Published on March 2, 2010 by Philip Poole  

Samford’s basketball teams will compete in the Southern Conference tournament this weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

The Samford women earned the No. 2 seed and will open play Friday (March 5) at 9 a.m. against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 7 seed Wofford College and No. 10 seed Elon University.

The Samford men are seeded fifth in the North Division and will play No. 4 seed The Citadel at 6 p.m. Friday.

Because of the timing of the men’s game, an alumni, parents and prospective students event scheduled for Friday night in Charlotte has been postponed until a later date, according to David B. Goodwin, Samford’s director of alumni and parents programs.

The first two rounds of the tournament will be held at Bojangles Coliseum. The semifinals and finals are scheduled at Time Warner Arena. Tickets are still available through the Southern Conference website:

All Samford games will be broadcast live on WVSU-91.1 FM and on the Internet at Fans can also follow the teams in Charlotte through Samford's SoCon tournament blog.

The women’s and men’s semifinals and the women’s championship game will be televised on SportSouth. The men’s championship game Monday night will be televised on ESPN.

The Southern Conference tournament is the oldest in the U.S., dating from 1921. This is Samford's second year to compete in the tournament as a SoCon member.

Additional reporting by the Samford sports information department.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.