Lions rise in NAIA Coaches Poll
SAGU inches up to no. 14
Texas Wesleyan visits Saturday, 4:00pm
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Earning respect each step of the way, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team advanced two spaces upward in this week’s Top 25 Coaches Poll in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Being new on the NAIA platform, the Lions entered this week riding a nine-game winning streak and toting an 18-3 overall record.
SAGU is now ranked no. 14, with 163 voting points. Moving up as a newbie takes time, while descending can be quicker than gravity. Despite going 3-0 over the past week, the Purple Pride garnered just six points.
Three other fellow members from the Red River Athletic Conference are also on the radar. LSU-Shreveport (15-4) comes in at no. 24.
The Pilots handed the Lions there biggest setback of the season in December.
SAGU will close the regular season with a trip to Shreveport to face the 'River Runners.' The game is set for Monday, February 25.
Our Lady of the Lake University (14-7) and the University of St. Thomas (13-5) received enough votes to rate no. 32 and no. 33.
Texas Wesleyan University (13-8), Wiley College (11-8) and Texas College (15-6) have been ranked this season and could return.
The Lions are 5-2 against that group of teams, falling to LSUS and Texas College. Westmont College (18-3), no. 5 this week, gave SAGU an overtime, 69-65 defeat in November.
Saturday the Lions will host Texas Wesleyan at 4:00pm (CST). The game will carry much attention as the Rams are a perennial national power.
SAGU Sports Live will air the game in HD on SAGU TV. The pre-game show will begin approximately 3:45pm.
Rob Price is the host and will bring the play-by-play while Tim Roberts supplies the color analyst role.
Bianca Alarcon is the courtside reporter and presents weekly player interviews.
The Lions lead the 12-team Red River Athletic Conference with a 13-2 won-lost record. They lead OLLU and LSUS by one game in the loss column.
Columbia College (22-0), located halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis, is currently the top ranked team in the NAIA.
The Cougars have both the NAIA’s second best shooting accuracy (.525) and second best shooting defense (.373). SAGU’s defense ranks fourth in limiting opposing shooters (.381 accuracy).
Lee University (Cleveland, Tn) is second to Columbia. The Flames were 19-1 beginning this week.
Lions hold #5 spot in NCCAA ratings
SAGU maintained their no. 5 rating in the National Christian College Athletic Association.
The Top 5 were unchanged; 1) Indiana Wesleyan University (22-3). 2) Shorter University (Ga) (12-4). 3) McMurry University (Tx) (12-4). 4) Emmanuel College (Ga) (20-2).
The NCCAA has teams from the NCAA's Division II and D3, NAIA and other athletic associations.