River States Conference Tournament Semifinal Preview
RSC Tournament Schedule
Feb. 20 — First Round
No. 4 IU East def. No. 5 WVU Tech, 117-115 (4OT) — Box Score
No. 4 Ohio Christian def. No. 5 Brescia (Ky.), 87-80 — Box Score
Feb. 22 — Quarterfinals
No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio) def. No. 4 IU East, 85-81 (OT) — Box Score
No. 2 IU Southeast def. No. 3 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 90-77 — Box Score
No. 1 IU Kokomo def. No. 4 Ohio Christian, 102-74 — Box Score
No. 2 Point Park (Pa.) def. No. 3 Midway (Ky.), 78-76 — Box Score
Feb. 25 — Semifinals
No. 2 IU Southeast at No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio), 4:00 p.m.
No. 2 Point Park (Pa.) at No. 1 IU Kokomo, 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 28 — Finals
at higher seed
1 Rio Grande vs 2 IU Southeast
Still think that this is a VERY underrated league and that you could make a case for all four of these semifinal teams to make it into the NAIA National Championships. Rio is already in, as the champions of the regular season. They are now making a case to the committee for a better seed. IU Southeast comes into this game as winners of 13 straight contests including a win at Rio Grande back in the middle of January. Shiloah Blevins and Miki Tadic are going to try to stop the IUS win streak at 13 today.
1 IU Kokomo vs 2 Point Park
This is only the 2nd time these two teams will face each other this season. Point Park went to Kokomo and got the road win back in late January. Kokomo was without Ty Wills in that game and since his return IUK has been back to being tough to beat. They rolled to a 102-74 win in their QF’s game against Ohio Christian. You expect them to qualify for Nationals even with a loss, but you certainly don’t want to leave anything to chance! Point Park on the other hand has a lot to play for. In our opinion, a win here gets them IN. A loss, and they are going to be right on that IN/OUT line. They have only two losses since Christmas, so that helps. Jo Valrie and Josh Stamps have really scored the ball well for the Pioneers and Cyrie Coates has kind of been the “do-it-all type of guy”. Two good and tough teams and we are really looking forward to this one!