Things shift to Kansas City as the MIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament moves into the quarterfinal round. The quarterfinal round gets underway at 12 noon on Friday, March 4 from Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
#3 Missouri Southern vs. #11 Missouri Western
Third seed Missouri Southern will begin the quarterfinal round with a 12 noon tip against 11th seed Missouri Western. The Lions earned the bye to Kansas City, Missouri Western advanced to KC with a 70-54 victory over sixth seed Washburn.
The Lions are led by Taevaunn Prince who is averaging a double-double with 26.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Charlie Brown is averaging 14.6 points and Austin Wright 12.8 points per game. Entering the weekend MSSU is averaging 84.0 points while they allow opponents 79.4 points per contest.
Trey Sampson leads the way for the Griffons averaging 11.6 points while Aaron Emmanuel adds 10.9 points per game. Emmanuel leads the way on the glass averaging 5.7 rebounds while Kevin Thomas also adds 5.7 boards per contest. After one game of tournament play Missouri Western is averaging 71.7 points and allowing opponents 75.3 points per game.
The winner will advance to face the winner of #2 Nebraska-Kearney and #7 Lincoln at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.
#2 Nebraska-Kearney at #7 Lincoln
Second seeded Nebraska-Kearney will face off with seventh seeded Lincoln in the 2:15 p.m. quarterfinal. The Lopers earned their way to Kansas City with a top four seed while the Blue Tigers advances with a 73-71 win over Emporia State.
The Lopers are led by Connor Beranek who is averaging 24.3 points and a team best 8.3 rebounds per game. Trey Lansman is averaging 16.5 points while Ethan Brozek is averaging 13.6 points and 3.6 assists per game. Entering the tournament UNK is averaging 79.3 points while allowing their competitors 73.9 points per contest.
For the Blue Tigers Anthony Virdure is averaging 21.7 points and Jaylon Smith is averaging 18.0 points per contest. Richie Lewis is averaging a team best 4.1 assists while on the glass Tacourrus Mattox is averaging 4.4 rebounds per contest. After one game in the tournament LU is averaging 77.9 points while allowing opponents 76.5 points per game.
The winner will advance to face the winner of #3 Missouri Southern and #11 Missouri Western at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.
#1 Northwest Missouri vs. #9 Lindenwood
Top seeded Northwest Missouri will open the second session of the day at 6 p.m. by taking on ninth seed Lindenwood. The Bearcats earned the top overall seed while the Lions advanced with a 77-68 victory over Pittsburg State.