March Madness officially begins for Kennedy-King College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams this weekend in Freeport, Illinois, where they start postseason play at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 1, Region 4 basketball tournaments.
In the men’s tournament, on Saturday, March 2, at 1p.m., the fifth-seeded Kennedy-King College Statesmen (13-17) will play the fourth-seeded Kankakee Community College Cavaliers (12-17). The winner of this game will advance to play tournament host team Highland Community College (23-6) on March 3 at 6 p.m. The Highland Community College Cougars have a bye in the first round.
In January and February 2013, Kennedy-King College men’s basketball players earned Region 4 Player of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks. The players earning regional honors were guards Corday Sims, Anthony Pierce, Jr. and DeMarkus Smith.
The NJCAA Division I, Region 4 Tournament men’s championship game will be played March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the Region 4 Tournament will play the winner of the Region 16 Tournament in the District Four Playoffs on March 9. The winner of the District Four Playoffs will advance to the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Championships, March 18-23 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas, on the campus of Hutchinson Community College.
The Kennedy-King College men’s basketball team is coached by Rob Holloway.
In the women’s tournament, the fourth-seeded Kennedy-King College Lady Statesmen (4-21) will play the top-seeded Highland Cougars (13-15) on Sunday March 3 at 1 p.m. The winning team will play the winner of Sunday’s game between Malcolm X College (2nd seed) and Sauk Valley Community College (3rd seed).
The Kennedy-King College Lady Statesmen are led by Jacqueline McKinnis (F), who is currently fourth in the nation in rebounds per game, with an average of 12.8. McKinnis was named Division I, Region 4 Player of the Week in December 2012.
The Women’s Region 4 Champion will play the Region 13 Champion on March 9 in the District D Playoff. The winner will advance to the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Championships, March 18-23, at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas.
The Kennedy-King College women’s basketball team is coached by Gloria Reeves.
Kennedy-King College is one of the City Colleges of Chicago. City Colleges of Chicago will be represented by four teams in the Region IV tournaments. In the men’s brackets, in addition to Kennedy-King College, Truman College (seed 7), Malcolm X College (seed 3) and Daley College (seed 6) are represented. The women’s brackets include Kennedy-King College and Malcolm X College (seed 2).