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SOONER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The ever-tough UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS have a well-earned reputation for being as proficient at sports as they are in the classroom. Last night the 6th seeded Drovers eliminated the 11th seeded SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES by a score of 76-66 ### Meanwhile in their Opening Round matchup the 8th seeded OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON scored a Century Club- level 103 points to the 76 notched by their opponents – 9th seeded TEXAS WESLEYAN RAMS ### And the 10th seeded NORTHWOOD (TX) KNIGHTS dragged the 7th seeded JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES (I say their teams should be called the Abolitionists) into Overtime before losing to them by a final score of 107-100.
HEART OF AMERICA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 4th seeded EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS trailed the 5th seeded CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY EAGLES for most of the game but tied it up to force TWO OVERTIME PERIODS. The Crusaders at last emerged with a 125-114 victory ### The 3rd seeded MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS won an 87-80 battle royal with the 6th seeded MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS ### In the top spot the BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS bounced the 8th seeded BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS 66-51 ### And the 2nd seeded CULVER- STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS joined the Century Club with their 105-89 triumph over Continue reading
CASCADE COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE – The top seeded COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES brought an end to the Cinderella run of the 6th seeded NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY BEACONS last night by handing them an 83-59 loss to take the title. * The Coyotes move on to the NAIA Basketball National Tournament as the CCC’s tournament champions as well as the regular season champions. The Beacons, as the conference tournament runners-up, get the CCC’s other bid to the National Tournament.
CROSSROADS LEAGUE – Two Cinderella teams clashed for this conference’s title as the 4th seeded BETHEL COLLEGE (IN) PILOTS (riverboat pilots) won a 70-65 Instant Classic against the 6th seeded GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS. * The Pilots, as the conference tournament champions, advance to the NAIA Basketball National Tournament. The Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats, as the regular season champions, get the Crossroads League’s other bid to the Continue reading
CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE – The top seeded CAL MARITIME ACADEMY KEELHAULERS delivered a vicious smackdown to the conference’s 4 seeds, the MENLO COLLEGE OAKS, in a 90-69 rout. ### And the 3rd seeded SIMPSON UNIVERSITY RED HAWKS took the 2nd seeded WILLIAM JESSUP UNIVERSITY WARRIORS into Overtime before emerging with an 81-80 upset win that aged all the spectators by about five years.
NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION – The JAMESTOWN COLLEGE JIMMIES, the 1 seeds in the NSAA Tournament, sent the PRESENTATION COLLEGE SAINTS home for the year by defeating them 83-72. ### And the 2nd seeded DAKOTA STATE TROJANS kept this league’s tournament all chalk like it has been since Round One on Wednesday by beating the 3rd seeded VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS by a score of Continue reading
APPALACHIAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The 6th seeded VIRGINIA INTERMONT COLLEGE COBRAS remain THE story of the tournament so far as they logged yet another postseason upset to advance to the conference championship game. Yesterday the Cobras toppled the AAC’s 2 seeds, the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES, in an 80-75 Instant Classic. ### And as for the chalk side of the tourney the UNION (KY) BULLDOGS lived up to their number 1 seeding, moving on to the title game with a thrilling 92-87 victory over the 4th seeded MILLIGAN COLLEGE BUFFALOES.
CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The 2nd seeded SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS rung in the chimes of midnight for the CCAC’s Cinderellas, the 4th seeded ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS. After Wednesday night’s upset win brought the Lakers to the semifinals the Cougars said enough was enough and sent them home for the year with a 73-59 triumph of their own. ### Meanwhile the conference’s top seeds, the CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES, who are also the defending National Champions of NAIA2 basketball, moved on to the league’s title game by defeating the Continue reading
KANSAS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 3rd seeded BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES took on the 6th seeded OTTAWA (KS) UNIVERSITY BRAVES in Quarterfinal action yesterday and won a thrilling 92-86 game ### In a 5 seed over 4 seed upset the TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS toppled the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT MARY SPIRES by a final score of 74-68 ### Meanwhile the top seeded FRIENDS UNIVERSITY FALCONS got more than they bargained for from the 8th seeded SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS but escaped with a 55-52 win ### And in the 2 spot the STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS comfortably slapped down the 7th seeded MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS to the tune of 82-68.
THE SUN CONFERENCE – The opening round of the 2014 Sun Conference Tournament got underway yesterday. The AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES came into the tourney as the 8 seeds and battled the 9th seeded FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY LIONS. The Gyrenes smoked the Lions all through the First Half and led by an unbelievable score of 32-18 at the break. The Lions outscored Ave Maria University in the Second Half but couldn’t overcome their poor play from earlier. The final score was Gyrenes 68 Lions 56. ### The 7 seeds, the WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS, faced the 10th seeded Continue reading
CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES, the defending national champions of NAIA2 basketball, had a bye in the 1st Round of the CCAC tournament. Last night they took the floor for the first time this postseason against the CALUMET COLLEGE CRIMSON WAVE and used a 20-2 run to help convert a 42-39 Halftime lead into a 76-59 victory. ### The ST XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS got off to a 16-0 start enroute to an 84-61 win over the ST FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS ### Meanwhile the ROBERT MORRIS (IL) EAGLES used an 11-3 run in the final minutes to defeat the HOLY CROSS COLLEGE SAINTS 78-70 ### And the ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS and the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS were tied up at 72-72 when Regulation ended. In Overtime the Lakers pulled off the upset by a final score of 88-84.
