Hurricanes Reach "Big Dance" For Second Time In Four Years
AMERICUS – The NCAA announced on Sunday night that the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes will meet Montevallo in the first quarterfinal game of the NCAA Division II men's basketball regional at the Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C. at 12 p.m. on March 15.
Via a live webcast, the NCAA set the quarterfinal brackets for the southeast regional (March 15-18). No. 6 seed Georgia Southwestern (20-10) faces No. 3 Montevallo (24-5) in the first game on Saturday. The quarterfinals will take place Saturday, March 15 and the two semifinal contests will be played Sunday, March 16. The NCAA Division II Southeast Regional championship game will be played on Tuesday, March 18. The Southeast Region tournament champion will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which will be held March 26-29 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
The Hurricanes split a pair of regular season meetings with the Falcons during the regular season. Montevallo defeated Georgia Southwestern 61-59 Jan. 15 at Trustmark Arena. The Hurricanes then overcame the Falcons 83-74 at home Feb. 12 in the Storm Dome.
After winning the PBC Tournament for the second consecutive year USC Aiken will be the top seed and host the regional for a second year. USC Aiken will be hosting the regional for the second consecutive year and will once again be the no. 1 seed.
The Pacers will host the Southeast Regional tournament coming off of their fourth Peach Belt Tournament Title (1993, 2010, 2013, and 2014). USC Aiken has now advanced to the NCAA Tournament six out of the last seven years after making an impressive run to the elite eight in 2013.
The top seeded USC Aiken Pacers will take on Limestone (21-8) in quarterfinal play. The advancing team will take on the winner of the GRU Augusta vs. Anderson quarterfinal match up in the semifinal round.
The GRU Augusta Jaguars round out the PBC teams in the Southeast Region for the first time since 2012 where they fell to Anderson in the regional championship. Anderson will be the first team they play in their regional quarterfinal game. The Jaguars come in to the tournament as the five seed in the region after falling to Montevallo in the PBC Tournament.
2014 NCAA Regional Schedule
Saturday, March 15 – Quarterfinals
12 p.m. – No. 3 Montevallo vs. No. 6 Georgia Southwestern
2:30 p.m. - No. 2 Lincoln Memorial vs. No 7 Carson-Newman
5 p.m. – No. 1 USC Aiken vs. No. 8 Limestone
7:30 p.m. – No. 4 Anderson vs. No. 5 GRU Augusta
5 p.m. – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
7:30 p.m. – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
7 p.m. – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
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