By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Game of the Week
Division II Men's Basketball
No. 3 Eastern Oregon (26-2, 14-2 CCC) at No. 12 Warner Pacific (Ore.) (22-6, 13-3 CCC)
Friday, Feb. 15 | 7:30 p.m. PST | Bart Valentine Court | Portland, Ore.
Live Stats | Live Video (provided by Warner Pacific)
• In the final regular-season weekend in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC), No. 3 Eastern Oregon matches up with No. 12 Warner Pacific (Ore.) Friday with the league championship on the line. Both clubs wrap up conference play Saturday.
• With a 14-2 league record, Eastern Oregon holds a one-game lead over the Knights in the CCC standings. Eastern Oregon is searching for its first conference title since 2008 - 09 (shared with Oregon Tech), while the Knights last won it (shared with Oregon Tech) in 2006 - 07.
• Eastern Oregon leads the all-time series 27-24 overall, with the first meeting back in the 1971 - 72 season. In the last 10 meetings, the Mountaineers hold a 6-4 record.
• Warner Pacific has won the last three home contests with Eastern Oregon by an average margin of 13 points.
• The previous meeting on Dec. 1, 2012 saw Eastern Oregon escape its home court with a 61-59 victory. Kalvin Johansen's 3-point play was the difference-maker with 36 seconds remaining. Jason Mumm led all scorers with 24 points and chipped in eight rebounds.
• Prior to last weekend, Eastern Oregon was on a roll ranked No. 1 for the fifth-straight time until the Mountaineers ran into the Coyotes of College of Idaho Feb. 8. The Coyotes handed Eastern Oregon an 83-82 setback and halted a 12-game win streak.
• Warner Pacific has won four games in-a-row heading into Friday's contest. The Knights took down Corban (Ore.) Feb. 9 by an 80-68 score. That win, coupled with Eastern Oregon's loss to College of Idaho, brought Warner Pacific to within one game of the Mountaineers in the league standings.
• Eastern Oregon has gone 9-1 this year when playing games on the road. The Knights are 10-0 on Bart Valentine Court this year and have won 13-straight at home dating back to Feb. 10, 2012.
• Doug Thomas of Warner Pacific is the reigning CCC Player of the Week. He averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists during two road wins last week. On the year, he pours in 14.1 points per game and has drilled 62-out-of-151 attempts from behind the arc (.411). He is part of a club to rank eighth in the NAIA in total treys made (242) and 11th in makes per game (8.6).
• Stephen Harris leads the country in rebounding (10.6) and double-doubles (18). He also ranks first on the team in scoring (15.7) and steals (1.8). Besides Harris and Thomas, Ryan Parks (10.5) and Coletun Tarr (10.3) average double figures in scoring.
• The Knights have been ranked in all 10 polls this year, with a high mark of No. 6 on Jan. 22. Overall, they have held a Top 25 ranking in 22-straight weeks.
• With 26 wins, Eastern Oregon has seven more than all of last year. The overall victories ties the most since the program tallied 26 during the 2010 - 11 campaign.
• The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 2 in the NAIA in rebounding margin (+11.6) and third in rebounding average (44.6). Four players average at least 4.5 boards per contest, with Anthony Brown on top of the list at 7.4. JD Esters stands 12th in the nation and is No. 1 in the CCC in assists per game (5.3).
• Trent Roos collects 13.3 points per game to lead the Mountaineers. Brown is next with a 11.9 clip.
• Both teams will participate in the CCC tournament, which begins Feb. 20 at campus sites. The higher seeds host in the eight-team, single-elimination tournament.
Some information courtesy of Eastern Oregon and Warner Pacific Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• Thursday - No. 17 Pikeville (Ky.) def. No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 95-87
• Thursday - No. 7 Cal State San Marcos def. No. 6 Westmont (Calif.), 95-58
• Thursday - No. 19 William Carey (Miss.) def. No. 9 Faulkner (Ala.), 95-72
• Thursday - No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist def. No. 23 Mid-America Christian (Okla.), 92-59
• Saturday - No. 25 Arizona Christian at No. 6 Westmont (Calif.)
