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Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament – Championship Preview

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament – Championship Preview

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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 71-58

#3 Ottawa @ #2 Oklahoma Wesleyan 84-83

Finals

March 1st

#1 Bethel (KS) vs #2 Oklahoma Wesleyan 6pm CT Live Video

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)
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.

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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:

#1 Bethel (KS) vs #2 Oklahoma Wesleyan 6pm CT Live Video

Bethel 2-0

OKWU is coming off of a dramatic win at the buzzer and now will look to carry that momentum into the Championship game today. Bethel has been on a mission since losing to #2 William Penn. Since that game they have won by 25pts and 19pts thru the first two rounds of the KCAC Tournament. It’s tough beating a good team 3 times, and OKWU will be locked in and ready to go, but if they want to win this game they are going to have to slow down Jaylon Scott, who is on a terror right now.  In the 19pt win over Southwestern, he fell 3 assists shy of his 3rd straight triple-double. While he’s not scoring a ton, he is dominating games and impacting winning in other ways. This is going to be a big time game between two good teams!

OTHER NOTES:

KCAC Championship Guide  

KCAC Championship 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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