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DI Conference Tournament Watch

DI Conference Tournament Watch

By naiahoopsreport_admin February 18, 2020 0 Comments

The NAIA DI Conferences still have two weeks left of games, but there are already some big story lines starting to form. With some big games scheduled between now and Conference Tournaments, these league races will all be fun to watch!

American Midwest Conference

  • 8 Teams Qualify for AMC Tournament
    • Central Baptist continues to lead the ever intriguing America Midwest Conference. With 4 games left, the Top 4 in the league are separated by just 1.5 games. Central Baptist, Park, and Columbia have all secured spots in the AMC Tournament. William Woods, Missouri Baptist, and Williams Baptist are all vying for the last 2 spots.
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. Central Baptist (14-4) vs. 8. William Woods (9-10)
      • 2. Park 11-4 vs. 7. Missouri Baptist (9-9)
      • 3. Freed Hardeman 11-5 vs. 6. Harris-Stowe St.(11-7)
      • 4. Columbia (13-6) vs. 5. Lyon (11-7)

Frontier Conference

  • 7 Teams Qualify for Frontier Tournament
    • Lewis-Clark St. picked up two more wins this past week, and continue to roll. They are just one win away from clinching the Frontier Conference Regular Season Championship! The main shift from last week was the flipping of the 4 and 5 seeds. As teams are playing each other for the 3rd time now in conference play, things can get a little wacky in the Frontier.
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. Lewis-Clark St. (13-1) BYE
      • 2. Carroll (10-4) vs. 7. Rocky Mountain (1-13
      • 3. Providence (9-5) vs. 6. Montana Western (4-10)
      • 4. MSU-Northern (6-8 vs. 5. Montana Tech (6-8)

Golden State Athletic Conference

  • 6 Teams Qualify for GSAC Tournament
    • Westmont has now won 8 straight since losing at home to The Master’s back in Mid-January. They will get their rematch on Saturday, to try and avenge their last loss. The Master’s haven’t looked right lately, as they have now lost 4 of their last 7 contests, all at home. While Master’s stock has been plummeting, Arizona Christian and Menlo are keeping pace with each other for the 2 seed. While Vanguard sits a game up for the last spot in the tournament, Hope International is hoping to win on Saturday, to set up a BIG matchup next week between the two, that may result in the winner making the playoffs, and the loser seeing their season end!
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. Westmont (14-1) BYE
      • 2. Menlo (10-4)BYE
      • 3. Arizona Christian (10-4) vs. 6. Vanguard (6-8)
      • 4. The Master’s (10-5) vs. 5. William Jessup (8-6)

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

  • 8 Teams Qualify for the GCAC Tournament
    • Tougaloo took their first conference loss last night at the hands of Dillard. Prior to that they had been really rolling. They remain in 1st place with the tie breaker over Xavier, but the two still play each other one more time, and that game should decide the conference championship. The rest of the conference remains in a heated battle. The Talladega loss last night to Philander Smith, means that they are now 1 game up on Dillard and Edward Waters.
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. Tougaloo (10-1) vs. 8. Rust (0-10)
      • 2. Xavier (9-1) vs. 7. SUNO (2-10)
      • 3. Talladega (7-4) vs. 6. Philander Smith (3-7)
      • 4. Dillard (6-5) vs. 5. Edward Waters (6-5)

Heart of America

  • 8 Teams Qualify for The Heart Tournament
    • William Penn continues to hold their lead over a good Clarke team. Clarke got a big 2OT win against Benedictine last Saturday to keep them within striking distance with just 2 weeks left. Benedictine and Peru St will have a big matchup on Wednesday, as the winner will be sitting in good position to get a 3 seed in the Heart Tournament. Central Methodist is still lingering and waiting to pounce on that 8 seed if they can. A lot still up for grabs in the Heart!
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. William Penn (16-3) vs. 8. Evangel (10-10)
      • 2. Clarke (16-5) vs. 7. Baker (11-9)
      • 3. Benedictine (13-7) vs. 6. Missouri Valley (12-9)
      • 4. Peru St. (13-7) vs. 5. MidAmerica Nazarene (11-8)

Mid-South Conference

  • 9 Teams Qualify for the Mid-South Tournament
    • The Mid-South is always tough, but new member Thomas More is the talk of the town, as they have started to find their way with BIG win after BIG win. Barring some major set backs, they are a team we will see in Kansas City. The interesting one of the group is Pikeville. They won 3 of last 4 after somehow staying in the RV category of the Top 25. Conference raters tend to honor tradition when they are half way across the country, and all of their attention is on winning their own leagues. Pikeville could find themselves back inside the Top 25 tomorrow.
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. Georgetown (11-1) vs. 8/9 Winner.
      • 2. Cumberlands (KY) (9-3) vs. 7. Pikeville (6-7)
      • 3. Thomas More (7-5) vs. 6. Cumberlands (6-8)
      • 4. Shawnee St. (8-6) vs. 5. Lindsey Wilson (6-7)
      • 8. Cumberland (TN) (4-9) vs. 9. Life (1-12)

Red River Athletic Conference

  • 6 Teams Qualify for Red River Conference Tournament
    • LSU-Alexandria is just 1 win away from their 6th straight RRAC Title. LSU-Shreveport can help themselves though on Saturday when they host LSU-A. Southwest has found themselves a little bit of breathing room for 3rd place. The battle for the 6th and final seed is heating up as Texas College, and Texarkana are both tied at 5-9. The two will meet on the 29th where the season may be on the line.
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. LSU-Alexandria (15-0) BYE
      • 2. LSU-Shreveport (13-2) BYE
      • 3. Southwest (9-5) vs. 6. Texarkana (5-9)
      • 4. Huston-Tillotson (7-8) vs. 5. Wiley (6-8)

Sooner Athletic Conference

  • 8 Teams Qualify for SAC Tournament
    • Barring a major misstep, Mid-America Christian is sitting a prime position to win the SAC Regular Season Championship. They have taken care of business all year, and got another couple nice wins last week. The Top 5 teams in the conference remain as strong holds to stay in the Top 5. The mess in this leage occurs in the 6-9 positions, where the teams are all separated by just 1 game.
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. Mid-America Christian (15-1) vs. 8. Oklahoma City (6-10)
      • 2. John Brown (14-2) vs. 7. Southwestern Christian (6-10)
      • 3. SAGU (12-4 vs. 6. Science and Arts (OK) (6-10)
      • 4. Texas Wesleyan (11-5) vs. 5. Wayland Baptist (9-7)

Southern States Athletic Conference

  • 10 Teams Qualify for SSAC Tournament
    • With Dalton State losing at home to Martin Methodist, Faulkner was able to seize control of 1st place in the SSAC. They two do play each other next week, but have to survive this week first. There is currently a 4 way tie for 5th place, with some crazy tie breaking scenarios playing out. The 10th and final seed in the SSAC could come down to last regular season game of the year when Florida College hosts Mobile.
    • Current Matchups:
      • 1. Faulkner (13-1) vs. 8/9 winner
      • 2. Dalton St. (12-2) vs. 7.10 winner
      • 3. Loyola (9-5) vs. 6. Bethel (TN) (7-7)
      • 4. William Carey (8-6) vs. 5. Stillman (7-7)
      • 7. Middle Georgia St. (7-7) vs. 10. Mobile (4-10)
      • 8. Martin Methodist (7-7) vs. 9. Blue Mountain (5-9)

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