Claremore Daily Progress

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March 3, 2010

RSU hoop teams open SAC tourney Thursday

CLAREMORE — The Sooner Athletic Conference released its game times and pairings Sunday for the men’s and women’s basketball tournament to be held Thursday through Saturday at the Sawyer Center on the campus of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.

The Rogers State women will get a rematch with Oklahoma Christian in the 10:45 a.m. game on Thursday. RSU enters as the No. 5 seed and OC as the No. 4 seed.

The Hillcat men are seeded sixth and will face No. 3 Oklahoma City in the final game of the evening on Thursday, scheduled for a 9:45 p.m. tip-off.

Only the top eight teams in the 12-team league qualified for the tournament. First round games will be played on Thursday followed by the semifinals on Friday and the championship games on Saturday.

The winner of the SAC Tournament will receive an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament. If the regular season champion also claims the conference tournament championship, the tournament runner-up will earn the automatic bid.

Both the Oklahoma Baptist men’s and women’s teams enter as the top seeds in the tournament.

Coach Lloyd Williams’ men’s squad will look to defend their SAC Tournament title. RSU split with first-round opponent Oklahoma City during the regular season while Coach Amy Williams’ women’s team lost both of its contests against Oklahoma Christian.

All Hillcat basketball games at the conference tournament will be carried live on RSU Radio 91.3 FM.  For more information on the SAC Tournament, visit www.soonerathletic.org.

 

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