Top-Seeded Royals Set To Host Catholic In Landmark Conference Semifinal On Wednesday

Junior guard Chris McCullough and the Royals are aiming for the program's seventh Landmark Conference title in 10 years.
Junior guard Chris McCullough and the Royals are aiming for the program's seventh Landmark Conference title in 10 years.

The University of Scranton men's basketball team will begin its quest for a seventh Landmark Conference title when the Royals host Catholic in a semifinal game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Long Center.

Scranton (19-6, 11-3 Landmark) enters the conference playoffs as the top seed after finishing in a three-way tie with Moravian (18-7, 11-3) and Susquehanna (21-4, 11-3) in the regular season standings. The Royals won the tie-breaker thanks to a 3-1 combined record against those two schools. Catholic (17-8, 9-5) enters as the fourth seed.

The two teams split the regular season meetings with the Royals scoring a 92-71 victory in the Long Center on Jan. 21. Catholic pulled out a 63-62 win in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 11.

This is the fifth time Scranton and Catholic have met in the Landmark Conference playoffs with the Royals winning the previous four matchups. Most recently, Scranton defeated Catholic, 76-65, on the road to win the title two seasons ago.

Admission is free for all students, faculty and staff with University ID. Admission for all others is $5 for adults (ages 18-61), $3 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and students (ages 11-17), and children 10 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Wednesday night's other semifinal features second-seeded Moravian hosting third-seeded Susquehanna at 7 p.m. The winners of the two semifinals advance to Saturday's championship game at the site of the highest remaining seed at a time to be determined. The conference champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

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