Balladeer’s Blog’s February Frenzy nearly saw three 1 seeds of conference tournament season take a fall yesterday. The Mid- Central College Conference’s 1 seed, the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats became this postseason’s first number 1 to be taken down. The (4) St Francis (IN) Cougars did the honors 78-65.
In the Association of Independent Institutions the top- seeded Jamestown College Jimmies (logo at right) survived a semifinal scare against the 4th- seeded Dickinson State Blue Hawks in a 71-70 Instant Classic. The Jimmies play the Dakota State Trojans in the championship game later today.
Meanwhile in the KCAC tournament the (4) Tabor College Blue Jays nearly brought down the (1) McPherson Bulldogs in a 68-66 thriller.
In other action this has been pretty much The Year of the Seven Seeds. Last night the KIAC’s Asbury Eagles joined other 7th-seeded teams like the Lourdes University Gray Wolves and the Grand View Vikings in taking down their 2nd- seeded opponents.
To recap yesterday’s results:
THE SUN CONFERENCE – (1) Northwood (FL) Seahawks over the (3) Warner Royals 77-68 *** NORTHWOOD SEAHAWKS MOVE ON TO NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
AMERICAN MIDEAST CONFERENCE – (1) Daemen Wildcats over the (2) Wilberforce Bulldogs 76-49 *** DAEMEN WILDCATS MOVE ON TO NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
APPALACHIAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – (1) TWC Bulldogs over the (4) Reinhardt Eagles 52-50 *** TWC BULLDOGS MOVE ON TO NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS (semis) – (1) Jamestown Jimmies over the (4) Dickinson State Blue Hawks 71-70 *** (3) Dakota State Trojans UPSET the (2) VCS Vikings 82-73
CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE (semis) – (1) Cal Maritime Academy Keelhaulers (love that name) over the (5) Simpson Red Hawks 70-60 *** (2) Holy Names University Hawks over the (3) William Jessup Warriors 71-62
CASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE (semis) – (1) Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls over the (4) Eastern Oregon Mountaineers 91-79 *** (2) Northwest (WA) Eagles over the (3) Warner Pacific Knights 91-80
CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – (1) Cardinal Stritch Wolves over the (2) Calumet College Crimson Wave 82-62 *** CARDINAL STRITCH WOLVES MOVE ON TO NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
GREAT PLAINS ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (semis) – (1) Dordt College Defenders over the (4) Midland Warriors 68-61 *** (2) Northwestern (IA) Red Raiders over the (3) Briar Cliff Chargers 95-50
KANSAS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (semis) – (2) St Mary Spires over the (6) Ottawa (KS) Braves 87-70 *** (1) McPherson Bulldogs over the Tabor College Blue Jays 68-66
KENTUCKY INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (quarters) (1) Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers over the (8) St Louis College of Pharmacy Eutectics 93-50 *** (7) Asbury Eagles UPSET the (2) Indiana East Red Wolves 96-93 (OT) UPSET OF THE NIGHT *** (4) Cincinnati Christian Eagles over the (5) Alice Lloyd Eagles 98-80 *** (3) Brescia Bearcats over the (6) Berea Mountaineers 72-64
MID-CENTRAL COLLEGE CONFERENCE (semis) – (2) Grace College Lancers over the (3) Marian Knights 62-53 *** (4) St Francis Cougars UPSET the (1) Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats 78-65
MIDLANDS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – (1) Bellevue Bruins over the (3) York Panthers 112- 72 *** BELLEVUE BRUINS MOVE ON TO NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
WOLVERINE-HOOSIER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (semis) – (7) Lourdes University Gray Wolves UPSET the (6) Concordia (MI) Cardinals 62-58 *** (1) Davenport Panthers over the (4) Indiana Tech Warriors 91-59
NCCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL – (1) Ohio Christian University Trailblazers over the (2) Kentucky Christian Knights 82-67 *** OCU TRAILBLAZERS MOVE ON TO NCCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
SOCAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT – (15) El Camino Warriors UPSET the (2) Mt San Antonio College Mounties 57-56 *** (19) Riverside Tigers UPSET the (3) Mt San Jacinto Eagles 79-76 (OT) UPSET OF THE TOURNAMENT SO FAR *** (1) Citrus College Fighting Owls over the Imperial Valley College Arabs 92-78 *** (4) San Bernardino Wolverines over the (13) Los Angeles Valley Monarchs 87-76
NORCAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT – (2) Yuba 49ers over the (18) West Hills College Coalingas 98-58 *** (4) Diablo Valley Vikings over the (13) Chabot College Gladiators (love that name) 74-48 *** (1) San Francisco Rams over the (17) Contra Costa Comets 95-60 *** (3) Santa Rosa Bear Cubs over the (14) Feather River College Golden Eagles 86-81 (OT)
MORE TO COME IN A MOMENT