KCAC championships postponed until Tuesday, looking back on Newman’s loss, the Oscars

Just a heads up on the KCAC Tournament championship games – they’ve both been moved to Tuesday and are both still going to be played at Hartman Arena in Park City. The men’s final between McPherson (14-17) and Sterling (21-10) is at 6 p.m., followed by the women’s final between Kansas Wesleyan (18-12) and Southwestern (22-7) at 8 p.m.

Here’s the KCAC’s official release on the postponements.

I like McPherson in the men’s final and Southwestern in the women’s. Here are the stories from Saturday night by Eagle stringer Lionel Tipton on the Friends men losing to McPherson on a last-second shot. The top-seeded Friends women – the KCAC regular-season champs – lost to Kansas Wesleyan at home in the semifinals but already have a bid to the NAIA Division II Tournament next month in Sioux City locked up.

NEWMAN’S LOSS

I covered No. 21 Newman’s loss to Arkansas-Fort Smith on Saturday at Newman – the Jets and UAFS were tied for first place in the Heartland, and the win clinched at least a share of the title for the Lions and the right to host the Heartland Tournament. The Lions won this game in the post and from beyond the three-point arc — Newman can usually negate any team’s three-point shooting when Trae Beck gets hot, but he was ice cold on Saturday. In the post, there wasn’t much the Jets could do … especially when UAFS big men showed they were able to hit the three, handle the ball in the open court and then post up in half-court sets. That’s a tough out for anybody. ¬†UAFS swept the regular-season games against Newman this year and a third matchup, at Fort Smith, would be incredibly entertaining. Key for Newman? Senior guard Shamar Acuay has to stay out of foul trouble. He’s a physical guard

THE OSCARS

Last night’s Oscars were as much fun as I’ve had watching the Academy Awards in I don’t know how long. Yeah, I know it’s long, but it’s long every year. Yeah, I know it can be a little stuffy, but it’s stuffy every year. That’s just the Oscars.

From the variety of movies that won (Jennifer Lawrence, Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Daniel Day Lewis … wow) to MacFarlane as a host to Ben Affleck’s amazing, heartfelt speech at the end, this was a home run.

TA