• Saturday - No. 23 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) at No. 11 Evangel (Mo.)
• Saturday - No. 18 Westminster (Utah) at No. 12 Montana State-Northern
• Tuesday - No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan def. No. 25 Taylor (Ind.), 52-49
• Friday - No. 3 Eastern Oregon at No. 12 Warner Pacific (Ore.)
• Saturday - No. 4 Northwood (Fla.) at No. 22 St. Thomas (Fla.)
• Saturday - No. 24 Doane (Neb.) at No. 13 Dordt (Iowa)
• Saturday - No. 14 Ave Maria (Fla.) at No. 16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
• Saturday - No. 15 York (Neb.) at No. 23 Bellevue (Neb.)
Upsets This Week in the Top 25
• Monday - Fisk (Tenn.) def. No. 14 Xavier (La.), 77-75
• Monday - Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) def. No. 20 LSU Shreveport (La.), 109-95
• Tuesday - Life (Ga.) def. No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.), 99-93
• Thursday - (RV) Montana Western def. No. 12 Montana State-Northern, 59-57
• Tuesday - (RV) Grace (Ind.) def. No. 18 Bethel (Ind.), 96-83
• Tuesday - Waldorf (Iowa) def. No. 23 Bellevue (Neb.), 71-65
• Wednesday - Florida Memorial def. No. 14 Ave Maria (Fla.), 76-69
• Wednesday - Webber International (Fla.) def. No. 16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 87-86
• Wednesday - Mayville State (N.D.) def. No. 20 Valley City State (N.D.), 56-55
• Wednesday - Nebraska Wesleyan def. No. 24 Doane (Neb.), 75-58
National Championship Selection Shows on www.NAIA.org
• For the first time, the NAIA is producing a selection show with graphics to be held on Feb. 27, at approximately 7:15 p.m. CST, to announce the 32-team bracket for the 22nd Annual Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship selection show will take place on March 6th with the 32-team bracket being announced at approximately 7:15 p.m. CST. For more information on the selection shows, click here.
For the Record
• One team in men's and women's NAIA Basketball is still undefeated. No. 1-ranked Columbia (Mo.) is 27-0 (through games played Feb. 14) and set a program record with its 21st-straight victory Jan. 24 against Harris Stowe-State (Mo.). The Cougars, who have clinched at least a share of the American Mideast Conference regular-season title, have three more regular-season games remaining. Saturday, Columbia hosts Lyon (Ark.) before a home game against Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) Feb. 21 and on the road at William Woods (Mo.) Feb. 23.
• Columbia is trying to become the first team since Georgetown (Ky.) in 2007 - 08 to rattle through the regular season with an undefeated record. The Tigers went 34-0 before falling to Mountain State (W.Va.) in the semifinals of the 2008 National Championship.
• Behind Columbia's active win streak (27-straight), Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) is next with 14-consecutive victories. The Lions have not lost since Dec. 13, 2012 against LSU-Shreveport (La.). After a win over No. 7 Westmont (Calif.) Thursday, Cal State San Marcos owns a 13-game win streak.
• Columbia owns the most wins in Division I with 27. Lee (Tenn.) is next with 25 victories.
• There are 23 programs with 20-plus wins.
• Besides Columbia, Lee (Tenn.) is the only program with one loss-or-fewer (25-1).
• The Southern States Athletic Conference holds the most teams with at least 20 wins with four: Emmanuel (24), Lee (25), Faulkner (Ala.) (23) and William Carey (Miss.) (21).
• The Frontier Conference and Heart of America Athletic Conference each list a trio 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 this year: on Jan. 3, Central Methodist (Mo.) 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 1,716 wins (through games on Feb. 14). Georgetown is 19-6 on the season.
• Despite the 147-138 loss to NCAA member 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. A second team, Southwest (N.M.), put up 138 points to tie the single-game scoring record with Morris. Southwest lost, 161-138, against Paul Quinn (Texas) Feb. 13.
