Austin College sending both teams to SCAC Tournament

Austin College will send both of their basketball teams to the SCAC Tournament this weekend.

The Austin College men's basketball team is headed back to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2015-16 after earning the No. 2-seed and a first round bye with an overall record of 14-11 and a conference mark of 11-7.

The eleven conference victories are the most for the 'Roos since 2011-12, and tie for the second most SCAC wins in program history. After opening the year 3-0, the 'Roos dropped seven straight before turning it on in the New Year, winning 11 of their next 13 games before falling to Centenary and St. Thomas to end the regular season.

The tournament gets underway with a pair of quarterfinal games on Friday, as No. 4 Schreiner takes on No. 5 Trinity. The winner of that game will face No. 1-seed Centenary in the first semifinal matchup on Saturday, with the 'Roos taking the court at 2:00 p.m. that day to take on the winner of No. 3 Texas Lutheran and No. 6 Southwestern.

Austin College swept its season series with TLU, which entered the year as the defending conference tournament champion, while the 'Roos went 1-1 against the Pirates. Should the 'Roos advance to Sunday, the conference championship game is scheduled to tip off at noon.

The No. 23-ranked Austin College women's basketball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 21-4 and a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference mark of 14-4, earning the 'Roos the No. 2-seed in this weekend's conference tournament in Kerrville.

The 'Roos opened the year with a 12-0 record to earn a national ranking for the second year in a row, and they've remained in both the D3Hoops.com and WBCA Top 25 polls each week of 2020. Austin College notched its third straight 20-win season, the longest such streak in more than 20 years, and enter the tournament as the No. 9-ranked team in the South Region.

The tournament gets underway on Friday, with No. 4-seed Schreiner taking on No. 5-seed Texas Lutheran, the defending tournament champion. The winner of that game takes on top-seeded Trinity University, who handed the 'Roos two of their four defeats this season. The second quarterfinal game on Friday will be between No. 3-seed Colorado College and No. 6-seed Southwestern, with the winner advancing to take on the 'Roos on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The 'Roos topped Colorado College twice this year, while the Pirates upset Austin College in Georgetown in early January to split the season series 1-1. Should the 'Roos earn the win on Saturday evening, they'll move on to the conference title game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.