UMaine-Farmington earned the top seed for the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, which begins with quarterfinal games on campus sites this Saturday, February 16.
The Beavers (16-9 overall) earned the top seed in the conference tournament after posting an 11-3 record in NAC play. Second-seeded Husson (15-10 overall) also posted an 11-3 conference record, but UMaine-Farmington has the seeding advantage due to tiebreaking procedures. In this case, head-to-head results were even, but the Beavers had the better record (2-0) against No. 3 SUNY Canton. Both teams earned a bye in the quarterfinal round.
SUNY Canton (13-12, 9-5) claimed the No. 3 seed, and Thomas (12-12, 9-5) snagged the second quarterfinal-hosting spot and No. 4 seed. Despite both teams posting identical records in NAC play, the Roos earned the seeding advantage by virtue of their head-to-head results. Maine Maritime (11-13, 7-7), and UMaine-Presque Isle (11-14, 5-9) earned the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, to complete the six-team tournament field.
Two quarterfinal contests will be played on Saturday, as No. 4 Thomas hosts No. 5 Maine Maritime, and No. 3 SUNY Canton hosts No. 6 UMaine-Presque Isle. Both games times are set for 1:00 PM.
Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round on Friday, February 22, at UMaine-Farmington. The top-seeded Beavers will play the winner of the Thomas versus Maine Maritime quarterfinal contest at 5:30 PM, followed by No. 2 Husson taking on the winner of the SUNY Canton versus UMaine-Presque Isle quarterfinal at 7:30 PM.
Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, February 23, at UMaine-Farmington at 2:00 PM.
The NAC Men's Basketball Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship. The first round of the national tournament is March 1.
2019 NAC MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start dates/times are subject to change
Quarterfinals • Saturday, February 16 (at higher seeds)
No. 5 Maine Maritime (11-13, 7-7) at No. 4 Thomas (12-12, 9-5) - 1:00 PM
No. 6 UMPI (11-14, 5-9) at No. 3 SUNY Canton (13-12, 9-5) - 1:00 PM
Semifinals • Friday, February 22 (at UMaine-Farmington)
4/5 winner at No. 1 UMaine-Farmington (16-9, 11-3) - 5:30 PM
3/6 winner vs. No. 2 Husson (15-10, 11-3) - 7:30 PM
Championship • Saturday, February 23 (at UMaine-Farmington)
Semifinal Winners - 2:00 PM