ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – Queens, ranked No. 9 in the nation, won the 2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Title as it finished the season with a 19-1 record in conference play. With the title, the Royals have earned the No. 1 seed in next week's South Atlantic Conference Pilot Flying J Men's Basketball Championship, it was determined today as the Conference season concluded this afternoon. Queens heads into the playoffs with an eight-game winning streak, winning nine of its last 10 games.
Catawba finished in second with a 14-6 in record in conference, earning the No. 2 seed in SAC Championship. Lincoln Memorial earned the No. 3 seed with a 14-6 record. Catawba won the tiebreaker with Lincoln Memorial based on its 2-0 record versus Tusculum, while Lincoln Memorial is 1-1. Earning the No. 4 seed is Tusculum, who finished the 2018-19 season SAC season with a 12-8 mark. Lenoir-Rhyne landed at No. 5 in the bracket, as it went 12-8 on the SAC season, and Wingate earned the No. 6 seed with a 12-8 SAC record. The Pioneers won the tiebreaker over Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate by virtue of its 3-1 record versus the other two teams. The Bears won the tiebreaker over Wingate based on their win over Queens.
Rounding out the bracket is Anderson at No. 7 with a record of 10-10 in SAC play, while Carson-Newman earned the No. 8 slot with an 8-12 SAC record.
The 2019 South Atlantic Conference Pilot Flying J Men's Basketball Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites on Wednesday (March 6), before moving to Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C. for the semifinals and finals on March 9 and 10. The SAC Pilot Flying J Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament. The SAC Pilot Flying J Men's Basketball Championship schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, March 6 (at Highest Seeds)
Game 1: #1 Queens vs. #8 Carson-Newman, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: #4 Tusculum vs. #5 Lenoir-Rhyne, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3: #2 Catawba vs. #7 Anderson, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4: #3 Lincoln Memorial vs. #6 Wingate, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 (Timmons Arena, Greenville, S.C.)
Game 5: winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5:00 p.m.
Game 6: winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 (Timmons Arena, Greenville, S.C.)
Game 7: winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 4:00 p.m.
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