Dayton, Tenn. – After knocking off Truett-McConnell University (Ga.) in both of their regular-season meetings, the 10th seeded Bryan College Lions Men's Basketball team gets a favorable pairing with the No. 7 seed Bears in the opening round of the Appalachian Athletic Tournament, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22 with the championship games set for Saturday, Feb. 25. Tipoff between Bryan and Truett-McConnell is slated for 5:15pm. The winner of that game will face-off with No. 2 seed Reinhardt University (Ga.) on Thursday at 7:30pm.
The Lions went 10-19 overall this season and were 6-14 in conference play. They rallied late in the year and finished 5-1 in their last six games.
The tournament is being played in conjunction with the women's tournament, and both are being held at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Union College (Ky.) is the 2017 AAC regular-season champions and is the No. 1 seed in the event. They also receive an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. The Bulldogs ended the regular season with a perfect 20-0 conference record.
Here is a complete look at the tournament seeds:
- Union College (27-3, 20-0 AAC)
- Reinhardt University (20-8, 13-7 AAC)
- Montreat College (19-9, 12-8 AAC)
- Tennessee Wesleyan University (17-12, 11-9 AAC)
- Bluefield College (13-17, 10-10 AAC)*
- Allen University (13-15, 10-10 AAC)
- Truett McConnell University (15-15, 9-11 AAC)**
- St. Andrews University (11-16, 9-11 AAC)
- Milligan College (14-15, 9-11 AAC)
- Bryan College (10-19, 6-14 AAC)
- Point University (2-27, 1-19 AAC)
*-Bluefield is the No. 4 seed over Allen based on tie-breaker with a better record vs. teams atop the conference.
**-Truett-McConnell is the No. 7 seed over St. Andrews and Milligan based on tie-breaker with better record vs. teams atop the conference. Same for St. Andrews being No. 8 seed over Milligan.
For a complete tournament schedule and more information on the four-day event, please visit the tournament page.
Watch the tournaments live online: AAC GameCentral (Cost: $7.99/game, $19.99/men's tournament, $19.99/women's tournament)
For directions to the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, please click here.
Tournament Schedule - Printable Bracket