INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 9 nationally-ranked and South Atlantic Conference regular-season champion Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team has earned the No. 2 seed for the 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, it was announced via a live selection show on Sunday night, March 5. The Railsplitters (26-5) will face Pfeiffer in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Railsplitters will be making their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Lincoln Memorial was in line to host the Southeast Regional for the third straight season, but suffered a 75-72 loss to No. 10 Queens in the SAC Championship title game on Sunday. The Royals earned hosting duties for the Southeast Regional by virtue of that win, which snapped LMU's 16-game winning streak and was Queens' first-ever SAC tournament title. Saturday will mark the third all-time meeting between Lincoln Memorial and Pfeiffer and the first since January 27, 1992 -- a 69-66 win for the Railsplitters in Harrogate. The Falcons won the only other meeting 90-73 in Misenheimer, North Carolina. Pfeiffer shared the Conference Carolinas regular-season title with Limestone and enters the NCAA Tournament with a 26-4 overall record. The Falcons, who are led by the league's Player of the Year in A.J. Clark, were eliminated by King in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals 100-98. The four quarterfinal games of the Southeast Regional will take place on Saturday, March 11, with the first game tipping off at noon at the Levine Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two semifinal games will be played on the night of Sunday, March 12. The 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional championship game will be played on Tuesday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. All seven Southeast Regional contests will be hosted in Charlotte. Lincoln Memorial will be looking to return to the NCAA Division II National Championship game after making it there for the first time in program history last season. Coincidentally, this year's Elite Eight will be held at Sanford Pentagon March 22-25 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota just minutes from the Augustana campus. The Augustana Vikings defeated the Railsplitters 90-81 in the 2016 National Championship game.
Lady Railsplitters Earn No. 3 Seed In NCAA Southeast Regional, Will Face Clayton State Friday
The Lady Railsplitters are going dancing for the first time since the 2002-03 season as they were awarded the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament bid Sunday evening, March 5. They are the No. 3 seed and will face sixth-seeded Clayton State on Friday in Columbus, Ga. The Lakers are currently 24-6 and finished second in the Peach Belt Conference's West Division. They lost to Lander in the Peach Belt Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday. Other teams in the regional are Columbus State, Anderson, Limestone, Lander, King and Wingate. LMU is currently 26-4 on the season and having one of the best years in program history under the tutelage of SAC Coach of the Year Krystal Evans, who is in her third season. The team is led by the SAC Player of the Year Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.), who was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-America several days ago. She is joined on the All-SAC squads by Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) who is on the Second Team; All-SAC Honorable Mention Josey Harding (Middletown, Ohio); and Sydney Duggins (Oliver Springs, Tenn.), who is on the All-Freshman Team. Some of the program firsts this season included starting the season with a 20-0 winning streak and achieving the highest national ranking in program history in early February. They also won the program's first ever South Atlantic Conference Championship and had their best-ever finish in SAC play at 19-3, one win shy of the current record for SAC wins in a season. The team advanced to the championship game of the SAC Tournament before falling to Wingate Sunday afternoon. They are currently ranked 11th in the latest WBCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll and 24th in the NCAA Division II SIDA Media Poll.
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