Wild Regular Season Finish, Sets Up For Wild Tournament

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The Tournament
The top seed in the 2015 SLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament was not decided until the final minutes of the regular season, as there was a three way tie between Webster, Spalding, and MacMurray for first place in the standings. In addition the fourth seed into the tournament was not decided until the final night as well with Fontbonne grabbing the spot. All of this late season action should lead to a wild 2015 SLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Webster secured the top seed in the tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker and will host #4 Fontbonne University on Friday at 8 p.m. in semi-final action. Spalding University will be the #2 seed and face #3 seed MacMurray College in the other semi-final game on Friday at 6 p.m. The SLIAC Championship game will be Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in St. Louis, Mo.

Tournament Tidbits

  • Webster is hosting the tournament for the first time since 2012.
  • Favorites are often the winners of the SLIAC Tournament, with 14 of 19 winners coming as the #1 or #2 seed of the tournament.
  • Fontbonne is making their 12th tournament appearance, going 16-7 all-time.
  • The Griffins have a conference high five tournament titles but are looking for their first title since 2009.
  • Fontbonne went 2-4 against the tournament teams this year during the regular season.
  • MacMurray is making their 15th SLIAC Tournament appearance, with a 14-12 all-time mark.
  • MacMurray has two SLIAC Tournament titles in program history, winning in 1993 and 1999.
  • Both MacMurray and Spalding went 3-3 against the tournament teams.
  • Spalding is making their third consecutive SLIAC Tournament appearance, having gone 3-1 in tournament history.
  • Spalding is looking for their second tournament championship, previously winning in 2013.
  • After winning each of the regular season’s first meetings against tournament teams, Spalding lost in all three re-matches.
  • Webster is making their conference best 18th tournament appearance, having gone 8-15 all-time in the tournament.
  • Webster has won the tournament title twice in program history, including last year.
  • Webster was 4-2 against the tournament field in the regular season.

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