March 3, 2006

Basketball Teams Head To Semifinals, Take Top OVC Honors

"... Samford women will play Southeast Missouri State University at 2 p.m., and the Samford men will play Tennessee Tech University at 8:30 p.m. The men's game will be televised by national cable network ESPN-U..."

Basketball Teams Head To Semifinals, Take Top OVC HonorsThe Samford men's and women's basketball teams took care of business on Feb. 28, making history along the way by winning first round games in the O'Reilly Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

The Samford women beat archrival Jacksonville State University 58-56, and the Samford men defeated Tennessee State University 78-67 before a raucous crowd at Seibert Hall on the Samford campus. It was the first time for both teams to win first round tournament games since Samford joined the OVC in 2003.

Both teams now advance to the OVC semifinals Friday, March 3 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. The Samford women will play Southeast Missouri State University at 2 p.m., and the Samford men will play Tennessee Tech University at 8:30 p.m. The men's game will be televised by national cable network ESPN-U.

The women's championship game will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the men's championship game will be played at 3 p.m. The men's game will be televised on EPSN2. Winners of both tournament championship games receive automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.

It was a big week for Samford basketball even off the courts. On March 1 Samford senior forward J. Robert Merritt was selected as the 2005-06 Ohio Valley Conference's basketball Player of the Year and sophomore women's forward Alex Mundy was named to the second-team All-Conference Team. On the same day, head women's basketball coach Mike Morris was named OVC Coach of the Year. Morris, in his fourth season as head coach, led the Bulldogs to the best season in the program's history this season. The team set many school records, including most wins (21), longest win streak (eight games) and largest margin of victory (36 points versus Jacksonville State on Jan. 7).

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