USC Aiken women open Division II tournament with Catawba

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AIKEN — Seeds have been announced and game times set for the NCAA Division II men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Now the preparation at USC Aiken begins.

The top-seeded Lady Pacers (28-3) will face No. 8 Catawba (19-10) on Friday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the women’s Southeast Regional at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.

The second-seeded Pacer men (21-7) will travel to Montevallo, Ala., for an opening-round game Saturday against No. 7 Wingate (20-11) at 3:30 p.m.

“I don’t know one thing about them besides we tried to play them the last four or five years and they wouldn’t play us,” Pacers coach Vince Alexander said of Wingate. “We’re looking forward to finding out a little bit more about them and going up against them.”

The film work and scouting reports have already started at USC Aiken in anticipation of the fifth national tournament appearance for both teams. The Lady Pacers, who went undefeated at home in the regular season, will enjoy home-court advantage.

“Just because we’re hosting, it doesn’t guarantee that we’re going to win, but it’s going to guarantee that we’re going to be on our own court, where our shooting percentage is much higher,” Lady Pacers coach Mike Brandt said. “We have great fan support here, and we’re looking forward to that. So we’re just excited and obviously we’ve won every game here so far this year. It’s a tough place for other teams to play.”

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL

Women’s

First Round, Friday

GAME 1: No. 3 Wingate vs. No. 6 Barton, 1 p.m.

GAME 2: No. 2 Clayton State vs. No. 7 Tusculum, 3

GAME 3: No. 1 USC Aiken vs. No. 8 Catawba, 6

GAME 4: No. 4 Lander vs. No. 5 Limestone, 8

Semifinals, Saturday

GAME 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.

GAME 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7

Finals, Monday

GAME 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 7 p.m.

*All games played at USC Aiken Convocation Center

Men’s

First Round, Saturday

GAME 1: No. 3 Anderson vs. No. 6 Columbus State, 1 p.m.

GAME 2: No. 2 USC Aiken vs. No. 7 Wingate, 3:30

GAME 3: No. 1 Montevallo vs. No. 8 Barton, 7

GAME 4: No. 4 Lincoln Memorial vs. No. 5 King, 9:30

Semifinals, Sunday

GAME 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner 6 p.m.

GAME 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30

Finals, Tuesday

GAME 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 8 p.m.

*All games played at BankTrust Arena, Montevallo, Ala.


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