Postseason Brackets Set For Titans In FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida State // February 12, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The brackets are set for Eastern Florida’s men’s and women’s basketball teams in the March 2-5 NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Tournament at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.
Eastern Florida’s Southern Conference champion men will play the Panhandle Conference’s runner-up – still to be determined – at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
Eastern Florida’s women qualified for the tournament but the race for first place in the Southern Conference is undecided.
If the women finish first, defending their 2015 championship, they will play the Panhandle Conference runner-up – either No. 6 nationally ranked and defending national champion Chipola College or No. 2 nationally ranked Gulf Coast State – at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3.
If they finish second in the conference they will play the Mid-Florida Conference runner-up – most likely Santa Fe College – at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 3.
The men’s semifinals are 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, March 4. The women’s semifinals are 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, March 4.
The men’s final is 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5 followed by the women’s final at 7.
The men’s tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NJCAA Men’s Division I Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas. The women’s champion and runner-up receive automatic bids to the NJCAA Women’s Division I Championship tournament in Lubbock, Texas.
Eastern Florida’s men finished as Region 8/FCSAA Tournament runner-up for the second time in three years last season and advanced to Hutchinson, losing in the first round.
The Titan women reached the Region 8/FCSAA Tournament last season for the first time since 2002 but lost in the first round to Gulf Coast.
The women played Gulf Coast twice this season, losing both, and also lost to Chipola. The Titans beat Santa Fe in their season opener.
The Titan women are 11-1 in the conference and 18-8 overall, ranked fourth in Florida. They received votes in the national poll.
Eastern Florida’s men are 12-0 in the conference and 24-3 overall, ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 7 nationally.
The Titan men and women both play at home at the Titan Field House on the Melbourne Campus on Saturday.
The women host Miami Dade College at 2 p.m. in a game to be televised live on WEFS-TV and streamed live at www.efsctitans.com/webcast.
The men host ASA Miami at 4. Admission to both games is free.