Basketball Tourneys Begin in Evansville

Posted: Updated:

The Great Lakes Valley Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments begin today in Evansville. The events run through Sunday at the Ford Center in the Vanderburgh County city.

March 2, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Four teams have advanced after first-round action of the 2014 Deaconess GLVC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament and will begin preparing for the tournament quarterfinals, which will be held March 7 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. Due to No. 12 Illinois Springfield's 78-72 upset win at No. 5 Truman State, the three other tournament teams were moved up one position from their original seed announced Thursday.

The 12th-seeded Prairie Stars earned their first-ever win in the conference tournament and now take over the No. 8 seed, which pits them against top-seeded and GLVC West Division Champion Drury. The Panthers, who earned a 66-59 win at UIS on Feb. 8, will begin the defense of their conference crown at 2:30 p.m. CT on Friday.

After an 86-78 home win over Maryville on Sunday, Southern Indiana (22-5, 13-5) moves to the No. 5 seed in the tournament and now faces No. 4 Lewis (21-5, 13-5), which defeated the Screaming Eagles 73-62 in Romeoville, Ill., on Jan. 23. USI will meet the Flyers on Friday at 12 p.m. CT.

No. 6 Bellarmine (21-6, 12-6) will now face No. 3 and co-GLVC East Division Champion Indianapolis (23-3, 15-3) in the 8:30 p.m. CT nightcap on Friday, following an 82-69 victory over No. 10 William Jewell Sunday. The tournament contest will be the rubber match between the divisional rivals as Bellarmine won 96-81 at UIndy on Feb. 22, after the Greyhounds defeated the Knights in Louisville 81-79 on Jan. 16.

No. 7 Missouri-St. Louis enters the quarterfinals set to square off against second-seeded and co-GLVC East Division Champion UW-Parkside (22-5, 15-3) at 6 p.m. CT on Friday. The Rangers defeated the Tritons 89-76 on Jan. 9 in St. Louis.

Tickets for the 2014 Deaconess GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament are now on sale through ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000, or through the Ford Center box office at (812) 422-1515. All-Tournament passes are $35, while Session Flex Passes are $25, allowing you access to any two of the first six sessions, excluding Sunday's finals. Single-session tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students with a valid ID, while children aged six and under are admitted free of charge.

Source: Great Lakes Valley Conference