• 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.) (twice), Jordan Butts of Belhaven (Miss.) and Andrew Wilson of Bluefield (Ky.).
• With 54 points, Jonathan Williams of Southwest (N.M.) is the single-game leader with his effort against Paul Quinn (Texas) on Feb.13. He connected on 23 field goals. There are eight 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 12 instances where a player grabbed 21-or-more caroms.
• Travis Lampley of St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) dished out 17 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.) swatted a NAIA single-game best of 11 shots, which occurred against Virginia-Wise on Feb. 7.
• Conference tournaments are right around the corner with the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference kicking it off on Feb. 18. Click here, for your one-stop shop for all of the conference championships and more information.
• 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 27-1 overall, William Penn has the most victories (through games played Feb. 14).
• The Northwood (Fla.) and Eastern Oregon (26-2) programs have just two blemishes to their record.
• Overall, 30 teams have won at least 20 contests thus far. Since Feb. 7, 11 teams have reached the 20-win threshold.
• Conversely, one program is still searching for its first victory on the season - AIB (Iowa) (0-29). The Eagles have one more shot to do so, with a road game at St. Ambrose (Iowa) Saturday.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Crossroads League, Great Plains Athletic Conference and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference lead all conferences and independents with four teams apiece above the 20-win threshold.
• Rochester (Mich.) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) lead Division with a 14-game win streak. Rochester has not tripped up since Nov. 14, 2012 against NCAA member Texas-Pan American. The last loss for the Cougars came on Dec. 28, 2012 against Westminster (Utah). William Penn (Iowa) is next with a 13-gamer.
• Nebraska Wesleyan, currently 13-12 on the season (through Feb. 14), and leads all Division II programs in all-time wins with 1,370. 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 296-372 (through Feb. 14) 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.
• Canon Fields of Kansas Wesleyan holds the single-game high with a 50-point effort against Bethany (Kan.) on Feb. 14. He made 18-of-28 shots from the field. There have been 10 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.), 26.23
• Field Goal Percentage - Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.), 0.709
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Jacob Champoux, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), .620
• Free Throw Percentage - Alvin Nance, Philander Smith (Ark.), 0.958
• Rebounds per Game - Demetrius Smith, Huston-Tillotson (Texas), 11.2
• Blocks per Game - Jamal Doss, William Carey (Miss.), 3.73
• Assists per Game - Travis Lampley, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas), 9.39
• Steals per Game - Dominque Rambo, SAGU (Texas), 3.50
• Double-Doubles - Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.) and Demetrius Smith (Huston-Tillotson (Texas), 15
• Scoring Offense per Game - LSU Shreveport (La.), 92.87
• Scoring Defense per Game - Columbia (Mo.), 54.04
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), .526
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Columbia (Mo.), .369
• Free Throw Percentage - Philander Smith, (Ark.), 0.777
• Rebounds per Game - Bethel (Tenn.), 46.44
• Turnover Margin - Westminster (Utah), +7.79
• Scoring per Game - Canon Fields, Kansas Wesleyan, 24.15
• Field Goal Percentage - Darren Moore, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), .678
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Chad Underwood, Mount Mercy (Iowa), .492
• Free Throw Percentage - Wes Hudson, Cornerstone (Mich.), .895
• Rebounds per Game - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 10.61
• Blocks per Game - Eoghann Stephens, Madonna (Mich.), 3.10
• Assists per Game - Tyrone Davis, Northwood (Fla.), 8.04
• Steals per Game - Kiel Lewis, Ave Maria (Fla.), 3.78
• Double-Doubles - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 18
• Scoring Offense per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 96.07
• Scoring Defense per Game - Lourdes (Ohio), 49.82
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Hastings (Neb.), 0.513
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lourdes (Ohio), 0.359
• Free Throw Percentage - Spring Arbor (Mich.), .743
• Rebounds per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 48.07
• Turnover Margin - Marian (Ind.), +6.67
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Feb. 15, 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|