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Juniata men's hoops receives ECAC South Tournament bid

(Posted March 4, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College men's basketball team has received a bid to the ECAC Division III South Men's Basketball Championship and will face Misericordia University in a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in Dallas, Pa.

The sixth-seeded Eagles (17-10) will square off against the third-seeded Cougars (18-9) at 7:00 p.m. at Misericordia's Anderson Sports-Health Center.

Misericordia comes into the ECAC South Tournament after dropping an 82-65 decision to Immaculata University in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. The Cougars finished third in the PAC with an 11-5 conference record, and began post-season play with a 58-38 win over Neumann College in the PAC Tournament quarterfinals.

This will mark Juniata's second consecutive appearance in the ECAC South Tournament; the Eagles defeated Bethany College (W.Va.) 72-62 in the quarterfinals of the 2007 ECAC South Tournament, before falling to Penn State Behrend 77-69 in the semifinals.

The winner of the Juniata-Misericordia contest will advance to the semifinals against the winner of the quarterfinal game between no. 2 seed Carnegie Mellon (16-9) and no. 7 seed Grove City College (17-10). Either one of those games would be a rematch for the Eagles; Juniata lost at Grove City, 64-63, on November 28, 2007, and dropped a 65-57 decision at home to the Tartans back on January 5, 2008.

The complete ECAC Division III South Men's Basketball Championship bracket is below.

2008 ECAC Division III Men's Basketball Championship

First Round - Wednesday, March 5
No. 8 Dickinson College (14-12) at No. 1 Albright (16-8)
No. 7 Grove City College (17-10) at No. 2 Carnegie Mellon (16-9)
No. 6 Juniata College (17-10) at No. 3 Misericordia University (18-9)
No. 5 Alvernia College (16-10) at No. 4 Gwynedd Mercy College (19-9)

Semifinals - TBA
No.1/No. 8 winner vs. No. 4/No. 5 winner
No.2/No. 7 winner vs. No. 3/No. 6 winner

Championship - TBA
Two semifinal winners

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