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Wild Regular Season Finish, Sets Up For Wild Tournament

Wild Regular Season Finish, Sets Up For Wild Tournament

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.

Broadcast Information
The Championship Game of this year's SLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament will be broadcast live on College Casts. You can listen to the game HERE Games will also be videocast HERE

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.

First year head coach Anthony Hall has guided the Griffins back to the postseason after going 12-13 overall and 11-7 SLIAC play. The Griffins closed out the regular season with three consecutive wins and are averaging 67.8 points per game this season, fifth most in the conference. The Griffins like to attack the basket, averaging a conference high 23.4 free-throw attempts per game.

Junior forward Jared Greenlee is the team's go to player, leading the team in both scoring (13.1) and rebounding (7.3) per game. Greenlee is shooting 52.6 percent from the floor this year, good for fourth in the conference. Junior guard Blake Welch is the team's top outside threat, averaging 10.2 points per game, shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range.

MacMurray begins postseason play with a 13-12 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the SLIAC. The Highlanders tied for a share of the SLIAC regular season title, marking their first title since the 2006-07 season. The Highlanders went 6-4 in their final 10 regular season games and closed out the season with a 98-71 win over Principia.

MacMurray is averaging a conference high 76.9 points per game. Senior center Clayton Whitlock has been a force this season, winning the SLIAC scoring title at 16.9 points per game. Whitlock is nearly unstoppable under the basket where he is shooting 66.9 percent from the floor. Senior guard Dylan Guthrie is second on the team at 14.1 points per game, knocking down 35.2 percent of his three-point attempts while junior Deavis Johnson, a mid-season transfer, is averaging 11.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Spalding went 16-9 during the regular season, earning a share of the SLIAC title with a 13-5 record. It marks the third consecutive season the Golden Eagles have claimed the SLIAC title. They begin postseason play having gone just 2-4 in their last six regular season games.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 64.6 points per game, eighth in the league, but also feature the top defense which allowed a conference low 61.8 points per game. Brandon Goeing, a junior guard, is the team's leading scorer at 15.2 points per game while Brandon Gabriel, a senior guard, is averaging 14.0 points pre game. Goeing is also the team's top outside threat with a conference high 68 three-point field goals this season.

Webster starts postseason play as the hottest team in the league having won five straight games and going 8-2 in their last 10 regular season contests. The Gorloks are 17-8 overall and went 13-5 in SLIAC play, to secure a share of the SLIAC regular season title.

Webster is averaging 69.4 points per game this year, fourth in the conference, and are the league's top shooting team; shooting 45.2 percent from the field. They also have limited opponents to just 41.0 percent shooting this year, best in the league. Senior guard Ahmad Smith is the unquestioned leader of the team, averaging 15.9 points per game this season. He is joined by sophomore guard Hunter Ward, 13.1 points per game, and senior forward Aaron Griffin, 10.5 points per game.

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