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Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament – Championship Preview

Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament – Championship Preview

By naiahoopsreport_admin March 2, 2021 0 Comments

2021 Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Bracket

Quarterfinals

February 24th

No. 1 Southwestern Assemblies of God 84, No. 8 Panhandle
State 78

No. 4 Mid-America
Christian 70, No. 5 Texas Wesleyan 66 (OT)

No. 6 John Brown 66, No. 3 Wayland Baptist 55


No. 7 Southwestern
Christian 95 at No. 2 USAO 96

Semifinals

February 27th

No. 4 Mid-America Christian 94, No. 1 Southwestern Assemblies of God, 91

No. 2 USAO 88, No. 6 John Brown 83

Finals

March 2nd

 No. 4 Mid-America Christian vs. No. 2 USAO, 7pm CT Live Video

 

League Notes:

The top seed:  SAGU 
NAIA Locks:  SAGU, USAO, MACU
NAIA Bubble Teams:  Wayland Baptist, Texas Wesleyan
Best chances to win this tournament:  USAO, MACU
Possible sleeper:   John Brown – Eliminated

KEY PLAYERS:

 

Terrance Jones – MACU: 17.4ppg, 8.5rpg

– 21pts, 6rebs in QF win over Texas Wesleyan

– DNP in Semifinals 

Tony Dorsey – MACU: 12.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg

– 11pts, 6rebs in QF win over Texas Wesleyan

– 5pts, 8assits in Semifinal win over #8 SAGU

 

 

Stephon Hall – USAO: 15.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.4apg, 1.69spg

– 28pts, 4assts in QF win over Southwestern Christian.

– 10pts, 7assits in Semifinal win over JBU.

Cameron Hines – USAO: 18.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.4apg

– 8pts, 7rebs, 4assts in QF win over Southwestern Christian.

– 30pts, 7rebs in Semifinal win over JBU.

 

KEY TEAMS:

#1 SAGU – Eliminated

#2 USAO – After a crazy week pushed the game to last night, USAO gets a layup with under 3 seconds left to beat Southwestern Christian 96-95. They grinded out another win in the Semifinals, knocking off John Brown 88-83 with Cameron Hines going for 30pts.

#3 Wayland Baptist – Eliminated

#4 MACU – Escaped with a 70-66 OT win over Texas Wesleyan. In the semifinals they found themselves down 15 at one point, but never quit and grinded their way back into the game before finally getting the big win. 

 

UPSET SPECIAL: 

#6 John Brown – Beat Wayland Baptist 66-55. They travel to play USAO today.

Championship Game Notes:

No. 4 Mid-America Christian vs. No. 2 USAO, 7pm CT Live Video

USAO 2-0

Seven championship games gong on at the same time tonight, but this should be one of the better ones. MACU, coming off of their upset win @ #8 SAGU, should have the resume finally to get them into the tournament. Coach Gamblin is a great coach and this MACU team has battled a lot this year. They came back from down big in that SAGU game, without leading scorer Terrance Jones. USAO gets to host the championship game and we believe are still without Head Coach Chris Francis. That hasn’t stopped them yet in the tournament. They have been able to protect their home court and now find themselves hosting the SAC Championship game. 

OTHER NOTES:

SAC Tournament Page

– The SAC is a (2) bid league. The SAC Regular Season Champion: Clinched: #10 SAGU and the Tournament Champion or Science & Arts (Ok) if SAGU wins tournament. 

Our Pick To Win It:  MACU – They are full strength right now and as a former Top 5 team in the country they have the weapons to make a run at the SAC Tournament Title.

 

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