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Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament – Semifinal Preview

Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament – Semifinal Preview

By naiahoopsreport_admin February 26, 2021 0 Comments

2021 SSAC Tournament Bracket

Quarterfinals

February 25th

Watch Live $$$

 10:45 am | No. 6 William Carey vs. No. 3 Loyola

 2:15 pm | No. 7 Brewton-Parker vs. No. 2 Stillman

 6:15 pm | No. 8 Blue Mountain vs. No. 1 Faulkner

9:45 pm | No. 4 Middle Georgia vs. No. 5 Mobile

Semifinals

February 26th

 

| 3 pm | No. 3 Loyola v No. 2 Stillman


| 7 pm | No. 1 Faulkner v No. 5 Mobile

Finals

February 27th 

Championship Game | 6:30 pm

League Notes:

The top seed:  #7 Faulkner 
NAIA Locks:  Faulkner, Stillman, Loyola
NAIA Bubble Teams:   None
Best chances to win this tournament:  Faulkner, Stillman, Loyola
Possible sleeper:  William Carey – ELIMINATED

KEY PLAYERS:

Trey Petty – Stillman: 20.6ppg, 4.3rpg

– 12pts, 5rebs in Quarterfinal win.

 

CJ Williamson – Faulkner: 18.75ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.6apg

– 15pts, 9rebs, 4assts in Quarterfinal win.

 

Zach Wrightsil- Loyola: 16.1ppg, 9.5rpg, 4apg

– 12pts, 15rebs in Quarterfinal win.

 

KEY TEAMS:

#1 Faulkner – This Faulkner duo of Williamson and Jordan Hamlette has been quite the show to watch these past few weeks of the season. Hamlette has been a great complimentary piece to the All-American CJ Williamson.

#2 Stillman – Trey Petty and Devin Merriweather will look to lead Stillman to the SSAC Tournament. This team plays hard and with a lot of fight. They won’t be an easy out for anyone.

#3 Loyola – Loyola has the talent and experience to make a run and win the SSAC Tournament. Myles Burns and Zach Wrightsil will look to win their 2nd SSAC Title in the past 3 years.

 

UPSET SPECIAL: 

#6 William Carey  – ELIMINATED by Loyola in Quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal Game Notes

| 3 pm | No. 3 Loyola v No. 2 Stillman

Season Series tied 2-2

The just split a pair of games this past weekend at Stillman. Loyola could have swept but a controversial buzzer beating 3, downed them. There is going to be a lot of talent on the floor in this one. One of the best matchups in the Conference Tournaments that we have seen yet.

| 7 pm | No. 1 Faulkner v No. 5 Mobile

No regular season matchup

1st matchup between the two and you can expect Mobile to be fired up for it. RJ Kelly is no stranger to big games, and if Mobile is going to get this win, they will need a big performance from Kelly.

 

OTHER NOTES:

SSAC Tournament Page

The SSAC is a (2) bid league. They switched the auto-bids around because of going two divisions with Covid. 

Best Semifinal matchup: #2 Stillman vs #3 Loyola.

Our Pick To Win It:  Loyola – Won the tournament in 2019 and the combination of Wrightsil and Burns makes them really tough to beat! They lead the NAIA in offensive rebounding, which creates a ton of 2nd chance points for this group. They also are 2nd in the NAIA in total rebounds per game and are 6th in rebounding margin per game. All of those are major factors in postseason success!

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