2021 AAC Conference Tournament Bracket
No. 5 Milligan def. No. 12 St. Andrews, 83-81 (OT)
No. 6 Montreat def. No. 11 Truett McConnell, 88-79
No. 7 Union def. No. 10 Bryan, 95-73
No. 8 Kentucky Christian def. No. 9 Bluefield, 87-75
February 25th – (Kingsport, KY)
No. 1 Reinhardt def No. 8 Kentucky Christian 73-70
No. 4 Tennessee Wesleyan def No. 5 Milligan 88-81
No. 7 Union def No. 2 Point 85-71
No. 6 Montreat def. No. 3 Columbia International 94-83
The top seed: Reinhardt (18-7, 13-6)
NAIA Locks: None
NAIA Bubble Teams: None
Best chances to win this tournament: Reinhardt (18-7, 13-6), Tennessee Wesleyan (14-7, 12-7)
Possible sleeper: Union (9-9, 8-8)
Markell Turner 6’2 Soph – Union: 27.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.2apg
– 35pts, 9assists and 5 rebounds in opening round win over Bryan
– 34pts, 5rebs, 4asst in quarterfinal win over Point.
Corey Benton 6’4 Senior – CIU: 24.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.7apg (ELIMINATED)
– 27pts, 7rebs, 5assts in loss to Montreat.
Bryant Bernard 6’0 Senior – TN Wesleyan 21.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg
– 17pts, 3rebs, 4assts in quarterfinal win over Milligan
#1 Reinhardt – Winners of 8 of their last 10 games. The Eagles under Head Coach Justin Newton went from a 7-22 squad in 19-20, to a 18-7 team this year. They get the #1 overall seed for the AAC Tournament and will have a great shot at getting 1 of the 2 AAC auto-bids.
#2 Point – Lost in the AAC Quarterfinals to Union.
#3 Columbia International – Lost in the AAC Quarterfinals to Montreat.
#7 Union – Won their opening round game behind 35pts, 9 assists, 5 rebounds from the AAC Player of the Year, Markell Turner
Semifinal Game Notes:
No. 1 Reinhardt vs #4 Tennessee Wesleyan 3pm ET
Series Tied 1-1
Sign. Us. Up. for Game 3 between these two teams. In their first two matchups, both games were won by the home team and by less than 2pts. With the 1st game going to OT. You can expect another great game with these two this afternoon!
No. 6 Montreat vs # 7 Union 5pm ET
Another battle between these two programs in Kingsport. Should be another classic one too. Union beat Montreat on a buzzer beater, in the Title game to win their 7th straight AAC Title.
The last team, outside of the Union Bulldogs to win the AAC Tourney? – Tennessee Wesleyan in 2013-14
AAC has (2) auto-bids: The AAC Tournament Champion and the 2nd team will be selected by the AAC Committee
Best Semifinal Game: #1 Reinhardt vs #4 Tennessee Wesleyan.
Our Pick To Win It: Reinhardt – We love their balance, their ability to defend and force turnovers and their ability to shoot the three ball. They don’t turn the ball over and they know how to get open shots. All of that usually leads to successful postseason runs!
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