The Sunshine State Conference is proud to announce that, for the second year in a row, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida will serve as the title sponsor of the 2010 SSC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships hosted by Nova Southeastern University March 6-7 in the Arena at the Don Taft University Center.
Eight men’s and women’s teams will earn the opportunity to compete in the conference championships. Quarterfinal games will be hosted by the four highest men’s and women’s seeds on Wednesday, March 3. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals, which will be hosted by NSU.
The men’s semifinal games will take place at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, followed by the women’s semifinals at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Semifinal winners will advance to Sunday’s championship games, with the men’s final tipping off at 1 p.m., followed by the women’s final at 3:30 p.m. Both games will be recorded for tape-delayed broadcast on Comcast Charter Sports Southeast.
Both winners of Sunday’s championship games will receive an automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Division II Basketball Championships.
“The Sunshine State Conference is very excited that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has again agreed to serve as the title sponsor for our Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships,” said Jay Jones, Sunshine State Conference Commissioner. “Last year, the generous support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida made it possible for the conference and Nova Southeastern University to host a first class event. We are thrilled that they will be our partner again this year and we are looking forward to another fantastic tournament.”
The 4,500-seat Arena at the Don Taft University Center is one of the finest facilities of its type. Serving as the home for NSU’s intercollegiate athletic program, the Arena hosts all of NSU’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball home games. With one main game court, it has two practice/game-ready auxiliary courts on the upper level.
Founded in 1975, the Sunshine State Conference is comprised of nine member institutions: Barry University (Miami Shores), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg), Florida Southern College (Lakeland), Florida Tech (Melbourne), Lynn University (Boca Raton), Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale), Rollins College (Winter Park), Saint Leo University (Saint Leo) and the University of Tampa (Tampa). In addition to ranking No. 1 in the NCAA Academic Success Rate, SSC institutions have won 71 NCAA Division II national championships, and SSC student-athletes have annually ranked among the national leaders in fundraising for the Make-A-Wish charity.