The Runaround: 2014 Midwest Regional tournament
The Grace Bible College men’s basketball team will be traveling to Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Michigan this Thursday to kick-off the 2014 Midwest Regional Tournament against the #6 seed, Lincoln Christian University. Grace enters into the Regional Tournament with a 13-17 overall record, 11-6 in NCCAA DII games. Lincoln Christian University enters Thursday with a 10-16 record, with their most notable win coming over NCCAA #8 Valley Forge Christian College on November 21.
In the only match-up between Grace and Lincoln this regular season, the Tigers were able to come out with a 13-point victory on the road, 82-69. Sophomore center Luke McKian was able to use his size to his advantage and lead the team with 15 points and 4 blocks in the contest back on the 18th of January.
The winner of the Grace-Lincoln game will go on to face the winner of #2 seed Maranatha Baptist Bible College and #7 seed Moody Bible Institute. Maranatha defeated the Moody Bible Archers this past Friday in a very competitive game, 69-65, which locked in the #2 seed for the Crusaders. On the other side of the bracket, reigning regional champion Northland International University will be facing Great Lakes Christian College with the winner advancing to the semifinals to match-up against #1 seed Kuyper College. The winner of the two semifinals will advance to the title match-up for a chance to solidify a bid to the 2014 NCCAA II National Tournament in Circleville, Ohio.
"This year's tournament is as wide open as I have seen. I truly believe that any team could walk away as Regional Champion. The Midwest has been especially strong this year when playing other regions. It should make for a great tournament,” said Tigers head coach Gary Bailey.
Thursday - Quarterfinals
#3 Grace Bible College vs. #6 Lincoln Christian College - 4:00 PM
#2 Maranatha Baptist Bible College vs. #7 Moody Bible Institute - 6:00 PM
#4 Northland International University vs. #5 Great Lakes Christian College - 8:00 PM
Friday - Semifinals
Winner of Grace/Lincoln vs. Winner of Maranatha/Moody - 6:00 PM
Winner of Northland/Great Lakes vs. #1 Kuyper College - 8:00 PM
Saturday - Championship
Championship Game - 3:00 PM