CLOSE UPSETS – The LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS (riverboat pilots) rose up and took out the (8) PIKEVILLE UNIVERSITY BEARS! After leading at halfime 44-35 the Pilots withstood a spirited rally by Pikeville in the 2nd half and advance to the Sweet 16 with a 91-87 victory. ### And the MARTIN METHODIST REDHAWKS upset the (11) WESTMONT WARRIORS. The Redhawks were up by 7 at the break then had to go blow for blow with Westmont in a fast’n’ furious 2nd half to come out on top 71-65.
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS – The number one seeds, the COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS, sent a message to the rest of the tournament field yesterday, eviscerating the OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS by a score of 68-37. ### And in more bad news for the Sooner Athletic Conference the UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS got eliminated by the Continue reading
Last night’s NAIA Division Two National Championship Game saw the top 2 seeds in the tournament battling each other for the title. The top seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN and the 2nd seeds, the CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES, were the two teams left standing after all the hardcourt drama that had unfolded since the tournament started last Wednesday.
The Wolves shot 50% from the field enroute to a 73-59 victory over the Statesmen, giving Cardinal Stritch University its first ever NAIA national championship in basketball. The game was a very tight 39-36 at the break in favor of the Wolves but the 2nd half saw Stritch getting some separation and winding up wearing the 2013 crown. WPU outrebounded CSU 35-33 but were outdone by the Wolves in every other statistical category. Stritch also got to the line 25 times, making 20 from the charity stripe compared to William Penn, whose 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
VALLEY CITY STATE RULES THE WORLD – The NAIA’s 19th ranked VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS played the role of giant-killers yesterday. The Vikings hosted NCAA Division TWO’s SOUTH DAKOTA M&T HARDROCKERS and brought them down in an epic 61-55 clash.
For newbies to these divisions this is like a D2 hoops team upsetting a D1 team. NAIA football teams often topple NCAA D2 teams and their basketball teams prove they’re more than capable of such upsets, too. Valley City State improves to 20-6 with the win and have emerged with a victory in 5 out of their last 6 games.
NUMBER THREE TAKES A FALL – The unranked GEORGE FOX BRUINS took it on the road and managed to defeat the number 3 team in the nation, the WHITWORTH PIRATES, by a score of 89-81. The Bruins move up to 14-9 while the Pirates fall to 20-3. ### In other upsets in the D3 Top 25 the SCRANTON ROYALS toppled the visiting 8th ranked CATHOLIC CARDINALS 82-74 ### The HOPE FLYING DUTCHMEN welcomed the unlucky number 13 CALVIN KNIGHTS and sent them home with a 73-70 loss ### … And at 21 the CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS fell Continue reading
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Division One – 1. COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS ### 2. LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES ### 3. LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS ### 4. PIKEVILLE UNIVERSITY BEARS ### 5. XAVIER (LA) GOLD RUSH ### 6. JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES ### 7. LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS ### 8. OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON ### 9. EMMANUEL LIONS ### 10. HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS ### 11. MONTANA STATE- NORTHERN LIGHTS ### 12. ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY HILLCATS Continue reading
NUMBER TWO TAKES A FALL – The unranked GEORGETOWN (KY) TIGERS took it on the road and brought down the number 2 team in the nation, the PIKEVILLE UNIVERSITY BEARS. In a hard-fought game that the Georgetown faithful will be talking about for years to come the Tigers emerged with an 80-77 victory. *** Meanwhile, in another example of an unranked team toppling a ranked program the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS (TX) CELTS likewise played road warriors and defeated the 24th ranked TEXAS COLLEGE STEERS. This matchup was a defensive epic with the final score being Celts 55 Steers 53 ### … And finishing out the upsets in the NAIA Top 25 yesterday the number 25 MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS fell to the CULVER- STOCKTON WILDCATS in an 89-88 heartbreaker on the road.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION TWO – The 18th ranked SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS were on the road against the number 3 CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES and when the dust settled the Cougars went home with a 66-62 win in this undeniable Instant Classic. ### The (23) CAL MARITIME ACADEMY KEELHAULERS lost a 71-70 Overtime nailbiter on the road to the UC-MERCED BOBCATS ### … And in the only other upset in the Top 25 for this division of college basketball the YORK (NE) PANTHERS edged the Continue reading
NUMBER ONE TAKES A FALL – The NAIA’s top-ranked UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS were upset on the road by the UVA-WISE HIGHLAND CAVALIERS (logo at left). The Highland Cavs won by a respectable score of 69-54 so this was no last-minute fluke with a half-court three or any other freak event.
