Stillman is a No. 1 seed in NAIA Tourney

Stillman is a No. 1 seed in NAIA Tourney

Men’s Basketball – Thu, Mar. 4, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Stillman College has received a No. 1 seed and first round bye in the 2021 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round, playing in the Montgomery, Alabama bracket. The 16th-ranked Tigers (16-3) will meet the winner of No. 2-seed Georgetown College (Ky.) and No. 3-seed Keiser University (Fla.) in the second round of the tournament Saturday, March 13 at Faulkner University’s Tine W. Davis Gymnasium. Tipoff for both the Friday and Saturday games is 5 p.m. CT.

The winners of the two pods in Montgomery will advance to the NAIA Championships Final Site (Round of 16) in Kansas City, Mo., March 18-23.

“We’re excited to get the No. 1 seed and to be able to play here in the state means a lot to us,” said Stillman head coach John Teasley. “Everybody at this level is going to be really good. There are no days off from here on out. We just have to stay locked in and stay together to do the things we need to do to be successful.”

Stillman earned an automatic bid as runner-up of the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament and is making its fourth-straight NAIA Championships appearance, the first coming in 2018 as an independent in the NAIA Division II Championships. Stillman received an automatic bid from the SSAC in 2019, falling to Oklahoma City University in the first round in Kansas City. The Tigers earned an at-large berth in 2020, but the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 the day after the championship bracket was announced.

“Keiser’s a good basketball team, and Georgetown is too. We’re excited to get to play either one of those teams, just to be able to step on the floor with either one of those great teams,” Teasley said. “We’re thankful for the opportunity, especially after a year ago. We’re one step closer to getting back to normal to get out there and be able to compete at the national level.” 

Georgetown (16-7) is the No. 2 seed in Stillman’s Opening Round pod after earning an at-large bid. The 15th-ranked Tigers from the Mid-South Conference are making their 30th-straight trip to the national tournament, including winning the NAIA DI national title in 1998, 2013 and 2019. 

Sun Conference champion Keiser (20-9) is making its 12th overall trip to the NAIA Tournament after appearing in 11 NAIA Division II tournaments since 2007. 

The other side of the Montgomery bracket includes seventh-ranked Faulkner University (25-2) as a No. 1 seed. Warner University of Florida is the 2-seed and will meet 3-seed Tennessee Wesleyan on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will meet Faulkner on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to Stillman and Faulkner, Talladega College also represents the state of Alabama in the field of 48 teams, while Loyola University also represents the Southern States Athletic Conference. 

For a complete Opening Round Schedule, click here.

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