NAIA League Breakdown: Sooner Athletic Conference
The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) is an 11 team NAIA DI league that features teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
|8 Wayland Baptist||19-3||24-8|
|15 John Brown||15-7||23-11|
|25 Oklahoma City||13-9||22-11|
|RV Mid-America Christian||12-10||21-13|
Another tough NAIA DI league with a lot of tradition. While Wayland Baptist ran away with the regular season title, Oklahoma City came away with the SAC tournament title. Five teams (Wayland Baptist, John Brown, USAO, Oklahoma City, MACU) all qualified for the NAIA DI National Tournament. USAO, MACU, and MACU all won first round games to qualify for the Sweet 16, while USAO made it to the NAIA National Quarterfinals before losing a close one to William Carey (MS) in overtime.
Top Players Returning
1st Team All-American and SAC Player of the Year
- School: Wayland Baptist
- Class SR
- Position G
- Hometown Lubbock, Texas
3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All-SAC
- School: USAO
- Class SR
- Position F
- Hometown Oklahoma City, OK
HM All-American, 2nd Team All-SAC, SAC Freshman of the YR
- School SAGU
- Class SO
- Position G
- Hometown Frisco, TX
Key Players Lost
2nd Team All-American
|Chris Williams||Oklahoma City|
|Jake Caudle||G||John Brown|
|Trevonta Robertson||G||Wayland Baptist|
|Chris Williams||G||Oklahoma City|
|Breiman Alexander||G||Panhandle State|
|Josh Bowling||F||John Brown|
Brandon Rollins takes over the Southwestern Christian men’s basketball program. Coach Rollins is no stranger to the Sooner Athletic Conference, as he was most recently the Associate Head Coach at MACU.
Mark Laird takes over at Panhandle State University. He is also no stranger to the Sooner Athletic Conference as he comes to OPSU from Southwestern Christian University. He has 14 years of experience across every level of college basketball.
Philip Stitt takes over at Langston University. With over 25 years of coaching experience, Coach Stitt comes to Langston from JUCO ranks where he was the head coach at Marion Military Institute in Alabama.
Stan Holt takes over at Oklahoma City University. Coach Holt comes over from Langston University where he led the Lions to a 107-50 record and 3 national tournament appearances in 5 years.