By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Game of the Week
Division I Men's Basketball
No. 10 John Brown (Ark.) (15-3, 4-0 SAC) at No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist (15-3, 3-1 SAC)
- In the NAIA Men's Basketball Game of the Week, two heavyweights from the Sooner Athletic Conference clash Thursday in Shawnee, Okla., from the Noble Complex. John Brown is the league leader with a 4-0 mark, while the Bison are tied for second with Lubbock Christian (Texas) at 3-1 in circuit play.
- Oklahoma Baptist has been unstoppable on its home court since 2011. The Bison have won 33-straight at the Noble Complex, with the last loss dating back to Feb. 17, 2011. Overall, Oklahoma Baptist is 85-3 since the 2006 - 07 season at home. Those three losses were by a combined nine points.
- In the all-time series, the Bison own a 37-15 record. They have not lost a home game in the series since 2005.
- Both teams, who are in a conference with two other Top 25 teams, are in the thick of a difficult stretch. John Brown is playing its fourth ranked opponent in the last five games. Meanwhile, Oklahoma Baptist is facing its third-straight Top 25 foe.
- The Golden Eagles are 6-0 in road matches this year, including a 68-58 victory over then-No. 9 Science and Arts (Okla.) on Jan. 8. As part of its 33-game home win streak, Oklahoma Baptist is 16-0 this year and has won by an average of nearly 30 points.
- In the latest Top 25 poll (Jan. 15), Oklahoma Baptist was ranked for the 55th-straight poll. That mark is the longest active streak in the division. At No. 10, John Brown enjoys its highest ranking since debuting at the No. 8 slot in the 2005-06 preseason Top 25.
- Boasting six players over 6-foot-5, the Golden Eagles have controlled the boards this season. They rank fourth in total rebounding margin (9.7) and No. 13 in total rebounds per game (40.9)
- Ranked third in scoring defense (58.6) in the NAIA, the Bison get it done defensively. They have held five out of 18 opponents to 50-or-fewer points. In addition, just five teams have scored 70-plus in a game this year, with a season-high 81 allowed against defending national champion Concordia (Calif.).
- Six Bison average at least eight points or better per game, led by the 13.8 average by David Johnson. He has hit 10-or-more points in 16 of his contests. Lately though he has cooled off a bit with a 10.8 scoring clip in his last four games. Marques Anderson leads the club with 8.2 boards per game and adds 9.1 points.
- Coleson Rakestraw leads a balanced scoring attack for John Brown. The 6-foot-2 guard nets 11.1 points per contest, with a season-best 28 against Trinity Western (B.C.) on Dec. 19. Max Hopfgartner is second in scoring (10.9) and grabs a team-high 6.8 caroms.
- Both teams wrap up the regular-season slate with the rematch on Feb. 23 in Siloam Springs, Ark.
Some information courtesy of Oklahoma Baptist and John Brown's Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
- Thursday - No. 4 William Carey (Miss.) at No. 21 Faulkner (Ala.)
- Thursday - No. 10 John Brown (Ark.) at No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist
- Thursday - No. 18 Emmanuel (Ga.) at No. 6 Lee (Tenn.)
- Thursday - No. 11 Evangel (Mo.) at No. 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
- Saturday -- No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at No. 12 Montana State-Northern
- Saturday - No. 16 Hope International (Calif.) at No. 7 Westmont (Calif.)
- Saturday - No. 22 Philander Smith (Ark.) at No. 13 Xavier (La.)
- Saturday - No. 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) at No. 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
- Thursday - No. 9 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at No. 24 Ave Maria (Fla.)
- Thursday - No. 6 St. Thomas (Fla.) at No. 10 Northwood (Fla.)
- Saturday - No. 24 Ave Maria (Fla.) at No. 6 St. Thomas (Fla.)
- Saturday - No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) at No. 7 Mount Mercy (Iowa)
- Saturday - No. 18 Saint Xavier (Ill.) at No. 3 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
- Saturday - No. 21 Southern Oregon at No. 1 Eastern Oregon
Upsets This Week in the Top 25
- Tuesday - Webber International (Fla.) def No. 9 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 70-63
- Wednesday - Morningside (Iowa) def No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa), 98-81
- Wednesday - Mount Marty (S.D.) def No. 12 Dordt (Iowa), 77-60
For the Record
- The lone undefeated team in both Division I and Division II, No. 1-ranked Columbia (Mo.) set a program record with its 18th-straight victory on Tuesday. The Cougars (18-0) took down Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.), 84-38. Columbia joins NAIA Division I women's program, The Master's (Calif.) as the only perfect teams in NAIA basketball.
- Looking back at the last five seasons in Division I, Georgetown (Ky.) holds the highwater mark for the longest win streak to open up a season - 34-straight wins. Mountain State (W.Va.) held a 23-game win streak to start the 2009 - 10 season. Shorter (Ga.) won 22-consecutive games to start the 2011 - 12 season and LSU Shreveport (La.) rattled off 16-straight victories to begin 2010 - 11. Rogers State (Okla.) went 13-0 to begin 2008 - 09 before its first loss.
- Next up for Columbia is a home contest against Missouri Baptist Thursday and a road date at Lyon (Ark.) Saturday. Both opponents have records below .500.
- Columbia, Hope International (Calif.) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) all own the most wins in Division I with 18.
- Five teams have one loss-or-fewer on their record.
- There are 18 programs with 15-or-more victories (through games played Jan. 16).
- Conversely, two teams own just one win on the season. Last week at this time, there were five teams with one victory.
- In the coaching ranks, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) head coach Larry Chapman stands third on the active Division I wins list with 695 (through Jan. 12). He looks to become the fifth active coach in both NAIA Division I and II to reach the 700-win threshold.
- Columbia coach Bob Burchard claimed his 600th career win against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Nov. 14.
- Two coaches recently hit the 500-win milestone: on Jan. 3, Central Methodist coach Jeff Sherman hit the mark with a victory over Graceland (Iowa) and Robert Morris (Ill.) general Al Bruehl did so on Nov. 1 in the season-opening win over Evangel (Mo.). Overall, there are nine Division I head coaches with 500-plus wins.
- Nebraska Wesleyan, currently 8-9 on the season (through Jan. 16), and leads all Division II programs in all-time wins with 1,365. The Prairie Wolves started their men's basketball program in 1905 - 06.
- No teams in the division are undefeated. Eastern Oregon, William Penn (Iowa) and Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) have the most victories (through games played Jan. 16) with 20.
- Two programs have just one blemish to their record.
- Overall, 23 teams have won at least 15 contests thus far.
- Conversely, two programs are searching for their first victory on the season.
- Ottawa (Kan.) coach Andy Carrier is close to 300 career wins. He currently stands 294-369 (through Jan. 16) and looks to become the 17th active head coach in NAIA Division II with 300-or-more wins.
Division I Individual:
Scoring Leader: Anthony Dorsey, Truett McConnell (Ga.) - 28.2 ppg
Rebounding Leader: Demetrius Smith, Huston-Tillotson (Texas) - 10.4 rpg
Assists Leader: Travis Lampley, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) - 9.5 apg
Steals Leader: Marcel Towns, Great Falls (Mont.) - 3.7 spg
Blocks Leader: Brandon Greene, Pikeville (Ky.) - 3.2 bpg
Division II Individual:
Scoring Leader: Rashad James, Northwood (Fla.) - 24.4 ppg
Rebounding Leader: Terry Muse, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) - 11.1 rpg
Assists Leader: Tyrone Davis, Northwood (Fla.) - 8.7 apg
Steals Leader: Kevin Hincapie, St. Thomas (Fla.) - 3.5 spg
Blocks Leader: Tyler Rogers, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) - 3.1 bpg
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Jan. 17, 2013
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division I Men's Basketball
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division II Men's Basketball
NAIA Men's Basketball Winningest Coaches
NAIA Men's Basketball Regular-Season Records
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 76th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship will run from March 13 - 19, 2013 in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City has served as the host city in 67 of the previous 75 championships, including the last 11-straight events. The 32-team field will be announced on March 6. The championship is distinguished as it is the oldest national championship basketball tournament in the country, preceding any NIT or NCAA Tournament. Founded in 1937, the tournament has hailed national champions from 22 states, including Hawaii. The state of Oklahoma claims the most titles with 10 followed by Missouri with eight.
The 22nd annual Division II Men's Basketball National Championship is scheduled for March 6 - 12, 2013 in Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Mo. College of the Ozarks will serve as hosts for the 14th-consecutive year. The 32-team field will be announced on Feb. 27.
National Championship Superlatives
Most All-Time Championship Appearances
|Division I||Division II|
|1. Georgetown (Ky.)||31||1. College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||16|
|2. Central Washington*||27||2. Northwestern (Iowa)||15|
|3. Oklahoma Baptist||25||3. Oregon Tech||14|
|4. Cumberlands (Ky.)||21||T4. Bellevue (Neb.)||13|
|5. Wisconsin – Eau Claire*||20||T4. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)%||13|
Most Wins in Championship Appearances
|Division I||Division II|
|1. Oklahoma Baptist||58||1. Oregon Tech||33|
|2. Georgetown (Ky.)||54||2. Northwestern (Iowa)||29|
|3. Oklahoma City||47||T3. Cornerstone (Mich.)||26|
|4. Central Washington*||46||T3. Bethel (Ind.)||26|
|5. Hamline (Minn.)*||36||5. College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||25|
Programs with the Most Championship Titles
|Division I||Division II|
|1. Oklahoma City||6||T1. Bethel (Ind.)||3|
|T2. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)*||3||T1. Oregon Tech||3|
|T2. Hamline (Minn.)*||3||T3. Cornerstone (Mich.)||2|
|T2. Kentucky State*||3||T3. Northwestern (Iowa)||2|
|T2. Life (Ga.)||3||5. 11 Teams tied at||1|
|T2. Tennessee A&I||3|
*No longer an NAIA member institution
% Now a member of NAIA Division I