In the long regular season of 16 Mid-South Conference games, the Patriot basketball teams are heading down the home stretch with just three contests remaining. And much work is still left be done for both the men and the women.
Lena Bramblett’s Patriot women find themselves in seventh place but still with a chance to move into the top six which means they would avoid a play-in game in order to reach Frankfort where the Mid-South Conference tournament will be held among eight of the conference’s 10 teams.
The Patriots are 6-9 which puts them one game behind sixth place Pikeville and one-half a game ahead of eighth place Georgetown. The road ahead is rough, however as the three remaining MSC games are at Campbellsville and at home against Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson. Those three teams are among the top four in the conference and are ranked nationally. Campbellsville is fourth in the nation, Lindsey Wilson is 15th and Cumberlands is in the receiving votes category.
J.T. Burton’s men will face the same schedule as the women in their three remaining games but they enter those with a third place standing in the conference at 11-4. That puts them one-half game behind Cumberlands who beat the Patriots in Williamsburg earlier in the season .
By winning the final three games the Patriots, who were ranked 22nd in this week’s NAIA poll, will secure second place in the conference tournament. That tournament will be held March 4-5-6 for both the men and women at the Frankfort Convention center.