FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University men’s and women’s basketball teams learned late Saturday night who they will play in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament this coming week, March 1-6.
The six-day event will be hosted by Augusta State University in its 2,216-seat Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The 11-16 Patriot women enter the tournament as the fifth seed from the North Division and will play Kennesaw State University (16-11), the South Division’s fourth seed, in a first-round game on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The winner of Tuesday’s contest will advance to meet UNC Pembroke (18-9) in a quarterfinal game, Thursday at 6 p.m.
FMU beat the Lady Owls 66-60 earlier this season in Florence, but KSU leads the all-time series 10-6. The Patriots are 11-11 in the previous 12 PBC Tournaments.
The FMU men (10-16) are the North Division’s fourth seed and will face the South Division’s fifth-seed, Armstrong Atlantic State University (14-13), in a first-round game, Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. The winner will advance to Friday’s quarterfinals where they will meet Kennesaw State at 3 p.m.
AASU knocked FMU from last year’s tournament with a last-second win in the quarterfinals. Earlier this season, the Pirates handed FMU its worst home loss ever in the Smith University Center 79-47, and AASU leads the all-time series 14-12.
FMU is 4-11 in its 10 previous Peach Belt Tournament appearances, including two straight defeats on last-second shots. Francis Marion’s last tournament win came in 1999 when FMU defeated Kennesaw State 55-53 in overtime in a first-round game before losing to Columbus State University 69-62 in the quarterfinals.