Sunday, March 10, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – The Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament champion University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team will host the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Regional at the Convocation Center.
USC Aiken will be hosting the regional for the first time. It will be the second time the Pacers will be the No. 1 seed in the region as they were the top seed in the 2008 regional.
The regional will take place Saturday, March 16-Tuesday, March 19. The tournament will feature four quarterfinal games on Saturday and two semifinal games on Sunday.
The championship game will be on Tuesday. Times and further information will be announced in the coming days.
The top-seeded Pacers will face eighth-seeded Belmont Abbey (22-9) in the regional quarterfinals. The winner of the USC Aiken-Belmont Abbey game will face the winner of the fourth-seeded Wingate-fifth-seeded Limestone game in the semifinal round.
The other side of the bracket includes quarterfinal matchups featuring third-seeded Barton taking on sixth-seeded Montevallo and second-seeded Lincoln Memorial facing off against seventh-seeded UNC Pembroke.
The Pacers commence hosting the Southeast Regional coming off their third Peach Belt Conference Tournament title in program history (1993, 2010 and 2013).
The 2013 Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship continues a tremendous run for the Pacers over the past six years. Since the 2007-08 season, USC Aiken has claimed three league regular-season championships (2007-08, 2011-12 and 2012-13) and two tournament titles (2010 and 2013).
The Pacers have now advanced to the NCAA Tournament in five out of the last six years. USC Aiken men’s basketball has been to the NCAA Tournament six times (1998, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013) in total. The Pacers advanced to the NCAA Division II "Sweet Sixteen" in 2009.
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Regional Website: http://www.pacersports.com/sports/mbkb/2012-13/releases/southeastregional
Interactive Bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-men/d2/2013