Southwest Tennessee Community College

March 3, 2006

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114/ (901) 619-1899
Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023

Release written by Keith Gentry

The Southwest men and Chattanooga State women will hold the top seeds when the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Basketball Tournament tips off next week at the newly renovated Verties Sails Gymnasium on Southwestís Union Avenue Campus.

Southwest, ranked 16th in the latest NJCAA Poll, enters the tournament with a 20-6 overall record and is tied with Saint Catharine College for first place in the TJCCAA at 17-5. Southwest earned the number one seed by defeating Saint Catharine twice during the regular season. Chattanooga State is currently ranked 10th in the NJCAA and enters the tournament with a 23-2 overall record including 20-2 in conference play.

Twelve menís and twelve womenís basketball teams will participate in the tournament with Southwest Tennessee Community College serving as the host institution. This yearís tournament will be the 38th annual event for the men and 31st for the women and is the first time in 22 years the tournament will be held in Memphis.

Other menís teams receiving first round byes are second seed Saint Catharine (24-5, 17-5), third seed Jackson State (23-7, 16-6), and fourth seed Walters State (22-6, 16-6). Womenís teams also receiving byes are second seed Motlow State (23-3, 19-3), third seed Southwest (17-8, 15-7), and fourth seed Walters State (20-9, 14-8).

Times for games played Tuesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 11 will be 2, 4, 6, and 8 p.m. with championship games scheduled to tip-off at 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. Tickets prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children and $20 for a tournament pass. In addition, play-by-play for all 22 tournament games will be broadcast on the Southwest website Ė .

Tournament champions will represent the TJCCAA and Region VII in the NJCAA National Tournament March 21-25. The menís national tournament will be held in Hutchinson, Kansas while Salina, Kansas is the site for the womenís tourney.

Southwest has won eleven TJCCAA/Region VII menís championships and seven TJCCAA/Region VII womenís titles, the most of any TJCCAA institution. In second place with eleven total championships are Walters State (4 men, 7 women) and Hiwassee (7 men, 4 women), followed by Columbia State (3 men, 3 women), Cleveland State (1 men, 3 women), and Motlow State (3 men), Roane State (3 women), Jackson State (2 women), and Chattanooga State (1 women). Former conference members Cumberland University (4 men), Aquinas College (3 men), and Martin Methodist College (1 men) also won championships.