Panthers Receive Bid to NCAA South Region Tournament, Face Benedict in First Round
MELBOURNE, FLA. – Florida Tech has had quite a ride in 2015-16, going from a non-contender to finishing with a 20-9 overall record and a runner up finish in the Sunshine State Conference Championship, and it’s not over yet.
Late Sunday night, on the NCAA Selection Show, it was announced that the Panthers had received a bid to the 2016 NCAA South Region Tournament. This is FIT’s first trip to the “Big Dance” since the 2011-12 season.
This year’s South Region is hosted by top seeded Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
Florida Tech is slotted as the seventh seed in the South Region and will face No. 2 Benedict in the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m. ET. The match-up between No. 3 Delta State sixth-seeded Nova Southeastern precedes the Panthers contest at 1 p.m. ET.
On the other side of the region, No. 1 seed Union welcomes eighth-seeded Tampa in the 6 p.m. ET game. Despite losing to Florida Tech in the semifinals of the SSC Tournament, Florida Southern remained in the fourth seed and squares off with No. 5 Kentucky State in the final first round game at 8:30 p.m.
A schedule breakdown of the South Region Tournament can be found below. To view all of the brackets for the entire 64 team field, follow the link below.
Friday, March 11, 2016 – Quarterfinal Round
Game 1: 1:00 p.m. – #3 Delta State vs. #6 Nova Southeastern
Game 2: 3:30 p.m. – #2 Benedict vs. #7 Florida Tech
Game 3: 6:00 p.m. – #1 Union vs. #8 Tampa
Game 4: 8:30 p.m. – #4 Florida Southern vs. #5 Kentucky State
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Semifinal Round
Game 5: 6:00 p.m. – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 6: 8:30 p.m. – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner
Monday, March 14, 2016 – Championship Game
Game 7: 8:00 p.m. – Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner
**All game times are eastern standard
NCAA Division II Championship Bracket: http://cdn.streamlinetechnologies.com/floridatechsports/3E494DAB-16DB-48A8-8D14-9A0F380E3582/2016%20DII%20WOMEN’S%20BASKETBALL%20BRACKET.pdf
2015-16 Schedule: http://www.floridatechsports.com/wbasketball/schedule
2015-16 Roster: http://www.floridatechsports.com/wbasketball/roster