CROSSROADS LEAGUE – The GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS pulled off one of the big upsets of the opening night for the Crossroads League Tournament. The Lancers – Rachel Laird’s favorite team in the Crossroads League – were the 6 seeds but toppled the 3rd seeded HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY FORESTERS in a 56-54 defensive epic. ### For their part the SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY COUGARS were the stars of the other shocker from this conference last night. The 7th seeded Cougars dispatched the 2nd seeded ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS in a 63-55 affair. ### The 4th seeded BETHEL COLLEGE (IN) PILOTS (riverboat pilots) had no problem taking care of business and defeated the visiting 5 seeds, the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS by a score of 67-52 ### And in the top spot the Continue reading
February Frenzy continues as the NAIA’s Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference joined in the fun last night by tipping off their conference tournament.
The top-seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS got more than they bargained for from their First Round opponents the 8th seeded POINT PARK UNIVERSITY PIONEERS. The game’s Halftime tie of 42-42 off a 3-point buzzer beater from the Pioneers was just one of 12 ties and 19 lead changes throughout the game. Both teams stayed within 4 points of each other for virtually all of the 2nd Half until clutch Free-Throws from the Grenadiers at last gave them a 99-94 victory. For IUS Cameron Mitchell led the scoring with 22 points followed closely by Aishon White with 21 and Jake Simpson with 20. In defeat Gabe McNeal notched 30 points for the Pioneers.
The BEREA COLLEGE MOUNTAINEERS came into the conference tournament as the 5 seeds but managed the upset of the tourney so far by toppling the 2nd seeded ASBURY UNIVERSITY EAGLES. Ironically the Eagles had defeated the Mountaineers in both of their regular season games but it will be Berea moving on to the semifinals. Asbury scored the first points of the game but trailed 35-31 by the break and played from behind the entire 2nd Half. The Mountaineers weathered several comeback attempts by the Eagles and prevailed by a final score of Continue reading
KENTUCKY INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The top seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS notched another conference title. The Grenadiers (love that name) defeated the 3rd seeded ASBURY EAGLES 74-62 in the KIAC championship game. This after eliminating Alice Lloyd and Cincinatti Christian in the previous 2 rounds.
CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE – The 2 seeds, the CAL MARITIME KEELHAULERS, won the CPC title by winning a 66-63 Instant Classic over the 4th seeded MENLO COLLEGE OAKS. The Keelhaulers made their way to the championship game by smacking around the UC- MERCED GOLDEN BOBCATS in the semifinals after their first- round bye.
CROSSROADS LEAGUE – The BETHEL COLLEGE (IN) PILOTS came into this tournament in the 3 spot, but walked away with the conference crown with a nailbiting 68-65 victory over the 5th seeded TAYLOR TROJANS. St Francis (IN) and Marian University fell to the Pilots (riverboat pilots) along the way. Continue reading
CROSSROADS LEAGUE – The upset of the evening last night came when the 8th seeded HUNTINGTON COLLEGE FORESTERS stunned the 1 seeds, the INDIANA WESLEYAN WILDCATS, by a score of 81-69. The Foresters faithful will be talking about this game for years to come! ### In the 7 spot the MARIAN KNIGHTS, the reigning NAIA football champions, likewise shocked the prognosticators by taking down the 2nd seeded GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS 62-54. ### The (3) BETHEL (IN) PILOTS (as in riverboat pilots) performed as expected, defeating the (6) ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS in an 89-73 affair. ### … And in the typically tight 5 vs 4 matchup the (5) TAYLOR TROJANS beat the (4) SPRING ARBOR COUGARS in a 70-62 upset.
CALIFORNIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE – In the opening round of the CPC tournament the 4th seeded MENLO COLLEGE OAKS let a healthy lead slip through their fingers, allowing the 5 seeds, the SIMPSON RED HAWKS, to force overtime. The Oaks emerged with a 111-103 victory in the extra session. ### … And the (3) UC- MERCED GOLDEN BOBCATS defeated the (6) PACIFIC UNION PIONEERS by a score of 73-54. ### The top 2 seeds had a bye in the first round, so on Friday the Golden Bobcats face the (2) CAL MARITIME ACADEMY KEELHAULERS and the Oaks battle the Continue reading
One of the reasons people often give me for why they find college basketball more of an effort to follow than college football is the amorphous nature of the regular season. Unlike in football, where every game counts, everyone knows that in college basketball the regular season does nothing but determine your team’s seeding in their conference tournament. Those conference tournaments are when even the most casual of fans begin to sit up and take notice since the stakes are clearer and winning the conference tournament will earn your team a spot in the national championship tournament.
Last night the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) began its conference tournament season as the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tipped off its 2013 tournament. The Top 3 seeds get a bye in the 1st round so not everyone saw action last night. Here are the results from Round 1.
Not surprisingly the 8 vs 9 matchup was the tightest game of the evening. The 9th seeded TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS pulled off the upset, toppling the (8) ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS by a score of 61-55. The Trolls (how can you not love their logo) held Roosevelt to just under 30% shooting including 2 of 26 from downtown. BJ Wortham led Trinity Christian with 14 points, followed by teammate Ezekiel Odonkor with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Four other Trolls contributed at Continue reading