Eight teams punched their ticket to Evansville, Indiana, on Sunday following victories in the opening round of the 2017 Deaconess GLVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament. Six of the eight higher seeded teams picked up wins and have advanced to the tournament quarterfinals, which take place Thursday and Friday, March 2-3.
On the men’s side, No. 5 Indianapolis defeated No. 12 Missouri-St. Louis 76-63, No. 6 Truman State topped No. 11 Missouri S&T 102-83, No. 7 Lewis handed No. 10 Saint Joseph’s a 78-59 loss, and No. 8 Drury earned a 97-76 result past Rockhurst. For the women, No. 5 Rockhurst beat No. 12 UW-Parkside 82-65, No. 11 Maryville upset No. 6 Truman State with a buzzer-beater 80-78, No. 7 Missouri-St. Louis was victorious over No. 10 Saint Joseph’s 58-43, and No. 9 Indianapolis turned in the other upset on the afternoon with a 66-48 road win at No. 8 William Jewell. All men’s teams and the Rockhurst women will continue on to the Ford Center with the same seed, while No. 6 UMSL, No. 7 UIndy and No. 8 Maryville were re-seeded.
On Thursday, March 2, men’s No. 1 Bellarmine will meet No. 8 Drury at 12 p.m. CT to open the quarterfinal contests, while seed Nos. 4 and 5 follow at 2:30 p.m. with UW-Parkside and Indianapolis, respectively. No. 3 Southern Indiana will open its run in the postseason event in front of a hometown crowd at 6 p.m. against No. 6 Truman, while No. 2 Quincy matches up with No. 7 and defending champions Lewis in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.
On Friday, March 3, women’s top seed Drury goes head-to-head with No. 8 Maryville in the opening game at 12 p.m. CT, while No. 5 Rockhurst faces No. 4 and defending champs Bellarmine for the 2:30 p.m. tip. At 6 p.m., No. 7 UIndy is matched up with No. 2 Southern Indiana at 6 p.m. to open the evening session before No. 6 Missouri-St. Louis ends the postseason event quarterfinals with an 8:30 p.m. matchup versus No. 3 Lewis.
Both the men’s and the women’s semifinals will commence on Saturday, March 4, as the men take to the court at noon and 2:30 p.m., followed by the men at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The men’s GLVC Champion will be crowned at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, followed by the women’s final at 3:30 p.m.
GLVC basketball fans unable to join other fans in person at the Ford Center will be able to enjoy all 14 games of the GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament live and free on the GLVC Sports Network at GLVCSN.com. More detailed coverage information is forthcoming.
For those making the trip, general admission tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com, and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 or locally at (812) 422-1515. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Ford Center Ticket Office. All-Tournament passes are $42, while Session Flex Passes are $32, allowing you access to any two of the first six sessions, excluding Sunday’s finals. Single-session tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for students 6 to 17 in age, while children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information on the 2017 Deaconess GLVC Basketball Championship Tournaments, log on to GLVCsports.com/hoops17.