Skip to content

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament – Semifinal Preview

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament – Semifinal Preview

By naiahoopsreport_admin February 27, 2021 0 Comments

2021 GSAC Tournament Bracket

Quarterfinals

February 24th

#5 Edaward Waters def. #4 Rust 

#7Tougaloo lost to @ #2 Xavier 

#6 Philander Smith beats #3 Dillard due to Dillard Forfeit

 

Semifinals

February 25th (Jacksonville, Fl)

#5 Edward Waters vs #1 Talladega 6pm CT Live Video

#2 Xavier vs #6 Philander Smith 2pm CT Live Video

Finals

February 27th (Jacksonville, Fl)

League Notes:

The top seed:  #11 Talladega
NAIA Locks:  Talladega 
NAIA Bubble Teams:   Xavier
Best chances to win this tournament:  Talladega, Xavier

Possible sleeper:   Philander Smith

KEY PLAYERS:

Rayshawn Mart – Xavier: 22.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.21spg

Still one of the best in players in the NAIA. Plays both sides of the ball and really competes. Not sure there is anyone who means more to his team than what Mart does for Xavier!

 

Darryl Baker – Talladega: 16.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.1apg

Preseason GCAC Player of the Year and lived up to it. Will be interesting to see how the league votes. The All-American is tough and if Talladega is going to make a National Tournament run, you can believe that Baker will have a huge impact on that!

 

Dejalin Austin – Philander Smith: 15.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.2apg

Austin has been really good for Philander Smith. We won’t see him in the opening round now, but he’s one to watch in that Semifinal game! Smooth guard who can fill it up!

 

KEY TEAMS:

#1 Talladega – They dominated the GCAC Group Play this season. One of the top teams in the country. They have looked locked in defensively. 

#2 Xavier – Still need some help to make the NAIA National Tournament. Dillard out may help them, but need to at least make the GCAC Finals to keep bubble hopes alive.

 

UPSET SPECIAL: 

#6 Philander Smith – They get a bye with the Dillard forfeit. With just 2 wins a way from a GCAC Tourney Title, we will take a shot on Dejalin Austin and crew.

Semifinal Game Notes:

#5 Edward Waters vs #1 Talladega 6pm CT Live Video

Talladega 1-0

Talladega won the regular season matchup by 11. They have been locked in and great defensively the latter part of the season. They do have a road game today though as EWC hosts the GCAC Semifinals.

#2 Xavier vs #6 Philander Smith 2pm CT Live Video

Xavier 1-0

Xavier got the two point win over Philander in the 1st GCAC Group play stage. With Rayshawn Mart and Dejalin Austin going at it today, you should expect another great game between the two teams.

OTHER NOTES:

GCAC Tournament Guide

The GCAC is a (1) bid league: The GCAC Tournament Champion will get the auto-bid

Best Opening Round Matchup: #6 Philander Smith vs #2 XULA.

Our Pick To Win It:  Xavier – Talladega has looked really tough this season and win or lose they qualify for the National Tournament. XULA won the GCAC Tournament last year on their home court. If they are going to knock off Talladega, they are going to need to be locked in and ready to go!

 

Daily Dive – And Then There Were Eight

xWhat a wild ride the first two days it’s been in Kansas City! It’s also what makes the NAIA so much fun! There is so

Read More »

NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championships: Friday’s Games

xThe ‘Road To Muni’ last week in the opening round of the NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship was a good one! We discussed earlier that you

Read More »

NAIA Men’s National Championship Preview: Thursday Games

xThe ‘Road To Muni’ last week in the opening round of the NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship was a good one! We discussed earlier that you

Read More »

Daily Dive: NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round Review

xThe Daily Dive series hasn’t been that “Daily” here lately as we put most of our time and effort into doing the Pod Previews. We

Read More »

NAIA National Tournament Preview: Wichita Bracket B

xTeams Inside the Pod #1 Northwestern   23-5 Overall GPAC Regular Season Runners-Up GPAC Tournament Champions #9 Overall Seed     Ranks Number 3 in Division I

Read More »

NAIA National Tournament Preview: Wichita Bracket A

xTeams Inside the Pod #1 Saint Francis (IN)   24-8 Overall Crossroads League Tournament Runners-Up #14 Overall Seed     Ranks Number 1 in Division I in

Read More »

Follow us on Social Media

About naiahoopsreport_admin

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: