By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Game of the Week
Division II Men's Basketball
No. 7 Mount Mercy (Iowa) (23-3, 8-1 MCC) at No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) (25-1, 9-0 MCC)
Saturday, Feb. 9 | 3 p.m. CST | Penn Gymnasium | Oskaloosa, Iowa
Live Video (William Penn)
- The top two teams in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) meet on the hard wood Saturday when No. 7 Mount Mercy (Iowa) travels to No. 2 William Penn (Iowa). Currently, William Penn leads the MCC with a 9-0 record and holds a one-game lead over Mount Mercy.
- After Saturday, both teams have three more regular-season games remaining with the MCC Tournament starting Feb. 20.
- These two teams previously met on Jan. 19, which saw the Statesmen come away with a 92-87 victory over the Mustangs, Mount Mercy's only loss in MCC action. The Mustangs' Chad Underwood led all scorers with 35 points in the contest. In the first meeting, free throws were huge as William Penn was 29-of-43 from the line, while Mount Mercy was 20-of-30. The game featured 18 ties and eight lead changes.
- With a William Penn win, the Statesmen will clinch a share of the MCC title and will earn the top seed for the MCC Tournament.
- William Penn is looking for its fourth all-time regular season MCC championship, with the Statesmen winning three-straight from 2006 - 08. The only MCC regular and season tournament championships for the Mustangs came after the 1995 - 96 season. Also, Mount Mercy made its only national championship appearance that year.
- In this series in the last 10 years, the road team has had the upper hand. The Statesmen hold a 9-3 record in Cedar Rapids, while the Mustangs are 6-5 at William Penn.
- After falling to the Statesmen on Jan. 19, Mount Mercy has bounced back to win four-straight contest. Its last win came on Feb. 6, when the Mustangs were victorious over Clarke (Iowa), 103-64.
- The Mustangs are averaging 84.3 points per game this season while only allowing 67.3 points per game.
- Mount Mercy's three losses this season have been by a combined seven points, including one in overtime.
- Leading the Mustangs on offense is Chad Underwood. Underwood is pacing the team with 17.1 points per game, which is third best in the MCC. Teammate Lamar Wall is second on the team and fourth in the MCC scoring 16.6 points per game.
- Currently, Underwood is leading the nation in 3-point percentage, shooting 49.5 percent from behind the arc. He also ranks 16th in field goal percent shooting 58.7 percent from the floor.
- Alex Coleman leads the Mustangs on the glass as he is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. That is the fourth best average in the MCC.
- Mount Mercy leads the MCC in field goal percentage (48.4 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (40 percent.)
- William Penn comes into the game of the week after defeating AIB (Iowa), 91-48, on Feb. 6.
- The Statesmen have won 11-consecutive games. Its only loss of the season occurred to then-No. 19 Bellevue (Neb.), 82-71, on Dec. 7
- William Penn is a perfect 11-0 on its home court of Penn Gymnasium this season.
- As a team the Statesmen lead the NAIA in nine different categories, including scoring per game (97.1), rebounds per game (48.2), scoring margin (24.5), total assists (541) and 3-pointers per game (11.6).
- William Penn has five players scoring in double figures, led by Brandon Beasley's 18.8 points per game. Keith Steffeck is second on the team averaging 14.1 per contest.
- Taylor Stoutner ranks fifth in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (3.3) and total threes (87), while teammate Blake Walker is seventh in total assists (142) and ninth in assists per game (5.5).
- William Penn is shooting 48.0 percent from the floor this season and holds a +11 rebounding advantage.
Some information courtesy of Mount Mercy and William Penn Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
- Monday - No. 4 John Brown (Ark.) def. No. 20 Rogers State (Okla.), 81-74
- Saturday - No. 9 Emmanuel (Ga.) at No. 2 Lee (Tenn.)
- Saturday - No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) at No. 15 Hope International (Calif.)
- Saturday - No. 11 Xavier (La.) at No. 24 Philander Smith (Ark.)
- Saturday - No. 7 Mount Mercy (Iowa) at No. 2 William Penn (Iowa)
- Saturday - No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) at No. 18 Doane (Neb.)
- Saturday -- No. 14 Bethel (Ind.) at No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan
- Saturday - No. 21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at No. 12 St. Thomas (Fla.)
Upsets This Week in the Top 25
- Monday - (RV) Southern-New Orleans (La.) def. No. 24 Philander Smith (Ark.), 80-68
- Tuesday - (RV) Arizona Christian def. No. 15 Hope International (Calif.), 101-86
- Tuesday - Oklahoma City def. No. 25 Mid-America Christian (Okla.), 65-63
- Thursday - No. 22 Georgetown def. No. 7 Pikeville (Ky.), 83-76
- Thursday - No. 25 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) def. No. 20 Rogers State (Okla.), 76-72
- Tuesday - Saint Francis (Ind.) def. No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan, 89-73
- Tuesday - Huntington (Ind.) def. No. 14 Bethel (Ind.), 61-59
- Tuesday - Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) def. No. 8 Indiana Southeast, 69-63
- Tuesday - Spring Arbor (Mich.) def. No. 20 Taylor (Ind.), 53-48
- Tuesday - Marian (Ind.) def. No. 25 Grace (Ind.), 61-59
- Wednesday - Warner (Fla.) def. No. 12 St. Thomas (Fla.), 83-79
- Wednesday - Midland (Neb.) def. No. 18 Doane (Neb.), 68-67
- Wednesday - Jamestown (N.D.) def. No. 19 Valley City State (N.D.), 66-65
For the Record
- One team in men's and women's NAIA Basketball is still undefeated. No. 1-ranked Columbia (Mo.) is 25-0 (through games played Feb. 7) and set a program record with its 21st-straight victory Jan. 24 against Harris Stowe-State (Mo.). The Cougars have five more regular-season games, first at home versus Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) Feb. 12. Of the remaining five opponents, none have a winning record and those teams have a combined 31 percent winning clip.
- Since 2008 -- 09, Columbia holds the second-longest undefeated streak to open up the season. 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. Behind that group is the 16-straight streak held by LSU Shreveport (La.) to begin 2010 - 11. Rogers State (Okla.) went 13-0 to begin 2008 - 09 before its first loss.
- Behind Columbia's active win streak (25-straight), next in line is No. 9 Emmanuel (Ga.) at 15-straight wins. The Lions have not lost since Nov. 20, 2012. Next in line is No. 13 Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) (13-straight) and No. 8 Cal State San Marcos (12-straight).
- Columbia owns the most wins in Division I with 25. Emmanuel and Lee (Tenn.) are next with 23 victories.
- There are 16 programs with 20-plus wins.
- Besides Columbia, Lee (Tenn.) is the only program with one loss-or-fewer (23-1).
- The Southern States Athletic Conference holds the most teams with at least 20 wins with three: Emmanuel (23), Lee (23) and Faulkner (Ala.) (22).
- The Frontier Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each list a pair of teams with 20-plus wins.
- In the coaching ranks, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) head coach Larry Chapman notched his 700th-career victory on Jan. 26 with a 62-55 win over No. 8 William Carey (Miss.). He became the fifth active coach in 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 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.
- Starting their program in 1902 - 03, the Tigers of Georgetown (Ky.) are the all-time leader in NAIA men's basketball with 1,715 wins (through games on Feb. 7). Georgetown is 18-5 on the season.
- Despite the 147-138 loss to Francis Marion (S.C.) on Nov. 19, 2012, Morris (S.C.) holds the single-game high for points. The Hornets shot 56-of-96 from the field and scored 19 points from the foul line.
- Five individuals have posted a triple-double in the Division I ranks this season: Brandon Davis of LSU Shreveport (La.), David Rawlinson of West Virginia Tech, Travis Wilkins of St. Catharine (Ky.), Jordan Butts of Belhaven (Miss.) and Andrew Wilson of Bluefield (Ky.).
- With 53 points, Rodney Milum of LSU Shreveport (La.) is the single-game leader with his effort against Paul Quinn (Texas) on Nov. 13, 2012. He went 16-for-25 overall with nine triples. There are three other players to reach at least the 40-point mark this year.
- Deon Boyce of UVa-Wise (Va.) has hit the best rebounding mark in the NAIA on three occasions, with 24 against Bluefield (Va.) on Jan. 3, 24 against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Jan. 10 and the mark against Bluefield in the second meeting Feb. 2. Overall, there have been 11 instances where a player grabbed 21-or-more caroms.
- Travis Lampley of St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) dished out 16 assists for the single-game high against Southwest (N.M.). There have been nine contests where a player reached 15-or-more assists.
- On Dec. 8 against West Virginia Tech, Andrew Wilson of Bluefield (Va.) posted 12 steals to put in No. 1 on the single-game list this year. No other player has recorded nine-plus.
- Travis Wilkins of St. Catharine (Ky.) and Jamal Doss of William Carey (Miss.) swatted a NAIA single-game best of 10 shots this year.
- No teams in the division are undefeated. William Penn (Iowa) was the last team to lose game No. 1 on the season, Dec. 7, 2012. The Statesmen were 15-0 before their first loss.
- At 26-1 overall, Eastern Oregon has the most victories (through games played Feb. 7).
- The Eastern Oregon and William Penn (25-1) programs have just one blemish to their record.
- Overall, 19 teams have won at least 20 contests thus far. Since Jan. 31, nine teams have reached the 20-win threshold.
- Conversely, one program is still searching for its first victory on the season - AIB (Iowa) (0-27). On Feb. 2, St. Andrews (N.C.) picked up its first win over Reinhardt (Ga.), 88-82.
- The Great Plains Athletic Conference leads all conferences and independents with three teams above 20 wins.
- Rochester (Mich.) now stands with the longest active win streak at 11-consecutive games. The last loss occurred on Nov. 14, 2012. Indiana Southeast had held the streak with 13-straight victories, but the Grenadiers fell 69-63 against unranked Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) Tuesday.
- Nebraska Wesleyan, currently 11-12 on the season (through Feb. 7), and leads all Division II programs in all-time wins with 1,368. The Prairie Wolves started their men's basketball program in 1905 - 06.
- Three individuals have posted a triple-double in the Division II ranks this season: Canon Fields of Kansas Wesleyan (two times), Tyree York of Roosevelt (Ill.) and John Lamb of Dakota State (S.D.).
- Ottawa (Kan.) coach Andy Carrier is close to 300 career wins. He currently stands 295-371 (through Feb. 7) and looks to become the 17th active head coach in NAIA Division II with 300-or-more wins.
- With the 140-53 win over Central Christian on Nov. 24, William Penn (Iowa) set the single-game high in points scored and scoring margin (+87). They went 26-for-48 from three-point range, with the 3-pointer made statistic one away from the national record. The scoring outburst is 19 points shy of the all-time Division II record of 159 set in 1994.
- Thaddeus Varmall of York (Neb.) holds the single-game high with a 49-point effort against Central Baptist (Ark.) on Jan. 5. He made 20-of-31 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds. There have been eight occurrences of players reaching 40-or-more points this year.
- With 24 total rebounds, including 17 on the defensive end, Terry Muse of Alice Lloyd (Ky.) owns the highwater rebounding mark. He did this against Crown (Minn.) on Nov. 17, 2012. Five other players have grabbed at least 20-boards in a game this year.
- Roosevelt Green of Saint Xavier (Ill.) and E'Jay Ward of Tennessee Wesleyan are the single-game leaders in assists (16) in a single-game.
- Brad Norman of Rochester (Mich.) and Brandon Eley of AIB (Iowa) hold the national single-game high with 10 steals.
- With nine blocks, Tyler Rogers is the leader in the single-game blocks category. He accomplished the feat vs. Kentucky Christian Nov. 6 and against Berea (Ky.) Jan. 8.
- Scoring per Game - Anthony Dorsey, Truett-McConnell (Ga.), 26.96
- Field Goal Percentage - Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.), 0.697
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Jacob Champoux, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), .623
- Free Throw Percentage - Alvin Nance, Philander Smith (Ark.), 0.962
- Rebounds per Game - Demetrius Smith, Huston-Tillotson (Texas), 11.4
- Blocks per Game - Jamal Doss, William Carey (Miss.), 3.85
- Assists per Game - Travis Lampley, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas), 9.78
- Double-Doubles - Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.) and Demetrius Smith (Huston-Tillotson (Texas), 14
- Scoring Offense per Game - LSU Shreveport (La.), 92.57
- Scoring Defense per Game - Columbia (Mo.), 54.88
- Field Goal Percentage Offense - MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), .530
- Field Goal Percentage Defense - Columbia (Mo.), .365
- Free Throw Percentage - Philander Smith, (Ark.), 0.770
- Rebounds per Game - Bethel (Tenn.), 46.20
- Turnover Margin - Westminster (Utah), +8.44
- Scoring per Game - Rashad James, Northwood (Fla.), 24.33
- Field Goal Percentage - Michael Greene, Northwest (Wash.), .671
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Chad Underwood, Mount Mercy (Iowa), .495
- Free Throw Percentage - Matt Chattin, Ave Maria (Fla.), .883
- Rebounds per Game - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 10.81
- Blocks per Game - Eoghann Stephens, Madonna (Mich.), 3.07
- Assists per Game - Tyrone Davis, Northwood (Fla.), 8.36
- Double-Doubles - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 17
- Scoring Offense per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 97.12
- Scoring Defense per Game - Lourdes (Ohio), 49.62
- Field Goal Percentage Offense - Hastings (Neb.), 0.509
- Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lourdes (Ohio), 0.361
- Free Throw Percentage - Cornerstone (Mich.), .742
- Rebounds per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 48.23
- Turnover Margin - Marian (Ind.), +6.80
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Feb. 8, 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 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.
Tickets are on sale via www.NAIAHoops.com or by visiting the Municipal Auditorium Box Office in downtown Kansas City. For more information, call 816-595-8141.
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.
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Records
NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship Records
|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|