NAIA Game of the Week
Division I Men's Basketball
No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist (23-6, 11-4 SAC) at No. 3 John Brown (Ark.) (25-4, 14-1 SAC)
Saturday, Feb. 23 | 5:00 p.m. CST | Bill George Arena | Siloam Springs, Ark.
• Revenge will be on the mind for Oklahoma Baptist as the ninth-ranked Bison travel to No. 3 John Brown (Ark.) Saturday in the NAIA Game of the Week. In the final regular-season matchup in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), Oklahoma Baptist looks to avenge a 75-70 loss to the Golden Eagles on Jan. 17.
• Saturday's game marks the second edition of the NAIA Game of the Week for these two programs. On Jan. 17, No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist hosted then-No. 10 John Brown.
• In that contest, John Brown dealt the Bison their first home loss in 34 games. Freshman Kofi Josephs netted a career-high 21 points in the 75-70 win. John Brown held Oklahoma Baptist to 38.7 percent shooting and also nailed 10-of-23 shots from 3-point range.
• In the all-time series, the Bison own a 37-16 record.
• On its home court, John Brown stands 14-1 this season. Oklahoma Baptist is 7-2 in true road games this year.
• After a 84-78 double overtime win over Lubbock Christian (Texas) Feb. 16, John Brown captured its first-ever SAC regular-season championship. The Golden Eagles will enter the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. Oklahoma Baptist has secured the No. 2 seed, with the event beginning Feb. 27.
• John Brown is coming off an 89-80 victory, its seventh in-a-row, against Mid-America Christian (Okla.) Thursday. The 25 season wins sets a new school record for the Golden Eagles.
• Last time out, the Bison won their third-straight game with a 77-72 defeat of Oklahoma City Thursday.
• Coleson Rakestraw leads John Brown in scoring (11.6) and has hit a team-leading 65 long-range bombs. Max Hopfgartner (10.7 ppg) and Kofi Josephs (10.6 ppg) are the other double-digit scorers. Hopfgartner grabs a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.
• John Brown lives off the 3-pointer, evidenced by 10.1 makes per game, which is third in the NAIA. The Golden Eagles, who shoot treys at a .393 percent clip, has made 10-or-more in 20 of 27 games this season. They hit a season-high 14-of-23 attempts against Ecclesia (Ark.) on Nov. 6.
• Chase Adams is the top scorer for Oklahoma Baptist at 14.8 points. He has reached double-digits in nine of the past 10 games. Marques Anderson is the top rebounder at 7.6 boards per contest.
• Oklahoma Baptist ranks second in the NAIA in scoring defense (59.7 papg) and 10th in field goal percentage defense (.389). The Bison have limited four of their last six opponents to fewer than 60 points.
Some information courtesy of John Brown and Oklahoma Baptist Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• Thursday - No. 24 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) def. No. 15 Bethel (Tenn.), 76-70
• Friday - No. 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at No. 22 Montana Western
• Saturday - No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist at No. 3 John Brown (Ark.)
• Saturday - No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
• Saturday - No. 25 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) at No. 20 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Upsets This Week in the Top 25
• Tuesday - Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 8 Westmont (Calif.), 93-61
• Tuesday - San Diego Christian (Calif.) def. No. 18 Hope International (Calif.), 62-47
• Thursday - Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 6 Cal State Sam Marcos, 85-78
• Thursday - Rocky Mountain (Mont.) def. No. 13 Montana State-Northern, 65-58
• Wednesday - Huntington (Ind.) def. No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan, 81-69
• Wednesday - Warner (Fla.) def. No. 16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 79-77
• Wednesday - Marian (Ind.) def. No. 17 Grace (Ind.), 62-54
• Wednesday - Ave Maria (Fla.) def. No. 22 St. Thomas (Fla.), 72-71
• Wednesday - Midland (Neb.) def. No. 24 Hastings (Neb.), 84-60
For complete results from Division II men's basketball conference tournament, click here
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 29-0 (through games played Feb. 21) and set a program record with its 21st-straight victory Jan. 24 against Harris Stowe-State (Mo.). The Cougars, who have clinched the American Mideast Conference regular-season title, have one more regular-season game remaining. Saturday, Columbia hits the road to face William Woods (Mo.).
