By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Game of the Week
Division II Men's Basketball
No. 21 Bethel (Ind.) (15-3, 6-0 CL) at No. 12 Grace (Ind.) (13-4, 5-1 CL)
Thursday | Winona Lake, Ind. | Orthopaedic Capital Center | 7 p.m. EST
Live Stats | Live Audio (courtesy of Grace College)
- Bethel and Grace clash for first place in the Crossroads League standings with a match-up on Thursday. The Pilots currently are in first place with a 6-0 league log, while Grace is one-game back at 5-1. No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan is also tied with the Lancers for the second spot.
- Grace is a perfect 8-0 at the Orthopaedic Capital Center this season. Overall, the Lancers have won 12-straight home contests dating back to February of 2012.
- Bethel is 7-2 on the road thus far in 2012 - 13. The Pilots have played four-of-their-last-five games away from Mishawaka.
- Grace owns a four-game winning streak over Bethel, including last year's thrilling 100-97, double overtime win at home. The average margin of victory in the last four Grace wins has been six points. Prior to the Lancers streak, Bethel won eight-consecutive games from March 19, 2007 through Jan. 23, 2010.
- The all-time series is remarkably tied after 118 games. Each team is 59-59 in the rivalry, which dates back to 1960.
- Bethel and Grace boast high-powered offenses with each squad ranked in the top 35 in the country in points per game.
- In the latest Top 25 Coaches' Poll announced on Tuesday, Bethel is ranked for the first time since the 2009 - 10 season. Grace holds 30-straight rankings dating back to start of 2010 - 11 season, that streak is the fourth-longest active streak.
- As a team, the Pilots rank third in the NAIA in 3-point field goal percentage (41.7 percent) with Zach Miller leading the team at 2.8 treys made per game. He also leads the club in scoring at 13.8 points per contest.
- The Lancers feature the Crossroads League leader in both rebounding (Greg Miller) and assists (Bruce Grimm Jr.). Miller currently is No. 3 nationally with 10.2 rebounds per game, and Grimm's 5.6 assists per game ranks 11th in the NAIA. Grimm is also tops on the club with over 18 points per game.
- The rematch this season is scheduled for Feb. 12 in Mishawaka, Ind. That contest is the second-to-final regular-season game.
Some information courtesy of Grace Sports Information Department
This Week Around the Top 25
Tuesday - No. 25 John Brown (Ark.) def No. 9 Science & Arts (Okla.), 68-58
Thursday - No. 1 Cumberlands (Ky.) at No. 5 Pikeville (Ky.)
Thursday - No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist at No. 19 Rogers State (Okla.)
Saturday - No. 9 Science & Arts (Okla.) at No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist
Saturday - No. 10 Montana State-Northern at No. 18 Westminster (Utah)
Saturday - No. 13 Evangel (Mo.) at No. 24 Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Saturday - No. 19 Rogers State (Okla.) at No. 25 John Brown (Ark.)
Thursday - No. 21 Bethel (Ind.) at No. 12 Grace (Ind.)
Saturday - No. 17 St. Thomas (Fla.) at No. 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Saturday - No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan at No. 21 Bethel (Ind.)
Saturday - No. 18 Indiana Tech at No. 8 Davenport (Mich.)
Saturday - No. 22 Northwest (Wash.) at No. 14 Southern Oregon
For the Record
- Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Columbia (Mo.) are the remaining undefeated teams. The Warriors sport an NAIA-high 18-0 record and Columbia stands at 16-0. The next game for Lewis-Clark State is on Saturday at Rocky Mountain (Mont.), while Columbia hosts Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) Thursday.
- Four teams have just one loss to their slate
- There are 10 programs with 15-or-more victories (through games played Jan. 9).
- Conversely, five teams own just one win on the season.
- No teams in the division are undefeated. Eastern Oregon has the most victories (through games played Jan. 9) with 19.
- Four programs have just one blemish to their record.
- Overall, 16 teams have won at least 15 contests thus far.
- Embry-Riddle (Fla.) did have the Division's longest active win streak at 14 games, up until a loss against Southeastern (Fla.), 68-66, on Wednesday.
- Conversely, two programs are searching for their first victory on the season.
Scoring Leader: Rodney Milum, LSU Shreveport (La.) - 27.8 ppg
Rebounding Leader: Demetrius Smith, Huston-Tillotson (Texas) - 10.5 rpg
Assists Leader: Travis Lampley, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) - 9.2 apg
Steals Leader: Marcel Towns, Great Falls (Mont.) - 3.9 spg
Blocks Leader: Jamal Doss, William Carey (Miss.) - 3.3 bpg
Scoring Leader: LaBris Adams, Montreat (N.C.) - 25.4 ppg
Rebounding Leader: Terry Muse, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) - 11.2 rpg
Assists Leader: Tyrone Davis, Northwood (Fla.) - 9.00 apg
Steals Leader: Kevin Hincapie, St. Thomas (Fla.) - 3.5 spg
Blocks Leader: Tyler Rogers, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) - 3.2 bpg
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.