*Note: The beginning of this story comes from NACC and NACCsports.org. Down below you can find information on his direct impact on the Eagles.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) — The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Board of General Managers recently approved format changes for the 2022 NACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
Originally scheduled to feature the top six men’s teams and the top six women’s teams, both tournaments will now include all ANCC institutions. The men’s tournament will be a 13-team affair with the top three teams receiving byes in the first round, while the women’s tournament field will consist of 14 programs with the top two receiving byes. There will be no reseeding during either tournament.
The format adjustment is in response to scheduling inequities caused by the COVID-19 Omicron variant, which has caused several NACC postponements in recent weeks. Given the unique circumstances of the 2021-22 season, increasing the pitch sizes was seen by campus administrators as a way to alleviate these inequities and allow more programs to compete.
The first round matches of both tournaments are currently scheduled for Saturday, February 19. To accommodate the expanded fields, regular season games originally scheduled for that date have been canceled.
Both tournaments will then continue on their previously established schedules the following week. The quarter-finals of the men’s tournament are scheduled for Tuesday February 22, followed by the semi-finals on Thursday February 24 and the championship game on Saturday February 26. The women’s quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday, February 23, with the semi-finals to follow. on Friday February 25 and the final on Sunday February 27.
Details regarding both tournaments are subject to change as NACC administrators continue to adhere to national, local and campus guidelines while monitoring the continued effects of COVID-19.
What changed? – The ANCC men’s and women’s basketball tournaments usually feature six teams each. Due to scheduling inequities throughout the year, the ANCC decided it would be best if all teams qualified for this year’s tournament. This means that the tournament will start earlier, now starting on Saturday February 19.
What impact does this have on Eagles schedules? – Rather than playing a women’s/men’s doubleheader on Saturday, February 19 at St. Norbert College, that date will now serve as the first round of the tournament. If the Eagles are ranked third through eighth on the women’s side or fourth through eighth on the men’s side, they will host a game on Saturday, February 19. If they are ranked in the top two of the women’s tournament or the top three of the men’s tournament, they will have a bye. If they are ninth or lower, they will play on the road on Saturday February 19. Seeds will be determined strictly by NACC regular season winning percentage.
Edgewood College is currently third in the men’s ranking and sixth in the women’s ranking. Each team has seven NACC games remaining heading into the tournament, so there’s plenty to decide where the Eagles end up in each bracket.
The 2022 ANCC Women’s Basketball Tournament page can be found here.
The 2022 ANCC Men’s Basketball Tournament page can be found here.