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(New Orleans-Excerpts taken from www.gcaconf.com) The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference has announced both its bracket and pairings for the 2017 GCAC Men's Basketball Championship. Dillard University (22-7, 11-1 GCAC), the 10th ranked team in the country, earns the top seed in the tournament after claiming the conference's regular season championship for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
The tournament will begin on Friday, March 3 in Dillard's Dent Hall at 12:00 p.m. with No. 4 seed Xavier (10-19, 6-6) facing No. 5 Edward Waters (12-18, 5-7). The Gold Rush swept the Tigers in two regular season meetings. The winner of that game will face Dillard in the tournament semifinals on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
No. 3 Talladega (21-9) takes on No. 6 Tougaloo (10-15, 5-7) at 2:00 p.m., while No. 2 Philander Smith (13-12, 7-5) and No. 7 SUNO (4-20, 1-11) will meet at 5:00 p.m. in the last game of the opening round. The Tornadoes defeated the Bulldogs in both regular season matchups, while Philander Smith split the season series with the Knights.
Saturday's first semifinal is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Xavier University Convocation Center, with the Talladega/Tougaloo winner playing the winner of Philander Smith/SUNO.
The tournament championship final is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, at 4:15 p.m. at the Xavier Convocation Center.
2017 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 3 (Dent Hall/Dillard University)
Game 1 (4) Xavier University vs. (5) Edward Waters 12 p.m.
Game 2 (3) Talladega vs. (6) Tougaloo 2:00 p.m.
Game 3 (2) Philander Smith vs. (7) SUNO 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 (Xavier University Convocation Center)
Semifinal 1 (1) Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner 2 p.m.
*Semifinal 2 (1) Dillard vs. Game 1 winner 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 (Xavier University Convocation Center)
Championship Game Semifinal winners 4:15 p.m.