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October 25, 2018 | Blake Cochran

The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team has been ranked in the coaches preseason top 25 poll sitting at 18th in the country. This is four spots ahead of where they finished in last seasons poll at 22nd. Other SAC members in the top 25 are: Oklahoma City University 5, T exas Wesleyan University 11, and Wayland Baptist University 20, University of the Science and Arts and Langston University received votes which would put them at 28 and 38.

Words from Coach Delton Deal on being preseason ranked, “We are excited to be recognized nationally, it’s a great honor. Now we are really looking forward to trying to continue to build on the successes this program has had over the last several years.”

Other news for the season, they have added Stephen F. Austin to their 2018-2019 season on November 8th in Nacogdoches, TX. The Lions had an outstanding season in 2017-2018 as they won the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament and made it to the NAIA national tournament. They finished with an overall record of 24-10 and 13-7 in the SAC on the year.

Stephen F. Austin won the Southland Conference tournament making them an automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament. Texas Tech University ended their season in the round of 64 60-70. They had key wins of Louisiana Tech, Rice, LSU, and North Dakota State . They are picked to repeat as conference champions in the preseason poll receiving 23 of the 26 first-place votes. The Lumberjacks return all-conference guard Shannon Bogues and juniors Kevon Harris and TJ Holyfield which has helped them appear in four of the past five NCAA tournaments.

The Lions first opponent of the season is an exhibition at Tarleton State University Monday, October 29th at 7:30 pm. Three days later is their first official game when Champion Christian College visits Waxahachie for the Texas Snowstorm game for a 7 pm tipoff.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at

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