M/WBB: WT, LCU to host South Central Regional


Courtesy: NCAA.com

The NCAA Division II Championships Committee has chosen predetermined regional sites for the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. 

Due to the health and safety protocols surrounding the pandemic, it is necessary to conduct all NCAA championship competition at predetermined sites. The committee believes the sites and hosts chosen will provide an exceptional and safe experience for all participants.

The following sites and hosts were chosen for the men’s championship:

Men’s Basketball
AtlanticWest Liberty, West VirginiaAcademic, Sports & Recreation ComplexWest Liberty University
CentralAberdeen, South DakotaBarnett CenterNorthern State University
EastAlbany, New YorkAlbany Capital CenterThe College of Saint Rose
MidwestEvansville, IndianaFord CenterUniversity of Southern Indiana and the Evansville Sports Corp.
SouthValdosta, GeorgiaThe ComplexValdosta State University
South CentralLubbock, TexasRip Griffin CenterLubbock Christian University and Visit Lubbock
SoutheastHarrogate, TennesseeB. Frank Turner ArenaLincoln Memorial University
WestGolden, ColoradoStudent Recreation Center; Lockridge ArenaColorado School of Mines

Regional quarterfinal games will begin Saturday, March 13, followed by the semifinals Sunday, March 14, and the regional championship Tuesday, March 16. Winners will advance to the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight in Evansville, Indiana, on March 24-27.

“We were very pleased with the quantity and quality of the options the committee was able to select from under the circumstances,” said Fran Reidy, chair of the Division II Men’s Basketball Committee and Saint Leo vice president and director of athletics. “We are confident that while predetermined sites are new for our regional format, that each host site has a history of successfully hosting NCAA events and that our basketball student-athletes will have a championship experience at each of the venues.”

The following sites and hosts were chosen for the women’s championship:

Women’s Basketball
AtlanticColumbus, OhioGreater ColumbusConvention CenterOhio Dominican University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission
CentralWarrensburg, MissouriMultipurpose BuildingUniversity of Central Missouri
EastBuffalo, New YorkDaemen CollegeAthletics ComplexDaemen College
MidwestSpringfield, MissouriO’Reilly Family Event CenterDrury University
SouthDahlonega, GeorgiaUNG Convocation CenterUniversity of North Georgia
South CentralCanyon, TexasFirst United Bank CenterWest Texas A&M University
SoutheastJefferson City, TennesseeHolt FieldhouseCarson-Newman University
WestGrand Junction, ColoradoBrownson ArenaColorado Mesa University

Regional quarterfinal games will begin Friday, March 12, followed by the semifinals Saturday, March 13, and the regional championship Monday, March 15. Winners will advance to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight in Columbus, Ohio, on March 23-26.

“On behalf of Division II women’s basketball, we are excited for the upcoming championship and thankful to the hosts of this year’s predetermined sites,” said Lori Hopkins, chair of the Division II Women’s Basketball Committee and deputy athletics director at Northwest Missouri State. “Though we are doing things a little different this year, I have no doubt the quality and excellence of the championship will remain the same for all the participants. A great student-athlete experience is one of our highest priorities, and making sure it is safe and secure for all will go a long way in making this year’s championship memorable for all involved.”

Participating teams will be announced Sunday, March 7. The women’s basketball selection show will be broadcast on ncaa.com at 10 p.m. Eastern time followed by the men’s basketball selection show at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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