31st Scotty Wood Tournament Tips Off Basketball Season

Monday, November 12, 2012 - page 2

Three teams that played in postseason tournaments on the women’s side and two that came up a game short on the men’s side highlight the field for the 31st Scotty Wood Tournament, which kicks off the 2012-13 Muhlenberg basketball season this weekend.

Tournament Schedule

Friday, November 16
  King’s vs. Mt. Aloysius (women), 1:00
  Arcadia vs. Randolph (men), 3:00
  Muhlenberg vs. Centenary (women), 6:00
  Muhlenberg vs. Drew (men), 8:00

Saturday, November 17
  women’s consolation, 1:00
  men’s consolation, 3:00
  women’s championship, 6:00
  men’s championship, 8:00

The tournament opens with first-round games on Friday, with the Mule teams playing during the evening session. The consolation games are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, with the championship games slated for Saturday night.

Both Muhlenberg teams are two-time defending champions. Last year was the sixth time in the 19 years that the Scotty Wood Tournament has included women’s teams that the Mules swept the titles.

The Muhlenberg women are seeking their eighth Scotty Wood championship in 10 years; the only other team to capture the trophy in the last decade is Scranton in 2007 and 2009. The Mules were 23-6 last year and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

One of the visiting teams did Muhlenberg one better: King’s went 24-6 and advanced to the NCAA “Sweet 16.” Both the Mules (31) and the Monarchs (42) received votes in the D3hoops.com preseason poll.

The first-round opponent for Muhlenberg is Centenary (N.J.), coming off a 14-12 season that included an invitation to the ECAC South Tournament. King’s opens with Mt. Aloysius, 15-12 and an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoff qualifier last winter.

The Mule men are looking to “three-peat” at the Scotty Wood Tournament for the first time since winning five straight titles from 1993 to 1997. Last year, they scored 199 points in two Scotty Wood games and went on to finish 18-9 and reach the Centennial Conference championship game.

Scotty Wood logo Muhlenberg will open up against Drew, out of the Landmark Conference. The Rangers split their final 10 games last season after a rough start to finish with a record of 7-18. Muhlenberg and Drew played last year, with the Mules pulling out an 83-78 win in a close game.

The other first-round game pits Randolph (15-14 last year) against Arcadia (9-16). Randolph made a run to the championship game of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, one of the strongest Division III leagues. The sixth-seeded WildCats upset two higher seeds before falling to nationally ranked Virginia Wesleyan by four points in the title game. They will bring to Allentown a preseason All-American in guard Colton Hunt. Arcadia dropped its last 10 games.

For the first time, a wrestling match will be part of Scotty Wood Weekend, with Muhlenberg taking on Scranton in the John Deitrich Fieldhouse on Saturday at 2:00.

Previews for the Muhlenberg men’s and women’s basketball teams will be posted later this week. Both Mule coaches will participate in an innovative multimedia tipoff event with the Centennial Conference in the next two days. For more information, click here for the women (Tuesday) and here for the men (Wednesday).