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Breaking down the HAAC Tournament field

Posted: Feb. 27, 2013 2:00 am Updated: Mar. 20, 2013 6:15 am

The Pairings

Thursday, Feb. 28

No. 8 Peru State at No. 1 Evangel, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Benedictine at No. 4 Central Methodist, 8 p.m.

No. 6 Baker at No. 3 MidAmerica Nazarene, 8 p.m.

No. 7 Avila at No. 2 Culver-Stockton, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2

Semifinals at higher-seeded teams

Tuesday, March 5

Championship at highest-seeded team

 

Team-by-team Breakdown

Evangel (22-6, 15-3)

How the Crusaders fared vs. C-SC: Jan. 12 – Evangel 76, C-SC 66; Feb. 16 – Evangel 79, C-SC 78, OT

Players to watch: F Zack Kleine, Jr. (12.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg), F Stephen Cotten, Sr. (10.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

 

Culver-Stockton (23-7, 14-4)

Players to watch: G Marshawn Norris, Sr. (17.6 ppg, 6.8 apg), F James Johnson, Jr. (15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), G Austin Keaton, Sr. (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

 

MidAmerica Nazarene (22-8, 14-4)

How the Pioneers fared vs. C-SC: Jan. 19 – C-SC 89, MidAm Naz 88; Feb. 23 – C-SC 101, MidAm Naz 92

Players to watch: G Rustin Dowd, Sr. (16.3 ppg, 46% 3-point), F Luke Thomas, Jr. (13.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg), F Jacob French, Sr. (12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

 

Central Methodist (18-12, 11-7)

How the Eagles fared vs. C-SC: Jan. 17 – CMU 89, C-SC 85, OT; Feb. 25 – C-SC 78, CMU 62

Players to watch: F Elliott Black, Sr. (15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg), G Melvin Tillman, Jr. (14.8 ppg, 3.5 apg)

 

Benedictine (18-11, 10-8)

How the Ravens fared vs. C-SC: Jan. 3 – C-SC 85, Benedictine 81, OT; Feb. 7 – C-SC 93, Benedictine 91, OT

Players to watch: F Charlie Wallrapp, Jr. (14.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg), G Jonathan Anaekwe, Soph. (10.3 ppg, 3.2 apg)

 

Baker (15-13, 8-10)

How the Wildcats fared vs. C-SC: Jan. 5 – C-SC 88, Baker 75, OT; Feb. 9 – C-SC 84, Baker 67

Players to watch: F Ben Steinlage, Sr. (14.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg), G Corey Anderson, Sr. (8.4 ppg, 86.8% FT)

 

Avila (10-18, 5-13)

How the Eagles fared vs. C-SC: Dec. 1 – C-SC 89, Avila 65; Jan. 26 – C-SC 76, Avila 71

Players to watch: G Sedrick Johnson, Fr. (16.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg), G Brandon Redmond, Sr. (13 ppg, 8.4 rpg), G Curtis Churchman, Soph. (12.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg)

 

Peru State (12-17, 5-13)

How the Bobcats fared vs. C-SC: Dec. 8 – C-SC 85, Peru State 77; Feb. 2 – C-SC 99, Peru State 65

Players to watch: G Derrick Williams, Sr. (15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg), G Kody Kirkpatrick, Jr. (13.2 ppg, 81.1% FT), G Nate Bohy, Jr. (13 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

– Blake Toppmeyer