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OAC Tournament Schedule Announced

The #6 OAC Marietta Pioneers will be travelling to #3 OAC Ohio Northern in the first round of the OAC Men’s Basketball Tournament.  The Polar Bears, 11-6 in the conference this year, will hope to take out a Pioneer team that was 7-11 in its first playoff season since 03-04.  Something tells me the Pios will have something to bring to the table.

In the other match-ups, #1 OAC (#16 National) John Carroll takes on the #8 OAC seed of Heidelberg, #2 OAC (#11 National) Capital will duel with #7 OAC Mount Union, and #5 OAC Muskingum travels to #4 OAC Wilmington.

All higher-seeded teams will be home for all tournament games.  For Marietta to force opponents to feel the force of the Pioneer home crowd, they’ll have to knock off Ohio Northern and then hope that Capital loses to Mount Union, or beat Capital themselves and hope that the Blue Streaks will have been eliminated as well.  It’s a long shot, but it is tournament time.

The OAC has one guranteed bid to the Field of 59 for the Division 3 National Tournament that goes to the tournament’s winner (as far as I understand).  Capital and John Carroll are poised to make the tournament no matter what, as they are nationally ranked.  That leaves six teams hoping to be the “upset special” that makes the tournament by defeating either (or both teams) and then joining them in the Big Dance.

I’ll have a lengthier preview of the game closer to Wednesday, when the game occurs.  The Pioneers will play at Ohio Northern, and the game should be heard on either Marietta College Broadcasting stations 88.3 WMRT-FM/98.5 WCMO-FM or (more likely) locally-owned and operated 1490 WMOA-AM.  Tip-off should be at 7:20 PM, either way.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, February 23, 2009

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