SAGU ranked no. 5 in NCCAA hoops
Official Top 10 poll announced today
Men's team (14-3) moves up two spots
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association announced their Top 10 today and the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team appears at no. 5, two places higher than the previous poll.
The Lions have won five straight to build their won-lost record to 14-3.
They lead the Red River Athletic Conference by a half game (8-2 RRAC record) over Our Lady of the Lake University (8-3) and one game ahead of Texas College (7-3) and LSU-Shreveport (7-3).
The race for the RRAC championship will surely go down to the wire. Currently there are seven teams within two games of first place (in the loss column).
The Lions rose in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Top 25 Coaches Poll this week to no. 17. There are 106 teams in Division I.
As for the NCCAA, the weekly ranking is also a poll. There are 70 men’s member teams, with 27 from the NAIA and 26 from NCAA.
At the end of the regular season (late February), many teams in the NAIA will compete in the conference tournament, with the winning team, and a runner-up receiving bids for the national 32-team playoff tourney. It is held in Kansas City, Missouri.
The NCCAA has a number of regional tournaments – SAGU is in the Central – with eight teams qualifying for nationals. That event is hosted by Grace College in northern Indiana.
SAGU sets their sights in earning entry in the RRAC tourney, which they host, and either of the NAIA or NCCAA national venues.
The Lions, at no. 5, trail Indiana Wesleyan University (18-2), McMurry University (10-2), Shorter University (10-4) and Emmanuel College (16-2).
McMurry is new to the NCCAA this year and is located in Abilene, Texas. The War Hawks are from the NCAA’s Division 2.
The complete NCCAA Poll is posted below.
NCCAA Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll
|1||Indiana Wesleyan University (MW)||Marion, IN||Wildcats||18-2|
|2||McMurry University (C)||Abilene, TX||War Hawks||10-2|
|3||Shorter University (S)||Roma, GA||Hawks||10-4|
|4||Emmanuel College (S)||Franklin Springs, GA||Lions||16-2|
|5||SAGU (C)||Waxahachie, TX||Lions||14-3|
|6||Bethel College (NC)||Mishawaka, IN||Pilots||16-4|
|7||Hope International Univ (W)||Fullerton, CA||Royals||17-1|
|8||California Baptist University (W)||Riverside, CA||Lancers||8-4|
|9||Mid-Continent University (ME)||Mayfield, KY||Cougars||11-6|
|10||Mid-American Christian University (C)||OKC, OK||Evangels||7-5|
16 Others Receiving Votes:
Cedarville University (Oh)
Oklahoma Christian University
Northwestern College (Mn)
Greenville College (Ill)
Point University (Ga)
Southern Nazarene Univ (Ok)
Dallas Baptist University (Tx)
Fresno Pacific University (Cal)
Roberts Wesleyan Univ (NY)
Arizona Christian University
Covenant College (Ga)
Grace College (Ind)
Malone University (Oh)
Spring Arbor (Mich)
Campbellsville University (Ky)
Azusa Pacific University (Cal)
The Master’s College (Cal)