• 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 (31-0 in the regular season) before falling to Mountain State (W.Va.) in the semifinals of the 2008 National Championship.
• Behind Columbia's active win streak (29-straight), Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) is next with 16-consecutive victories. The Lions have not lost since Dec. 13, 2012 against LSU-Shreveport (La.).
• Columbia owns the most wins in Division I with 29. Lee (Tenn.) is next with 27 victories.
• There are 29 programs with 20-plus wins.
• Besides Columbia, Lee (Tenn.) is the only program with one loss-or-fewer (27-1).
• 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 1,718 wins (through games on Feb. 21). Georgetown is 21-6 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.
• David Rawlinson of West Virginia Tech dished out 21 assists for the single-game high against NCAA Division II Central State (Ohio). There have been ten 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 in high gear around Division II. The first conference champions will be crowned Saturday with title games in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Click here, for your one-stop shop for all of the conference championships and more information.
• Feb. 26 is the final day of conference tournaments as 20 automatic berths to the NAIA National Championship will be determined by that date.
• 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 28-1 overall, William Penn has the best win percentage (.966) and tied with Northwood (Fla.), Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and Eastern Oregon with the most victories (through games played Feb. 21).
• Overall, 38 teams have won at least 20 contests thus far. Since Feb. 14, eight teams have reached the 20-win threshold.
• There are no winless programs after AIB (Iowa) defeated St. Ambrose (Iowa), Feb. 16. The Eagles were 0-29 prior to the victory.
• Tennessee Wesleyan and Saint Xavier (Ill.) lead Division II with a 16-game winning streak. The Bulldogs have not lost since Jan. 2 against NAIA Division I Voorhees (S.C.), 83-65. Saint Xavier last lost in 2012, 73-70 versus Westminster (Utah) on Dec. 28. Behind that streak is the 15-gamer achieved by Rochester (Mich.).
• Nebraska Wesleyan, currently 13-12 on the season (through Feb. 21), 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 296-373 (through Feb. 21) 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 12 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.), Devin Harris of Oklahoma Wesleyan 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.), 26.41
• Field Goal Percentage - Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.), 0.717
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Jacob Champoux, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), .571
• Free Throw Percentage - Alvin Nance, Philander Smith (Ark.), 0.950
• Rebounds per Game - Demetrius Smith, Huston-Tillotson (Texas), 11.19
• Blocks per Game - Jamal Doss, William Carey (Miss.), 3.70
• Assists per Game - Travis Lampley, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas), 9.39
• Steals per Game - Dominque Rambo, SAGU (Texas), 3.70
• Double-Doubles - Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.), 16
• Scoring Offense per Game - LSU Shreveport (La.), 94.00
• Scoring Defense per Game - Columbia (Mo.), 55.45
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), .522
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Columbia (Mo.), .374
• Free Throw Percentage - Philander Smith, (Ark.), 0.775
• Rebounds per Game - Bethel (Tenn.), 45.68
• Turnover Margin - Westminster (Utah), +7.27
• Scoring per Game - Rashad James, Northwood (Fla.), 24.33
• Field Goal Percentage - Darren Moore, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), .670
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Jake Simpson, Indiana Southeast, .505
• Free Throw Percentage - Wes Hudson, Cornerstone (Mich.), .899
• Rebounds per Game - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 10.55
• Blocks per Game - Eoghann Stephens, Madonna (Mich.), 3.03
• Assists per Game - Tyrone Davis, Northwood (Fla.), 8.08
• Steals per Game - Kiel Lewis, Ave Maria (Fla.), 3.67
• Double-Doubles - Stephen Harris, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 20
• Scoring Offense per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 95.31
• Scoring Defense per Game - Lourdes (Ohio), 50.69
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Hastings (Neb.), 0.512
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Lourdes (Ohio), 0.366
• Free Throw Percentage - Spring Arbor (Mich.), .747
• Rebounds per Game - William Penn (Iowa), 47.79
• Turnover Margin - Marian (Ind.), +6.76
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Feb. 22, 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|