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Top 25 Ranking
 1 Georgetown, KY 28-4 
 2 LSU-Alexandria 28-3 
 3 Benedictine, KS 30-3 
 4 Tougaloo 28-4 
 5 Masters 25-5 
 6 Stillman 28-6 
 7 Lewis-Clark St. 27-6 
 8 Wayland Baptist 24-7 
 9 Missouri Baptist 27-4 
 10 Vanguard 25-6 
 11 Carroll, MT 25-7 
 12 Wiley 23-6 
 13 Pikeville 23-8 
 14 William Carey 22-9 
 15 John Brown 23-10 
 16 William Jessup 23-10 
 17 LSU-Shreveport 22-10 
 18 Bethel, TN 24-8 
 19 Peru St. 23-10 
 20 Talladega 24-7 
 21 Cumberlands 21-9 
 22 St.Thomas, TX 23-10 
 23 William Penn 21-11 
 24 Loyola, LA 22-11 
 25 Oklahoma City 21-10 
Full Standings
Top 25 Ranking
 1 Ind.Wesleyan 28-5 
 2 Okla.Wesleyan 29-3 
 3 W.Virginia Tech 30-4 
 4 Morningside 27-3 
 5 Idaho Coll. 25-7 
 6 Southwestern, KS 27-5 
 7 Spring Arbor 25-7 
 8 Oregon Tech 22-8 
 9 Union, KY 26-7 
 10 Jamestown 28-5 
 11 Marian, IN 22-7 
 12 Cornerstone 25-7 
 13 Mt.Vernon Naz. 26-7 
 14 IU East 23-8 
 15 Olivet Nazarene 22-8 
 16 Dakota Wesleyan 22-9 
 17 Warner 20-12 
 18 Montreat 20-7 
 19 Briar Cliff 20-7 
 20 Bethel, IN 20-10 
 21 Madonna 23-8 
 22 IU Kokomo 24-8 
 23 Friends 21-9 
 24 Southeastern 17-12 
 25 Voorhees 21-5 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Cameron HUNT
  Avg: 32
 1. C.Hunt Southwes32.0 
 2. J.Martin Multnomah31.7 
 3. J.Murdock Friends27.4 
 4. N.Reed Olivet N27.1 
 5. T.Hoglund Dakota W26.7 
 6. E.Davidson Coll.of25.3 
 7. K.Mangas Ind.Wesl23.5 
 8. J.Wolfe Briar C23.2 
 9. J.Johnson IU South22.7 
 10. T.Searles Lawrence22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 16.3
 1. B.Walsman Cincin.C16.3 
 2. S.Vander-Sluis Cornerst16.0 
 3. J.Garrett LSU-Shr13.7 
 4. A.Levarity Milligan12.3 
 5. T.Handy Tougaloo11.6 
 6. E.Boone WVU T11.2 
 7. H.Ford Northwest11.1 
 8. C.Coffey Georgeto11.0 
 9. Christian Dr., Antelope10.4 
 10. J.Scott Bethel, KS10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamichael BROWN
  Avg: 7.2
 1. J.Brown LSU-Ale7.2 
 2. A.Edwards William6.9 
 3. M.Fink Oregon Tech6.9 
 4. C.Hunt Southwes6.8 
 5. P.Marandet Spring A6.7 
 6. A.Strong Mt.Mercy6.4 
 7. E.Cowherd Georgeto6.2 
 8. F.Benzon Cardinal6.0 
 9. R.Bates Ave Maria5.8 
 10. T.Crews Bethel, IN5.6 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3.1
 1. A.Brooks Voorhees3.1 
 2. A.Tyner NW Chris3.0 
 3. V.Jackson Allen2.7 
 4. K.Flippin Doane2.6 
 5. N.Harden Dakota W2.6 
 6. T.Pinckney Idaho C2.6 
 7. M.Burns Loyola, LA2.5 
 8. C.Davis Truett-M2.5 
 9. J.McKay IU E2.4 
 10. T.Tyler Lincoln CC2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dakota QUINN
  Avg: 5.2
 1. D.Quinn MNU5.2 
 2. E.Onu Shawnee St.3.1 
 3. S.Zavydovskyy Multn2.7 
 4. D.Hampton IU Ko2.6 
 5. S.Vander-Sluis Cornerst2.6 
 6. L.Hexom Peru St.2.4 
 7. A.Thomas IU East2.3 
 8. R.Kissoonlal Maria2.3 
 9. J.Robertson Cincin.C2.2 
 10. T.Hueitt Hannibal2.2 

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NAIA tourney format up for debate - Apr 18, 2018

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A major shift in NAIA basketball is now official. On Monday, the NAIA approved the move to one division in both men's and women's basketball, effective for the 2020-21 academic year. This decision was voted on by the Council of Presidents (COP) at the NAIA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The merger calls for each program to offer eight scholarships. NAIA Division I can currently offer 11 scholarships, while Division II has six scholarships. Currently, basketball is the only sport with two divisions in the NAIA. Now that the merger is official, the format of the NAIA basketball tournament is the biggest talking point. Currently, there are 32-team tournaments in both divisions and for men's and women's basketball. In recent months, a Divisions in Basketball Task Force Committee drew up four different formats for the national tournament:
32-team final site: Option A: 64 teams, 32 opening round games
32-team final site: Option B: 48 teams, 16 byes to final site and 16 opening round games.
16-team final site: Option A: 64 teams, 16 opening sites and 4 teams each.
8-team final site: Option A: 64 teams, 8 opening sites and 8 teams each.

