Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket Set
March 1, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 2009 Patriot League men's basketball tournament has been set after yesterday's action and American, Holy Cross, Navy and Army earned the top four seeds and will host games on Wednesday night at their home courts. Third-seeded Navy (19-10 / 8-6 PL) will battle sixth-seeded Colgate (9-19 / 5-9 PL) at Alumni Hall on Wednesday night, beginning at 7:00 pm.
Top-seeded American will host eighth-seeded Lafayette, while the other half of that bracket includes fourth-seeded Army hosting fifth-seeded Lehigh. The winner of the Navy-Colgate contest will take on the winner of No. 2-seed Holy Cross and No. 7-seed Bucknell.
The semifinals will be played on Sunday, March 8, at the site of the two highest remaining seeds with times to be announced later. The finals will be played on Friday, March 13, at 4:45 pm on ESPN2 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
In an ironic twist of fate, two quarterfinal games will match up rematches from Saturday. Navy beat Colgate in Alumni Hall, 77-64, on Saturday, while American escaped Lafayette, 75-68, in overtime. Bucknell defeated Holy Cross at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., 72-66, to earn the season split, while Lehigh and Army also earned season splits, with each team winning at home.
It will mark the second straight season that Navy will host a Patriot League quarterfinal game, after earning the second seed in last year's tournament. Navy hasn't hosted a tournament game in back-to-back years since the 1997 and 1998 tournaments, Navy's last two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Navy is 12-2 at Alumni Hall this year and led the league in attendance (league games only), averaging 2,949 fans per game. During tournament play at Alumni Hall, Navy is 9-1, with the lone loss coming in last year's 87-86 triple-overtime loss to Bucknell. Navy has not won a Patriot League Tournament game since a March 4, 2001, victory over Bucknell in the semifinals, losing eight straight games. Four of the eight losses have come in overtime.
In addition, Navy is 2-1 in the tournament as the third seed, reaching the finals in 1995, before losing to Adonal Foyle and Colgate, 68-63, in the finals.
Navy won the league scoring title (league games only) by averaging 68.9 ppg. Navy finished seventh in scoring defense at 67.0 ppg. In addition, Navy finished fourth in field goal percentage (.402), seventh in field goal percentage defense (.416), fourth in three-point percentage (.329) and third in three-point percentage defense (.312). In addition, Navy ranks in the top half of the league in assists (12.64; 4th), steals (7.79; 2nd), turnover margin (+2.86; 1st), assist-to-turnover ratio (0.99; 3rd) and three-pointers per game (6.79; 3rd).
Individiually, American's Garrison Carr led the league in scoring at 16.7 ppg. Kaleo Kina (16.4 ppg) and Chris Harris (15.3 ppg) finished second and third, respectively. Kina also finished second in assists (4.8 rpg), fifth in steals (1.6 spg) and seventh in rebounding (5.5 rpg).
Chris Harris was second in free throw percentage (.885), third in three-pointers made (2.57) and fourth in steals (1.7). Adam Teague finished second in three-pointers made (2.64) and sixth in three-point percentage (.420). O.J. Avworo was sixth in assists (3.7) and Mark Veazey was fourth in blocked shots (1.14). Lastly, Clif Colbert placed fourth in rebounding (5.9).
For ticket information to Navy's tournament game on Wednesday night, call 1-800-US4-NAVY.
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