Brackets finalized for 2021 GAC Basketball Championship

RUSSELLVILLE, AR – With the 2021 Great American Conference basketball regular season complete, the league announced the brackets and schedules for the GAC Women’s and Men’s Championships. The event begins Monday from seven on-campus locations.

Monday’s first-round games feature divisional contests. The four winners will face a cross-divisional opponent for the first time all season in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round. The advancing four teams will square off on Friday with the two remaining teams meeting on the higher seed’s home floor on Sunday.

In the event corresponding seeds make the final, the Western Division representative would host the women’s final and the Eastern Division representative would host as the men’s final.

On the women’s side, Ouachita hosts Southern Arkansas with the winner facing Southwestern Oklahoma State. Oklahoma Baptist visits rival Southern Nazarene. The victor ventures to Henderson State. East Central faces Northwestern Oklahoma State in a rematch from Saturday. The winner draws Arkansas Tech. Arkansas-Monticello travels to Harding. The emerging team travels to Southeastern Oklahoma State to take on the reigning GAC champions.

In the men’s draw, Arkansas Tech and Ouachita will play for the second time in three days. Oklahoma Baptist awaits the winner. Like on the women’s bracket, East Central and Northwestern Oklahoma State will meet in Ada. The winner will head to Southern Arkansas. Southwestern Oklahoma State hits the road to take on Southwestern Oklahoma State. The winning team travels to Arkansas-Monticello. Henderson State opens its championship defense at home against Harding. Southern Nazarene, the 2018 and 2019 champion serves as the opponent in the quarterfinal round.

Hosting institutions will provide streaming coverage for the first three rounds with all women’s games beginning at 5:30 p.m. and all men’s games starting at 7:30 p.m. The GAC Sports Network will emanate from the two Sunday venues. The women’s final tips at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3:30 p.m. For complete coverage and additional information, visit the Basketball Championship Central page.

WOMEN’S BRACKET


GAME 1: 5:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #1: No. 5E Southern Arkansas @ No. 4E Ouachita

GAME 2: 5:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #2: No. 6W Oklahoma Baptist @ No. 3W Southern Nazarene

GAME 3: 5:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #3: No. 5W Northwestern Oklahoma State @ No. 4W East Central

GAME 4: 5:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #4:  No. 6E Arkansas-Monticello @ No. 3E Harding

GAME 5: 5:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #1: Ouachita/Southern Arkansas Winner @ No. 1W Southwestern Oklahoma State

GAME 6: 5:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #2: Southern Nazarene/Oklahoma Baptist Winner @ No. 2E Southern Arkansas

GAME 7: 5:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #3: East Central/Northwestern Oklahoma State Winner @ No. 1E Arkansas-Monticello

GAME 8: 5:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #4: Harding/Arkansas-Monticello @ No. 2W Southern Nazarene

GAME 9: 5:30 PM, Friday, March 5 – Semifinal #1: Quarterfinal No. 1 Winner @ Quarterfinal No. 2 Winner

GAME 10: 5:30 PM, Friday, March 5 – Semifinal #2: Quarterfinal No. 3 Winner @ Quarterfinal No. 4 Winner

GAME 11: 1:00 PM, Sunday, March 7 – Championship Game (at highest remaining seed)

MEN’S BRACKET

GAME 1: 7:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #1: No. 5E Ouachita @ No. 4E Arkansas Tech

GAME 2: 7:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #2: No. 6W Northwestern Oklahoma State @ No. 3W East Central

GAME 3: 7:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #3: No. 5W Southwestern Oklahoma State @ No. 4W Southeastern Oklahoma State

GAME 4: 7:30 PM, Monday, March 1 – First Round #4: No. 6E Harding @ No. 3E Henderson State

GAME 5: 7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #1: Arkansas Tech/Ouachita Winner @ No. 1W Oklahoma Baptist

GAME 6: 7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #2: East Central/Northwestern Oklahoma State Winner @ No. 2E Southern Arkansas

GAME 7: 7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #3: Southeastern Oklahoma State/Southwestern Oklahoma State Winner @ No. 1E Arkansas-Monticello

GAME 8: 7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 3 – Quarterfinal #4: Henderson State/Harding @ No. 2W Southern Nazarene

GAME 9: 7:30 PM, Friday, March 5 – Semifinal #1: Quarterfinal No. 1 Winner @ Quarterfinal No. 2 Winner

GAME 10: 7:30 PM, Friday, March 5 – Semifinal #2: Quarterfinal No. 3 Winner @ Quarterfinal No. 4 Winner

GAME 11: 3:30 PM, Sunday, March 7 – Championship Game (at highest remaining seed)