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Top 32 teams will meet in KC, March 19-25

Conference tournament update, some yet to be decided

PLUS: News on the NAIA's first-ever All-Star Game, March 22

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is excited to announce the 32-team pairings in the Division I Men's Basketball National Championships will be officially announced with a live and free video-stream Selection Show this Wednesday, March 12.

Fans of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lions can watch the men’s segment when it is aired at 8:00pm (CST).

The women’s national tournament bracket will be broadcast at 7:00pm.

The announcement of the Selection Show and Pairings was made by Chad Waller, the NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information.

The Division I championships will be contested from March 19-25; the men will be at Kansas City, Mo., and the women will compete in Frankfort, Ky.

There will be commentary and analysis during the show. The video will appear on NAIA.org roughly five minutes prior to the start of the show.

SAGU is currently 26-5 overall and ranked No. 5 in the last Top 25 Coaches Poll. That would likely mean a No. 5 national seeding in thenaia-starting-line-up-2013 brackets.

The final poll during the season, which will include last week’s loss in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament to Oklahoma Baptist University, will be announced on Wednesday as well.

A year ago the team was 29-4 (heading into the nat'l tourney) and ranked No. 6 going into Kansas City. The team won their first four games before coming up short in the championship game to Georgetown College (Ky).

The SAC will send at least two teams; SAGU and OBU (19-15), who won the conference tournament on Saturday.

Three other teams won 20 or more games; Wayland Baptist University (23-10), St. Gregory’s University (21-9) and John Brown University (21-11). St. Greg’s was ranked No. 17 and the Wayland was at No. 22 in last week’s poll. JBU was unranked.

Generally, teams must receive an automatic bid; given to the regular season champion (SAGU) and conference tournament champion (OBU) or appear in the polls for a chance at an at-large invitation.

Several conferences have their tournament title game schedule for Monday or Tuesday night.

To view the complete list of NAIA conference tourneys, visit: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209393760

Here is a current look at how the Top 10 teams faired:

#1  Cal State-San Marcos (30-1)                   Defeated Life (Ga) in final, 112-95, on Sunday
#2  Pikeville (Ky) (30-2)                                    Defeated Georgetown, 96-71, in final on Sunday
#3  William Carey (Miss) (27-2)                     Defeated Emmanuel, 85-73, in final on Saturday
#4  Columbia (Mo) (30-2)                                Hosts Freed-Hardeman in final on Tuesday
#5  SAGU (Tex) (26-5)                                      Lost quarterfinal to Oklahoma Baptist, 79-78 (OT)
#6  Emmanuel (Ga) (29-3)                              Lost to William Carey, 85-73, in final on Saturday
#7  Talladega (Ala) (28-5)                               Def. Philander-Smith, 104-95 (OT) in final on Sunday
#8  Freed-Hardeman (Tn) (27-4)                   Plays at Columbia in final on Tuesday
#9  Vanguard (Cal) (26-6)                               Hosts Hope International in final on Tuesday
#10  Benedictine (Ks) (22-8)                          Lost to Evangel, 73-58, in semifinals on Friday

Hoop Scoop:  Wiley wins Red River, Evangel has shot in the HAAC, All-Star Game approaches

The Red River Athletic Conference regular season champ, LSU-Shreveport (21-8), lost to the No. 4 seed, Wiley College (25-6), 94-87, in the semifinals. Wiley defeated No. 2 St. Thomas (20-10) in the title game, 56-52.

Sister school, Evangel University (23-9), the No. 4 seed in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, takes on No. 3 MidAmerica Nazarene University (22-10), in Monday’s night HAAC final.

A new feature at this year’s National Championship in KC is the NAIA All-Star Game. It will pit 10 players from Division I against ten from Division II.

The game will take place at 8:00pm (CST) on Saturday, March 22, following that day’s four quarterfinal games.

Here is the official article on the All-Star Game: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209402981&DB_OEM_ID=27900

While the D2 All-Star representatives were announced last week, the D1 reps will be revealed on Tuesday, March 11.

The event will also include a 3-Point Shootout and a Slam Dunk tournament.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.
 

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