MEDIA DAY AT THE ELITE EIGHT
No surprises and a lot of graciousness as the eight teams who are playing in the Division II Elite Eight get ready for their big moment on Wednesday.
Probably the most memorable moment during the head coaches confab was having the Tuskegee Head Coach Leon Douglas tell the media please don’t consider his team a “cinderella.” Douglas’ Golden Tigers emerged from the South Region as the number 8 seed and stunned the higher seeds to advance to their first ever Elite Eight. Tuskegee will take on South Central region power Metro State. Metro is 31-1 on the season and gives up only 66 points per game. They also turn it over an Elite Eight lowest 9.7 times a game.
One of the more intriguing first round match-ups pits the West Liberty Hilltoppers (29-3 Atlantic Region) against the defending national champion Drury Panthers (28-3 Midwest Region.) West Liberty averages an amazing 101.5 points per game, while Drury tries to become a repeat champion.
The first game of the day has Southern Connecticut State (30-2 East Region) taking on the Mules of Central Missouri State (27-5 Central Region.) The Owls of Southern Connecticut average 86 points per game, while the Mules feature balanced scoring and give up only 67 a contest.
The final game of the quarterfinal round has the Chico State Wildcats (25-7 West Region) taking on the South Carolina-Aiken Pacers from the Southeast Region (32-3.) The Wildcats ride into the Elite Eight having come back from 15 points down with 2:39 left in their regional final game against Cal State Stanislaus. The Pacers have great size and are out-rebounding their opponents by 8 boards a game. The Wildcats and Pacers will play the final game of the day at 6:30 pacific time. You can hear the game on Newstalk 1290-KPAY, ChicoWildcats.com, Kpay.com, and the TuneIn radio app
GAME SCHEDULE (All times Pacific)
10am #4 South. Connecticut State vs # 20 Central Missouri State
12:30pm Tuskegee University vs #1 Metro State
4pm #8 Drury vs #7 West Liberty
6:30pm #5 South Carolina-Aiken vs Chico State
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