Trinity Enters Conference Tournament
With the completion of the conference schedule, the Trolls are among the top eight teams that advance to the CCAC Tournament. After missing post-season play last year, the team returns as the No. 7 seed with a final CCAC record of 9-12. In the quarterfinal round Trinity will face the second seeded Saint Xavier University, the No. 3 ranked team in the nation, on February 22 at 7 pm in the Shannon Center on the campus of Saint Xavier.
The Trolls (16-14 overall) finished the conference schedule in fourth place in the South Division standings. The Cougars of Saint Xavier (27-2 overall, 18-2 CCAC) are the first place team of the North Division and as the top team have secured one of the conference’s three automatic bids to the NAIA National Championship. Trinity and Saint Xavier met during the conference schedule on December 10 and the Trolls lost that game 90-53. Saint Xavier will provide live video and stats of the quarterfinal game at: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/tcc/
The complete CCAC tournament bracket:
Wednesday, February 22
Game #1: No. 8 Robert Morris (10-20) at No. 1 St. Francis (29-0) at 7 pm
Game #2: No. 5 Judson (18-12) at No. 4 Cardinal Stritch (23-5) at 7 pm
Game #3: No. 7 Trinity Christian (16-14) at No. 2 Saint Xavier (27-2) at 7 pm
Game #4: No. 6 Olivet Nazarene (20-10) at No. 3 Purdue-Northwest (23-7) at 5 pm
Saturday, February 25 (games at site of higher seed)
Game #5: Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2
Game #6: Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #4
Tuesday, February 28 (game at site of higher seed)
Game #7: Winner of Game #5 vs Winner of Game #6
The conference tournament champion, along with St. Francis and Saint Xavier as the regular season division winners, earns an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship on March 8-14 in Sioux City, Iowa. If St. Francis or Saint Xavier claims the tournament title, the tournament runner-up would earn the third berth. If St. Francis and Saint Xavier meet in the championship game, the third bid would go to Purdue-Northwest as the next highest seeded team in the conference.
For more tournament information and final conference standings click here. For a tournament bracket click here.