wednesday, March 2 at 3:15 p.m.
Miles (16-12, 14-5) was seeded second in the west and will face Paine (7-21, 3-14), who garnered the seventh seed, on Tuesday, March 1 in the opening round. Morehouse(14-9, 10-8) earned the No. 2 seed in the east and play No. 7 Central State (11-14, 9-9) on Tuesday.
Lane (16-12, 12-6) was seeded third in the west and will meet No. 6 Albany State (5-21, 4-14) in its opening game. Claflin (14-12, 10-8), who claimed the third seed in the east, will face No. 6 Kentucky State (11-14, 9-9) on Tuesday.
The 2016 SIAC Basketball Tournament begins on Monday, Feb. 29 and will conclude on Saturday, March 5 with the women's championship game at 4:00pm. The men's championship game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
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