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Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Preview

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Preview

By naiahoopsreport_admin February 22, 2021 0 Comments

2021 KCAC Tournament Bracket

Via kcacsports.com

Opening Round

February 22nd

9 Friends @ 8 Bethany 7pm CT Live Video

12 York@ 5 Southwestern 7pm CT Live Video

11 Sterling @ 6 Tabor 7pm CT Live Video
 
10 Avila @ Kansas Wesleyan 7pm CT Live Video

 

Quarterfinals

February 24th 

Game 1 winner vs #1 Bethel
 

Game 2 winner vs #4 McPherson

Game 3 winner vs #3 Ottawa

Game 4 winner vs #2 Oklahoma Wesleyan

 

Semifinals

February 27th

Game 5 winner vs Game 6 Winner

Game 7 winner vs Game 8 Winner

 

Finals

March 1st

Game 9 Winner vs Game 10 Winner

 

League Notes:

The top seed:  #18 Bethel (KS) (16-6, 16,4)
NAIA Locks:  #18 Bethel – Already Qualified, #22 Oklahoma Wesleyan (17-5, 13-4)
NAIA Bubble Teams: Ottawa (16-8, 13-8), McPherson (16-9, 14-9)

Best chances to win this tournament:  #18 Bethel (KS) (16-6, 16,4), #21 Oklahoma Wesleyan (17-5, 13-4), Ottawa (16-8, 13-8), McPherson (16-9, 14-9)
Possible sleeper: Kansas Wesleyan (9-13, 9-11)

KEY PLAYERS:

Jaylon Scott – Bethel: 16.3ppg, 11.46rpg, 4.73apg

Scott was the KCAC Freshman of the Year two seasons ago and should be named KCAC POY as a Junior. While he is a great rebounder and is really tough to stop on the drive, it’s his passing ability that really takes him from good to great!

 

Jaquan Daniels – Ottawa: 18.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.1spg

Jaquan is special when he wants to be. He’s got a huge motor and can really score the ball. He is great on both sides of the ball and his size and length makes it tough on offensive players. 

 

Kaleb Stokes – Oklahoma Wesleyan  17.5ppg, 7.1rpg

At 6’6 Stokes has proven the ability to beat teams both inside and out. He’s versatile and can be a tough matchup for smaller teams.

 

KEY TEAMS:

#1 Bethel – Basically led the KCAC wire to wire this year They are a tough group who can beat teams in a variety of ways. Jaylon Scott, Bryant Mocaby and Clifford Byrd III make a terrific trio and the leadership of Tavaughn Flowers helps keeps them pushing forward. 

#2 Oklahoma Wesleyan – The Defending KCAC Tournament Champions. One of the best bigs in the KCAC in Kaleb Stokes paired with one of the best shooters in the KCAC in Brooks Haddock make this OKWU team very dangerous.

 

 

UPSET SPECIAL: 

#7 Kansas Wesleyan – Winners of 4 straight to end the season. Although three of them were at home. This is a team who lost 7 straight at one point and hadn’t played with a full squad much the 2nd half of the season. They have lost a lot of close contests and will show up and compete. Won’t be an easy out for anyone.

OTHER NOTES:

KCAC Championship Guide  

– 2 Bid League: Regular Season Champ: #18 Bethel & Tournament Champ: TBD

– The last team with back to back KCAC Tournament Titles? McPherson in 2011-12 and 12-13.

– No KCAC Team in the past 10 years has more than 2 KCAC Tournament Titles.

– The Tournament was expanded from 8 teams to 12 this season for Covid scheduling conflicts. It will return to 8 next season.

Our Pick To Win It:  Bethel – This may be one of the most wide open leagues, but the Threshers have the best player in the league in Jaylon Scott, who is coming off of a triple-double against #3 William Penn. While the end result wasn’t what they wanted, this team showed they can shoot the 3 well and maybe that WPU game gets them going from the perimeter. They are very tough defensively and have the ability to play small ball to offset bigger teams.

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