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Fab Four Preview Road To Muni Podcast

We are down to the final three games of the season as College of Idaho, Ottawa (AZ), Georgetown and Indiana Tech make up your NAIA Fab Four teams and tipoff on Saturday! In this episode, Junior and Pat dive deeper into the games, the paths of each team and more! — Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/naia-hoops-report/support
  1. Fab Four Preview
  2. Round of 16 Preview – Welcome to Kansas City!
  3. 2023 NAIA Men's National Championship Preview
  4. Continental Athletic Conference Tournament Preview
  5. Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Preview

AAC Tournament Game Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Game 1 – No. 8 Milligan (12-15) vs. No. 9 Truett McConnell (12-16), 2:30 pm
Game 2 – No. 7 Columbia International (14-13) vs. No. 10 Bluefield (10-18), 4:15 pm

Thursday, Feb. 23
Game 3 – No. 1 Union (26-1) vs. Game 1 Winner, 12 pm
Game 4 –
 No. 4 Tennessee Wesleyan (15-10) vs. No. 5 Bryan (14-13), 1:45 pm
Game 5 – No. 2 Reinhardt (15-12) vs. Game 2 Winner, 7:30 pm
Game 6 – No. 3 Montreat (17-10) vs. No. 6 Point (15-13), 9:15 pm

Friday, Feb. 24
Game 7 – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 6 pm
Game 8 – Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 8 pm

Saturday, Feb. 25
Game 9 – Championship Game –
 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 3 pm

Opening Round Breakdown

One of the more unique conference tournaments in the NAIA. The AAC Tournament is played in Kingsport, KY in a hotel conference hall. Union has won the tournament 9 years in a row and are the heavy favorites to win a 10th. Behind them, it’s a crap shoot. This is a ultra-competitive league 2-10. Reinhardt having the 2-seed puts them in the best position to get the 2nd auto-bid for the AAC. We will see if someone can pull off the major upset over Union, but this is always a fun and unique tourney that has seen its fair share of buzzer beaters.

No. 8 Milligan vs No. 9 Truett McConnell

Freshman, Dylan Bartley, has been a stud for this relatively youthful Milligan team. He finished the regular season in 10th place in scoring in the AAC. Which says a lot on a team that only averages 75ppg. Overall, this game will be a pretty low scoring affair. Truett-McConnell averages just 74ppg. Truett-McConnell will lean on 2nd team All-Conference performer, Brent Kelly to get them the win. These two teams split their regular season matchups, both winning on the others home floor. Truett-McConnell comes in losing 3 of its final 5 games, but this is a team that does have a Top 25 win over Florida College earlier this season.

No. 7 Columbia International vs No. 10 Bluefield

The AAC Freshman of the Year, Elijah White will look to lead Bluefield to a big tourney win. Elijah finished 7th in the AAC in scoring with 16.2ppg. Which is mind boggling on a team that averages just 72ppg. CIU counters with 1st team All-AAC member, Dianthony Heathcock and 2nd team players, Skyler McKinney and Darrian Oates. CIU won 6 of their final 9 games and while they had some road struggles this season, they have been really good at home. This being a neutral court, it will be interesting to see how that affects this CIU squad. A team they just lost to 7 days ago.


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