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NAIA League Breakdown: Sooner Athletic Conference

NAIA League Breakdown: Sooner Athletic Conference

By naiahoopsreport_admin September 17, 2019 0 Comments

The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) is an 11 team NAIA DI league that features teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

2018-2019 Standings
 8 Wayland Baptist 19-3 24-8
 15 John Brown 15-7 23-11
 RV USAO 14-8 22-11
 Langston 13-9 21-10
 25 Oklahoma City 13-9 22-11
 RV Mid-America Christian 12-10 21-13
 SAGU 12-10 19-12
 Panhandle State 10-12 16-14
 Texas Wesleyan 9-13 14-16
 Southwestern Christian 9-13 14-17
 Central Christian 6-16 12-17
 Bacone 0-22 2-25

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
J.J. Culver Photo

J.J. Culver

 School Logo
  • School: Wayland Baptist
  • Class SR
  • Position G
  • Hometown Lubbock, Texas

3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All-SAC
Dedrian Parmer Photo

Dedrian Parmer

  • School: USAO
  • Class SR
  • Position F
  • Hometown Oklahoma City, OK

HM All-American, 2nd Team All-SAC, SAC Freshman of the YR
Nykolas Mason Photo

Nykolos Mason

 School Logo
  • School SAGU
  • Class SO
  • Position G
  • Hometown Frisco, TX

Key Players Lost
2nd Team All-American
Chris Williams Oklahoma City
HM All-Americans
Jake Caudle G John Brown
Trevonta Robertson G Wayland Baptist
Chris Williams G Oklahoma City
Breiman Alexander G Panhandle State
Geno Artison F USAO
Josh Bowling F John Brown
Jorori Coleman F Langston

New Coaches

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.

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