"There's just a lot of unknowns right now," Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Director Jon Hart said. "We will make whatever adjustments we need to and try to remain as competitive as we can and hold our tradition." The details on host sites and tournament format will be determined at a later date. Midland University men's basketball coach Oliver Drake said coming up with the appropriate format is the next step. Drake sits on the 10-person taskforce committee. "Let's really try to be on the front end of it and try to make the format of the national tournament-which I think would be best for our association as a whole-let's just try to move forward with it and do the best we can to set it up where we don't skip a beat because I think NAIA basketball is outstanding," Drake said. "It's something we don't really want to mess with." Drake has been adamant about having 64 teams qualify for the national tournament and a 32-team final site event. "I think one of the things that we really fought for-me personally-on the task force, is to maintain 64 teams," Drake said. "When it's been two divisions, 32 teams have gone-32 in Division II and 32 have gone in Division I." He's received similar feedback when talking to coaches and other NAIA officials. "We want to see 64 teams in the tournament and we want to see 32 at the final site, however, that format gets to those final two points, I think our coaches as a whole would accept," Drake said. DWU men's basketball coach Matt Wilber has guided the Tigers to four straight national tournaments-three in Branson, Missouri and last March in Sioux Falls. Wilber has enjoyed the 32-team final site tournament. "It gives it a tournament feel and it doesn't reduce the student-athlete experience," Wilber said. "It's not taking away opportunities and you start talking, 'Hey we go to an eight-team end site, an Elite Eight or a Sweet 16 end site.' That's reducing student-athlete participation experience for what our kids are getting."
On the women's side, DWU women's basketball coach Jason Christensen said the Great Plains Athletic Conference and other strong leagues in the Midwest would lose their representation at the national tournament in certain scenarios. "I just don't like it because I don't think you are going to get your best teams in the national tournament," Christensen said. "That was definitely one of my concerns. They are still trying to look at ways of doing it the right way. I don't think they've got that part figured out yet. I just don't think it's a good thing." Currently, the NAIA Division I men's tournament is in Kansas City, Missouri, and has been since 2002. The Division I women's tourney is in Billings, Montana. Also, the Division II men's tournament was in Sioux Falls this past season after moving from Branson, Missouri. The Division II women's tournament has been in Sioux City, Iowa, since 1998. GPAC Commissioner and NAIA Division II women's tourney director Corey Westra feels strongly Sioux City would be in the running to host the women's tourney once the merger goes into effect. "I think our centrality of Sioux City certainly helps our cause and it's gone well for us, too," Westra said. "We've done it well and have a good reputation. I am not real worried about that part of it, to be honest. I have been very confident in what we've done with the tournament. I do feel that we will be the host-one way or the other." Westra added Kansas City would be the leading contender to host the men's tournament. Currently, there are 94 Division I men's and women's basketball teams. On the Division II side, there are 136 men's teams and 134 women's teams. In NAIA Division I, 34 percent of the women's and men's teams are going to the postseason. In Division II, 23.9 percent of men's teams go to the postseason and 23.5 percent of the women's teams go to the postseason. "It's a big decision for the NAIA," Westra said. "But I think as with all our decisions, we look at the data and at some point you have to decide what's best for the organization and hopefully these decisions are made with the thought of what's best for your future."
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Benedictine University Men's Basketball to Host Annual Camp - 11 days ago
The Benedictine University men's basketball team will hold their annual summer basketball camp in the Rice Center from June 11-14 with the goal of creating an entertaining environment for learning the game of basketball. The camp focuses on excellent instruction in the fundamentals of offensive and defensive basketball and is run by head coach Keith Bunkenburg, the winningest coach in program history and the 2015-16 NCAA Division III Coach of the Year   [read more]

All-NAIA D1 Awards 2019 - 19 days ago

Player of the Year: Jeff Garrett (6'7''-F-94) of LSU-Shreveport;
1st Team:
F: Pablo Hernandez (6'7''-F-97) of Missouri Baptist;
F: Match Burnham (6'8''-F) of Carroll, MT;
F: Keith Phillips (6'5''-F) of William Jessup;
F: Tonzell Handy (6'5''-F) of Tougaloo;
F: Lyle Hexom (6'8''-F) of Peru St.;
G/F: Jayvian Delacruz (6'5''-G/F) of Pikeville;
F: Jeff Garrett (6'7''-F-94) of LSU-Shreveport;
G: JJ Culver (6'4''-G) of Wayland Baptist;
F/C: William Claiborne  
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Ryan Moody
NABC All-NAIA Awards 2019 - 21 days ago
Player of the Year: Jeff Garrett (6'7''-F-94) of LSU Shreveport Division I Team Pablo Hernandez (6'7''-F-97) of Missouri Baptist Match Burnham (6'8''-F) of Carroll Keith Phillips (6'5''-F) of William Jessup Tonzell Handy (6'5''-F) of Tougaloo Lyle Hexom (6'8''-F) of Peru State Jayvian Delacruz (6'5''-G/F) of Pikeville Jeff Garrett of LSU Shreveport JJ Culver (6'4''-G) of Wayland Baptist William Claiborne (6'11''-F/C) of LSU Alexandria Prince McDaniel (6'6''-G) of Stillman Division II Te...   [read more]

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