By Jeremy Wright
Conference Tournament Edition
Final Standings & AMC Tournament Seedings (Conference Record)
- 1. Lyon (Ark)(8-2)
- 2. Central Baptist (Ark)(11-3)
- 3. Missouri Baptist (10-4)
- 4. Columbia (Mo)(9-4)
- 5. Williams Baptist (Ark)(5-6)
- 6. Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo)(3-11)
- 7. Health Sciences & Pharmacy (Mo)(0-11)
- 8. William Woods (Mo)(6-5)
- 9. Harris-Stowe (Mo)(0-6)
Play-In Round (Higher Seed Hosts)
Tuesday, February 23rd
#9 Harris-Stowe @ #8 William Woods
–January 9th, William Woods def Harris-Stowe 89-72
-February 6th, William Woods def Harris-Stowe 72-62
-It’s clear William Woods is the better team, and with Harris-Stowe being winless coming into the conference tournament, I don’t see that changing.
Quarter Final Round (Higher Seed Hosts)
#8 William Woods @ #1 Lyon
-January 16th, Lyon def William Woods 65-51
-This game shouldn’t be a first round matchup. Based off of record, this is a second round matchup at the earliest. The AMC’s rule on cancellations and games played has put William Woods at a disadvantage. However, this is what the schedule says, and Lyon coming off of a win over Central Baptist to take over first place, will be hard to beat.
#7 Health Sciences & Pharmacy @ #2 Central Baptist
-January 7th, Central Baptist def HSP 93-75
-February 14th, Central Baptist def HSP 92-69
-I can’t see this being much of a contest. The AMC’s rules on standings gave HSP the #7 seed and I don’t expect this to be much of a contest.
#6 Hannibal-LaGrange @ #3 Missouri Baptist
–January 19th, Missouri Baptist def HLGU 77-69
-January 30th, Missouri Baptist def HLGU 65-53
-This matchup looks to favor Missouri Baptist, as they seem to be the better team here in this matchup.
#5 Williams Baptist @ #4 Columbia
-January 21st, Columbia def Williams Baptist 62-54
-Williams Baptist’s lack of consistency leads me to favor Columbia in this one. Columbia throughout the season has been the better team, and I expect them to pull away in this one.
Semi Finals (Higher Seed Hosts)
#4 Columbia @ #1 Lyon
January 19th, Columbia def Lyon 73-64
February 13th, Lyon def Columbia 56-54
-Interesting matchup here. The difference between these teams is the games played differential. Columbia played 13 games, Lyon played 10. Lyon had a smaller sample, and made the most of it to their advantage. I have to go with home court advantage here. I think these teams are evenly matched, and I’m expecting a shootout.
#3 Missouri Baptist @ #2 Central Baptist
January 16th, Central Baptist def Missouri Baptist 74-65
February 13th, Missouri Baptist def Central Baptist 80-63
-What a matchup here. Honestly, I’m torn on who to take, it’s so close for me. However, Central Baptist I feel has the edge with home court.
AMC Final (Higher Seed Hosts)
Tuesday, March 2nd
#2 Central Baptist @ #1 Lyon
January 12th, Central Baptist def Lyon 84-59
February 21st, Lyon def Central Baptist 91-78
-I love this matchup right here. I just feel like Central Baptist is the better team here. I think Central Baptist takes their second title in three years.