March 3, 2006
For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114/ (901)
Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
SOUTHWEST MEN AND CHATTANOOGA WOMEN TOP SEEDS FOR REGION VII
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
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