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American Midwest Conference Tournament Preview

American Midwest Conference Tournament Preview

By naiahoopsreport_admin February 22, 2021 0 Comments

2021 AMC Conference Tournament Bracket

Via amcsports.com

Play In Game

February 23rd

#9 Harris-Stowe St at #8 William Woods 7pm CT Live Video

Quarterfinals

February 25th

Game 1 winner vs #1 Lyon 7pm CT Live Video
 

#5 Williams Baptist @ #4 Columbia 7pm CT Live Video

#6 Hannibal-LaGrange @ #3 Missouri Baptist 7pm Live Video

#7 UHSP @ #2 Central Baptist 7pm Live Video

Semifinals

February 27th

 

Finals

March 2nd

 

 

League Notes:

The top seed:  Lyon (10-4,8-2)
NAIA Locks:  None
NAIA Bubble Teams:   None
Best chances to win this tournament: Lyon (10-4, 8-2), Central Baptist (16-6, 11-3)
Possible sleeper:  Columbia (15-6, 9-4)

KEY PLAYERS:

Tony Burks – Columbia: 18.3ppg, 5.8rpg

Tony won the AMC scoring title this season and is a the main option in a really balanced Columbia offense. He hasn’t shot the ball great this season, but it hasn’t stopped him from producing each and every night.

 

Tedrick Wolfe: 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg

Tedrick has been the staple for CBC this season. He is one of the guys that was on this team a year ago when they lost in the AMC Championship game to Harris-Stowe. Expect Wolfe to be really motivated to extend his season!

 

Shakeel Butters – Williams Baptist: 15.1ppg, 11.6rpg, 

Shakeel is one of the best players in the AMC. He is a fierce rebounder on both ends of the floor and leads the AMC in RPG wile also being 3rd in PPG.

 

KEY TEAMS:

#1 Lyon – We can’t understate what a great job Coach Chad Tapp has done with this Lyon program and now winning their 1st ever AMC Title, and first conference title of any kind since 1982-83. The Scots force people to play their style and are tough and gritty defensively.

#2 Central Baptist – The Favorite to win the league coming into the year, but lost in the last game of the year to fall into 2nd place. This is a deep CBC team that will be motivated to win the tournament after falling short last season!

 

 

UPSET SPECIAL: 

#4 Columbia – We usually try and pick a team outside the Top 4 seeds, but with a smaller league we are going to go ahead and go with Columbia. They have beaten each of the Top 3 seeds this season already and is a team that won 9 of it’s last 12 games of the season.

Play In Game Notes:

Play-In Game Notes: #9 Harris-Stowe State @ #8 William Woods. Quite the story on both of these squads. Harris-Stowe began the year with one of the best players in the NAIA in All-American Deshaun Munson, but he decided to end his season and try to chase his pro basketball dreams. William Woods is in this game because contract tracing made the Owls sit out for the last two weeks and they didn’t have enough games to be seeded. It will be interesting to see if they are rusty at all after not playing for so long. No time to make excuses though, it’s tourney time and you have to beat the best to be the best no matter if you’re the 1 or 9 seed!

OTHER NOTES:

AMC Tournament Page

– The team with the most AMC Tournament Titles? – Columbia (10)

– Of The Top 4 seeds, Lyon is the only one to not have won a AMC Tournament Title in the past. Central Baptist -2019, Columbia -2018, Missouri Baptist 2005.

– AMC has (1) auto-bids: The AMC Tournament Champion 

Our Pick To Win It:  Central Baptist – Ultimately, they have the best talent in the league. They should be really motivated after losing the final game of the season to cost them the AMC Title and they should have some extra motivation coming off of last seasons loss in the AMC Title game.

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