SAGU earns first-ever conference tournament trip
Lions slated for three games this weekend in OKC
Tourney foes: No. 16 OCU, No. 34 Northwood, Texas Wesleyan
WAXAHACHIE -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University will compete in next weekend's Sooner Athletic Conference tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
It will be the Lions first appearance in a conference tourney since SAGU joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the late 1990's.
Head Coach Sam Blackmon has a young squad with a roster comprised of 13 freshmen, eight sophomores, three juniors and four seniors. The Purple Pride is made up of 75% underclassmen.
The SAC's Top Eight teams are in the tournament and are divided into a pair of four-team pools (groups). Teams will play the other three from their group in what is referred to as "pool play." After three days of pool play the winner of each group will meet in the championship game on Monday, May 5.
The overall champion automatically qualifies for the NAIA national tournament.
SAGU opens with Oklahoma City University, the host and No. 16 ranked team in the nation, at 6:00pm on Friday. The Stars are 32-16 overall and have won 23 of 30 home games played at Jim Wade Stadium. They were 3-0 against the Lions during the regular season.
The following day at 1:00pm the Lions will tangle with Northwood University (32-18). The Knights did not make the Top 25, though they did receive enough votes to come in at No. 34.
SAGU is also 0-3 against Northwood after last weekend's series in Waxahachie.
Texas Wesleyan University (26-24) is the Lions' final test on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm. The Rams won the season series two games to one.
The other group of teams includes No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Baptist University (45-6), Wayland Baptist University (32-20), University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (25-21) and St. Gregory's University (15-31).
The entire schedule for both groups is available at: http://www.soonerathletic.org/article/2735.php
A preview of the tournament will be posted here on Thursday night. It will include a media listing of coverage for fans to follow the game.