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Alfred State Lands #1 Seed for ACAA Tournament

Team huddle.

The Alfred State men's basketball team has earned the #1 seed for the Inaugural ACAA Championships. The championships will be contested on February 24 & 25 on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Alfred State is currently 13-7 on the year with five games left in the regular season. The 13 victories is the most in a season during the NCAA era and the most for the program since in the 2008-09 year (17-14). The PIoneers will take on the #4 seed Pine Manor (8-13) in the semifinals at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th. The finals for the tournament are set for noon on Sunday.

The other semifinal features #2 Maine Presque Isle (11-12) taking on #3 Valley Forge (3-12) at Noon.

"I want to thank Pine Manor for stepping forward to host our first basketball Championships," said ACAA Commissioner Kelly Higgins. "I am confident that the weekend will be memorable for everyone involved. It is an added bonus that we will have representives from each ACAA institution eligible to participate in the tournament"

As approved by the member institutions, due to our geographic footprint the ACAA utilizes the Bennett Rank system published weekly at HeroSports.com for qualification and seeding into the postseason ACAA Championships in each sport except Cross Country. The host institution also receives an auto qualification, and if the host is not in the top four in the Bennett Rank on the deadline date for the winter season (Monday, February 5) after HeroSports has updated them for the prior week they will automatically be assigned the #4 seed slot in place of the HeroSports #4-ranked team. The two-week minimum qualifying date was set so teams could make travel arrangements that insure they have a minimum of two weeks advance notice of travel before the Championship. In the case of women's basketball Pine Manor earned the berth as the host institution. SUNY Delhi was not eligible for the championships because it is in the exploratory year of NCAA membership.

Here is a look at the Bennett Rank information:

 

Men's Basketball

ACAA Seed

School (W-L)

Power

Bennett Rank

SOS

1

Alfred State (13-7)

70.11

324

407

2

UMaine-Presque Isle (11-12)

67.61

353

362

3

Valley Forge (3-12)

66.46

360

328

4

Pine Manor (8-13)

66.09

365

374

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