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SAGU hosts Wayland Baptist at 3:00pm on Saturday

Sister school, No. 9 Vanguard, hosts No. 1 CSSM next week

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WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The ninth edition of the Top 25 Coaches Poll by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) was announced on Tuesday afternoon from their headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

There were slight changes in the Top Ten, though one involved Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

The Lions rose one position, from No. 5 to No. 4. SAGU is 5-2 against ranked teams.

Dropping from third to fifth was Tennessee’s Freed-Hardeman University.

The FHU Lions lost to unranked Lindenwood University (Belleville, Ill.). The Lynx have beaten the Lions twice in two weeks by rallying from a 20-point deficit to win, 83-81, at home.

They stunned then-No. 1 ranked Freed-Hardeman on Jan. 30, 88-87, on a long three-pointer as time expired.

Current No. 1, Cal State-San Marcos, is 27-1. They have one game remaining, on Feb. 27, when they are on the road to play SAGU sister school, No. 9 Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Cal). VU is 6-3 against ranked teams.

The University of Pikeville (Ky) holds on at No. 2. The Bears defeated No. 16 Georgetown College (Ky), 105-95, last week to avenge a 92-77 loss at GC a month ago.

Mississippi’s William Carey University (20-2) moved up a notch to No. 3. The Crusaders lead the Southern States Athletic Conference, where they are 14-0 in league play.

They play at No. 24 Martin Methodist College (Tenn) (16-7) on Wednesday night. Wm. Carey leads No. 8 Emmanuel College (22-2) by two games in the SSAC.

Behind SAGU at No. 5 is Freed-Hardeman (23-2). The Lions are at No. 7 Columbia College (25-2) on Saturday.

SAGU entertains Wayland Baptist University (18-8) on Saturday at 3:00pm. The Pioneers gave the Lions an 89-82 loss to knock SAGU from the No. 1 spot last month.

The Purple Pride has another ranked foe visiting the Sheaffer Center next week when No. 23 St. Gregory’s University (18-7) comes to town on Feb. 27.

When questioned over the weekend, few SAGU players said they pay attention to the rankings. A common reply was, “We have enough to work on ourselves,” or “We have our sights set differently.”

There is very little that separates ranked teams, especially higher in the polls. With the regular season ending on March 1 and conference tournaments the following week, fans can expect more setbacks among the contenders.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The ninth regular-season Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 25.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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