ST. CHARLES, Mo. — For the second year in a row, the Family Arena will host both the men’s and women’s Great Lakes Valley Conference basketball tournaments starting on Thursday. Drury will try to defend their GLVC tourney crowns after sweeping both the men’s and women’s tournaments in their first year at the Family Arena.
Both tournament fields were whittled down from 12 to 8 with the bottom eight seeds battling last weekend in on-campus matchups. University of Missouri-St. Louis entered the tournaments seeded twelfth in the women’s tournament and eleventh in the men’s. However, both were eliminated on Sunday, so they will not be making the short trek across the Missouri River for this weekend’s action.
The weekend is divided into seven sessions with both tournaments culminating in championship games to be played Sunday afternoon. The All-Tournament pass which is good for every game of both tournaments, can be purchased for $38. Single session adult tickets are $18, and students can purchase tickets for $11 with a valid ID. Children six years old and under are free. Make sure and bring cash because parking at the Family Arena will be $5 per session. Tickets can be purchased through Metrotix.com or at the arena box office.
If you cannot make it to the Family Arena for this weekend’s festivities, the GLVC will be broadcasting their games online.
This year, it will be ladies first, as the women’s tournament takes center stage on day one. Thursday will see the four quarterfinals games played on the women’s side. There was only one upset in Sunday’s first round games and it was #9 Indianapolis over #8 McKendree. Top-seeded Lewis University enters the tournament as the clear favorite after going through the regular season with an unblemished conference record of 18-0 and just one loss overall. The fourth-ranked team in the country is joined in the national top 10 by the tenth-ranked defending champ, two-seed Drury. Fourth-seeded Quincy is ranked 22nd in the country despite finishing a game back in conference of the three seed and 24th ranked team in the country, Bellarmine.
Thursday, March 3
12 p.m. – #3 Bellarmine (21-3 overall, 15-3 GLVC) vs. #6 St. Joseph’s (19-10,11-7)
2:30 p.m. – #2 Drury (23-3, 16-2) vs. #7 Rockhurst (15-12, 7-11)
6 p.m. – #4 Quincy (23-4, 14-4) vs. #5 Truman State (20-9, 13-5)
8:30 p.m. – #1 Lewis (27-1, 18-0) vs. #8 Indianapolis (10-19, 7-11)
The men’s side of the tournament at the Family Arena tips off Friday. Bellarmine enters the tournament once again as the top seed looking to avenge last season’s loss in the championship game to Drury, who is the two-seed again despite having a worse conference record than UW-Parkside because of the Panthers’ finish atop the West Division. Bellarmine and Wisconsin-Parkside are the two GLVC representatives currently in the NABC Coaches Poll at 12 and 14, respectively. The on-campus, opening-round games were all chalk, as the higher-seeded team won each of the four matchups.
Friday, March 4
12 p.m. – #1 Bellarmine (22-5, 15-3) vs. #8 Southern Indiana (19-10, 10-8)
2:30 p.m. – #4 Indianapolis (20-6, 14-4) vs. #5 Lewis (21-8, 12-6)
6 p.m. – #2 Drury (19-7, 14-4) vs. #7 Quincy (19-9, 12-6)
8:30 p.m. – #3 UW-Parkside (22-4, 15-3) vs. #6 Truman State (21-8, 12-6)
For live updates from the Family Arena all weekend, follow @TimJKaiser on twitter.