The Daily Dive is your deep dive into the news and notes from around the NAIA Hoops World. Every day we will highlight some of the top headlines, conference updates, player accolades, coaching milestones and more. This used to be our Morning Bullet Points series. We went away from it this year, as others were doing similar things and we didn’t want to step on any toes. At the request of many, we have elected to bring it back for the second half of the season. Feel free to DM us on Twitter (@NAIAHoopsReport) or send an email to to recommend stories to be included into this segment.

Recap of Yesterday’s Games of the Day:

RV Xavier 73 vs 24 Dillard 69 (Full Recap)

What a game this was! In a big game with 2 All-Americans on the floor it was the 6’9 Freshman Corey Dunning of XULA who had the big game! Dunning led XULA with a 21pt, 10reb double-double to help XULA beat #24 Dillard. Setting up another big game with #17 Talladega today at NOON. A game you WON’T want to miss!

Clarke 77 @ 3 William Penn 100 (Full Recap)

In a game where the Statesmen didn’t play very well, they still got the win to win the regular season Heart of America title. It’s their 17th regular season or tournament title in the past 20 seasons. Since joining the heart 6 years ago, they have now won the regular season 5 times. Quite the feat! Player of the Year candidate Kevion Blaylock put the Statesmen on his back with a 24pt, 13reb double-double.

Southwestern 78 @ Avila 68 (Full Recap)

Really nice road KCAC win for Southwestern. Troy Baker led the Builders with a 21pt, 10reb double-double. The win moves Southwestern into 4th place in the KCAC. With 8 games remaining they need some help for a regular season crown, but the Builders are starting to play good basketball and could be a threat for the KCAC Tournament!

Other Scores:

GCAC Group Play at XULA
Edward Waters (Fla.)Philander Smith (Ark.)73-71 *Final 
Tougaloo (Miss.)Rust (Miss.)68-82 *Final 
Xavier (La.)Dillard (La.)73-69 *Final 
St. Mary (Kan.)Tabor (Kan.)79 – 72 *Final  
St. Thomas (Fla.)Coastal Georgia (Ga.)93 – 90 *Final  
Marian (Ind.)East-West University92 – 73Final  
Cumberland (Tenn.)Thomas More (Ky.)54 – 70 *Final  
Peru State (Neb.)Culver-Stockton (Mo.)65 – 67 *Final  
William Penn (Iowa)Clarke (Iowa)100 – 77 *Final  
Georgetown (Ky.)Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)72 – 51 *Final  
Life (Ga.)Martin Methodist (Tenn.)67 – 74 *Final  
Texas WesleyanScience & Arts (Okla.)96 – 90 *Final  
Mount Mercy (Iowa)Graceland (Iowa)92 – 81 *Final  
Southwestern Christian (Okla.)Central Christian (Kan.)72 – 57 *Final  
Baker (Kan.)Missouri Valley80 – 77 *Final  
UNT-DallasSouthwest (N.M.)7:00 PM   
Oklahoma WesleyanFriends (Kan.)89 – 84 *Final  
Spring Arbor (Mich.)Great Lakes Christian94 – 69Final  
Ottawa (Kan.)York (Neb.)63 – 75 *Final  
Avila (Mo.)Southwestern (Kan.)68 – 78 *Final  
Holy Cross (Ind.)Roosevelt (Ill.)80 – 59 *Final  
Bethel (Kan.)Sterling (Kan.)78 – 74 *Final  

Great Videos on the NAIA:

– First, a great video on the history of the NAIA Tournament:

– Another great video on part of the story behind Clarence Walker!

Shout Outs:

Congrats to all three of these players on their milestones! Always fun seeing all the new milestones hit every day!


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