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Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament – Semifinal Preview

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament – Semifinal Preview

By naiahoopsreport_admin February 27, 2021 0 Comments

2021 KCAC Tournament Bracket

Opening Round

February 22nd

9 Friends 68
@ 8 Bethany 63

12 York 70 @ 5 Southwestern 87 

11 Sterling 72 @ 6 Tabor 66
 
10 Avila 70 @ Kansas Wesleyan 78 

Quarterfinals

February 24th

#4 McPherson (Kan.) lost to #5 Southwestern (Kan.)

68-73

 

#1 Bethel (Kan.) def #9 Friends (Kan.)

83-64

 

#2 Oklahoma Wesleyan def. #7 Kansas Wesleyan

64-63

 

#3 Ottawa (Kan.) def. #11 Sterling (Kan.)

101-76

 

Semifinals

February 27th

#5 Southwestern @ #1 Bethel 2pm CT Live Video

#3 Ottawa @ #2 Oklahoma Wesleyan 2pm CT Live Video

Finals

March 1st

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)

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), 
Possible sleeper: Kansas Wesleyan – Eliminated 

KEY PLAYERS:

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

– 10pts, 20rebs, 10assts in quarterfinal win over Friends.

 

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

– 12pts, 9rebs in quarterfinal win over Sterling.

 

Kaleb Stokes – Oklahoma Wesleyan  17.5ppg, 7.1rpg

– 17pts, 6rebs, 3assts in quarterfinal win over Kansas Wesleyan.

 

KEY TEAMS:

#1 Bethel – Beat Friends 83-64 off of 31pts from Tavaughn Flowers and a triple-double from the KCAC POY Jaylon Scott.

#2 Oklahoma Wesleyan – Defeated Kansas Wesleyan 64-63.

 

 

UPSET SPECIAL: 

#7 Kansas Wesleyan – Lost by 1pt to 2-seed OKWU.

Semifinal Game Notes:

#5 Southwestern @ #1 Bethel 2pm CT Live Video

Season series tied 1-1

Both teams took care of their home floor against each other. Neither game was over 10pts though and you should expect to see the same here. As good as Bethel has played they face a young and tough Southwestern squad who shows up each night and battles. They will have to find a way to slow down Jaylon Scott today though as he comes in off of back to back triple-double performances.

#3 Ottawa @ #2 Oklahoma Wesleyan 2pm CT Live Video

Season Series tied 1-1

Once again both teams protected their home floors in the series. Both of the games were also shootouts with both teams going over 90pts. You can expect to see another shootout today as that is kind of how Ottawa has been playing. They will force the tempo and play fast. Oklahoma Wesleyan has shown they can keep pace though and this should be a fun contest today.

OTHER NOTES:

KCAC Championship Guide  

KCAC Semifinal Preview – From KCAC Website

– 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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