OTHER TOP 25 UPSETS – A day after trouncing Montana Tech the ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS held serve as well and brought down the number 3 LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS in an 89-80 affair that was LCSC’s 1st loss of the season ### The (18) WESTMINSTER (UT) GRIFFINS dismembered the 10th ranked MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS by a rollicking 82-50 ### The HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS entered the Century Club on the same day they upset the 15th ranked CONCORDIA (CA) EAGLES in a 101-91 game that left the Royals fans feeling regal satisfaction ### At 19 the ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY HILLCATS lost an 81-80 heartbreaker at the (25) JOHN BROWN GOLDEN EAGLES ### … And the (22) OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS joined the other ranked teams losing on the road, falling to the WAYLAND BAPTIST PIONEERS in a tight 70-68 matchup.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA DIVISION 2 – The (17) ST THOMAS (FL) BOBCATS took it on the road and brought down the number 2 EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES in an 81-78 Instant Classic ### The 3rd ranked NORTHWOOD (FL) SEAHAWKS, who recently added ice hockey to their athletics department, fell in Overtime on the road to the WEBBER INTERNATIONAL WARRIORS by a score of 93-88 ### The number 12 GRACE LANCERS were upset by the ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS in a thrilling 74-69 affair ### The 14th ranked SOUTHERN OREGON RAIDERS lost at home to the (22) NORTHWEST (WA) EAGLES by a score of 82-73 ### … And at number 19 the AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES suffered a Continue reading
CHAPARRALS RULE THE WORLD – Readers familiar with Balladeer’s Blog’s college football coverage are well aware of the tendency of NAIA teams to upset teams from NCAA Division 2. That tendency extends to basketball season at times, too. Yesterday the LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY CHAPARRALS (logo above) took it on the road and upset D2’s NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY COWBOYS in a 90-88 game that Chaps fans will be talking about for years to come.
CENTURY CLUB – Among the teams scoring 100 or more points yesterday: The INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS improved to 11-3 with a 108-75 road thrashing of the POINT PARK PIONEERS. The Grenadiers (love that name) led 59-34 at halftime and glided through the 2nd half to remain unbeaten in conference play. ### The LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS clipped the wings of the HAMILTON HARRIERS by a score of 100-69 ### The UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS held serve by taking down the TENNESSEE WESLEYAN BULLDOGS 100-83 ### In the Chuck Daly Tournament the NORTHWOOD (FL) UNIVERSITY SEAHAWKS slammed the VALOR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE WARRIORS by a score of 106-73 ### The OLD WESTBURY PANTHERS topped the MISERICORDIA COUGARS in a 100-97 catfight ### … And the GREENSBURG BOBCATS devoured the WRIGHT STATE LAKERS in a Continue reading
The votes are all in for the 3rd edition of Balladeer’s Bowl in which my readers get to vote on who would win if the NAIA college football champs played the NCAA Division 3 football champs. D3 needed a Joe Namath moment for this 3rd go-round but none materialized as the NAIA champs made it 3 Balladeer’s Bowl victories in a row.
The MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS came in as the NAIA title holders with the storied MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS carrying the banner of D3 football. 263 voters felt the Knights would defeat the Purple Raiders with just 212 voting for Mt Union. D3 can take solace from the fact that this was the most votes their team has gotten thus far in this hypothetical matchup.
Here’s a look at the winners and losers of all 3 Balladeer’s Bowl games:
Balladeer’s Bowl 3: MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS defeated the Mount Union Purple Raiders
Balladeer’s Bowl 2: Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog regularly chronicles the intense gridiron rivalry between the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and the NCAA Division 3. Each year I allow my readers to vote in Balladeer’s Bowl about who would win if the NAIA champions played D3’s title winners. This year that means the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS from the NAIA and the MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS from D3. Will it be 3 victories in a row for the NAIA team? As always, to avoid multiple votes by the same people you can cast your vote by emailing me at Continue reading