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Top-Seeded Men's Basketball to Host Huntingdon in USA South Tourney

William Bryan
Nina Grauley/ Sports Information

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The No. 1 West seeded Covenant men's basketball team will open the USA South Tournament on Tuesday by hosting No. 4 West seed Huntingdon at 7:30 p.m. inside Barnes PE Center.

ADMISSION

  • The first 200 Covenant students will be admitted for FREE, compliments of Covenant Student Senate (must present valid student ID)
  • $8 - Adult
  • $3 - Staff/Faculty/Student/Child/Senior

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TOURNAMENT INFO

TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • Covenant (17-8, 16-2 USA South) won its first conference regular season title in 55 years, and just the second conference regular season title in program history, after running away with the USA South West Division crown.
  • Tuesday's winner will take on the winner of No. 2 East seed Methodist and No. 3 East seed William Peace in the semifinals. A Covenant win would put the Scots in as the host for the semifinals and championship game of the tournament.
  • The Scots defeated Huntingdon twice during the regular season by a combined seven points. Covenant defeated the Hawks 84-78 on Dec. 1 on Lookout Mountain, before rallying for a 73-72 victory in Montgomery on Feb. 1. Covenant is 12-8 all-time against Huntingdon, but Tuesday's meeting will be the first in the series in postseason play.
  • Covenant is making its fifth straight appearance in the USA South Tournament and the Scots are 5-3 all-time in the event. Covenant won the 2016 title and advanced to the championship game last year.
  • Covenant sophomore forward Will Crumly has put together a season worthy of USA South Player of the Year consideration. Crumly is second in the conference in scoring average (22.7 per game), rebounding (8.6), and third in field goal percentage (60.1). The sophomore has scored in double figures in all 25 games this year, and 27 straight going back to last season, while tallying 10 double-doubles.
  • Not to be forgotten, but Covenant senior guard Bailey Spragg has also been impressive this year. Spragg eclipsed 1,000 career points during the year and leads the conference, and is in the top five nationally, in assists per game (7.0). Spragg has recorded double-doubles this year with points-rebounds and points-assists.
  • Covenant's senior class of Spragg and Nick Palmer will go down as the winningest four-year players in program history. The duo has helped lead the Scots to 67 wins, a USA South Tournament and regular season titles, and will have the best winning percentage of any four-year class in program history.
  • Tuesday night's contest will be the first conference tournament home game for Covenant since the 2001 Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament. The Scots fell in that opening round game, 79-75, to Virginia Intermont.
  • Huntingdon (13-12, 10-8 USA South) finished the regular season with the most wins for the program since the 2008-09 season. The Hawks are making just their second USA South Tournament appearance, but in their lone appearance advanced to the 2014 Tournament championship game.
  • Huntingdon has two conference tournament titles in program history, both coming in the old Great South Athletic Conference (2006, 2011). The Hawks have never been to the NCAA Tournament.

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