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NAIA National Tournament Preview: Park City Bracket A

NAIA National Tournament Preview: Park City Bracket A

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Teams Inside the Pod

#1 USAO

 

17-2 Overall

Sooner Athletic Conf. Regular Season Runners-Up

Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champions

#8 Overall Seed

 

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Field Goal Pct Defense (0.378)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Defensive Rebounds per Game (31.684)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Blocks per Game (5.158)

 

Ranks Number 11 in Division I in Total Rebounds per Game (42.263)

 

Ranks Number 16 in Division I in Total Blocks (98)

 

Ranks Number 17 in Division I in Scoring Offense per Game (87.895)

 

Ranks Number 19 in Division I in Scoring Margin (12.105)

 

Ranks Number 21 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.749)

 

Ranks Number 22 in Division I in Turnover Margin (3.053)

 

Ranks Number 23 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (10.053)

 

Ranks Number 28 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Pct Defense (0.311)

 

Ranks Number 33 in Division I in Assists per Game (15.947)

 

Ranks Number 43 in Division I in Total Rebound Margin (4.842)

 

Ranks Number 47 in Division I in Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.139)

 

 

#2 Oklahoma Wesleyan

19-6 Overall

KCAC Regular Season Runners-Up

KCAC Tournament Runners-Up

#23 Overall Seed

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Rebound Margin (13.160)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Offensive Rebounds per Game (14.000)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Rebounds per Game (44.200)

 

Ranks Number 11 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (10.800)

 

Ranks Number 11 in Division I in Total Rebound Defense (31.040)

 

Ranks Number 12 in Division I in Total 3-Pt FG Made (270)

 

Ranks Number 15 in Division I in Total Assists (413)

 

Ranks Number 15 in Division I in Total Total Rebound Offense (1105)

 

Ranks Number 20 in Division I in Defensive Rebounds per Game (30.200)

 

Ranks Number 25 in Division I in Field Goal Pct Defense (0.414)

 

Ranks Number 28 in Division I in Assists per Game (16.520)

 

Ranks Number 30 in Division I in Total Scoring Offense (2084)

 

Ranks Number 35 in Division I in Scoring Margin (8.960)

 

Ranks Number 36 in Division I in Scoring Offense per Game (83.360)

 

Ranks Number 44 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.734)

 

Ranks Number 48 in Division I in Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.135)

 

 

#3 Park (MO)

14-7 Overall

Heart Host Bid

Heart of America Regular Season 3rd Place

#35 Overall Seed

 

Ranks Number 29 in Division I in Steals per
Game (8.429)

 

Ranks Number 31 in Division I in Field Goal
Pct (0.483)

 

Ranks Number 32 in Division I in Turnover
Margin (2.619)

 

Ranks Number 35 in Division I in Offensive
Rebounds per Game (12.000)

 

Ranks Number 38 in Division I in Total
Rebound Margin (5.048)

 

Ranks Number 40 in Division I in Total
Rebounds per Game (39.667)

 

Ranks Number 45 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg
Pct (0.368)

 

Ranks Number 45 in Division I in Total
Steals (177)

 

 

Top Players

#3 Cam Hines 5'10 Sr. - 18.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.3apg

2020-21 1st Team All-SAC

 

Ranks Number 24 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (3.105)

 

Ranks Number 32 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.851)

 

 

 

#1 Stephon Hall 6'1 Jr. - 15.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.53apg

2020-21 2nd Team All-SAC

Ranks Number 19 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.869)

 

Ranks Number 48 in Division I in Assists per Game (4.526)

 

 

#3 Brooks Haddock 6'2 Jr. - 15.3ppg, 2.1rpg

2020-21 1st Team All-KCAC

2019-20 DII All-American

Ranks Number in Division I in Total 3-Pt FG Made (77)

 

Ranks Number 25 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (3.080)

 

Ranks Number 43 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Pct (0.456)

 

 

 

#3 Rod Marthone 6'0 Sr. - 18.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.19agp

2020-21 Heart of America Newcomer of the Year

Ranks Number 10 in Division I in Steals per Game (2.381)

 

Ranks Number 17 in Division I in Total Steals (50)

 

 

#4 Cory Reeves 6'6 Sr. - 15.3ppg, 3.7rpg

2020-21 1st Team All Heart of America

2019-2020 2nd Team All-American

 Ranks Number 12 in Division I in 3-Pt FG Pct  (.506)

Points Per Game Leaders

1.      Rodrigue Marthone Park  18.9

2.      Cameron Hines USAO  18.21

3.      Quez Williamson Park  17.71

4.      Kaleb Stokes OKW  17.28

5.      Elvin Rodriguez USAO  15.79 

Rebounds Per Game Leaders

1.      Ernest Miles III Park  11.05

2.      Genard Makuntae USAO  7.95

3.      Kaleb Stokes OKWU  6.9

4.      Valentin Van Putten OKWU  6.25

5.      Rodrigue Marthone Park  6.2 

Assist Per Game Leaders

1.      Stephon Hall USAO  4.53

2.      Rodrigue Marthone Park  4.19

3.      Taylen Miller OKWU  3.64

4.      Cameron Hines USAO  3.32

5.      Elvin Rodriguez USAO  3.05 

 

Matchups

Brooks Haddock is one of the best shooters in the NAIA and can surely shoot the Eagles to Kansas City, but this OKWU also has big man Kaleb Stokes who does a good job around the rim. This is a team that isn’t afraid to let it fly from deep! If they are hitting shots you’re in for a long night!

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Park is maybe the most intriguing 3rd-seed within any Pod in the Tournament. They have some guys who can flat play! Cory Reeves was a 2nd team All-American last season and wasn’t even the best player on his team this year! The Heart of America kind of gets looked down as a lesser league this past season because William Penn ran thru the league pretty easily, but we love this Park team! Head Coach Jason Kline is a Hall of Famer and this Park team is tough, cocky and play with a lot of energy and swagger!

The Drovers won the SAC Tournament Title and even though they have only played 19 games this team looks like it’s playing it’s best basketball right now. The buy-in with this team is crazy high and they play really well together. They have started to get really great minutes from their bench as of late as well which has added to their depth. While they have three primary scorers, the rest of the rotation plays hard and gives great minutes!

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Winner of #2 OKWU vs #3 Park (MO)

Another really intriguing grouping here! All three have the potential to be the team who wins the Pod and goes to the Sweet 16 in KC! Instead of doing this in paragraph form, here are the keys to victory for each team:

1. Park as the 3 seed has to bring the energy, take care of the ball and continue to turn stops into points!

2. OKWU is going to need to handle the defensive pressure in Game 1 and hope that their shots are falling!

3. USAO can’t get complacent as a 1-seed! Depending on who they play on Saturday they are either going to have to really guard the 3pt line, or take care of the ball against Park’s pressure D!

Three tough teams here in Park City Bracket A! One of our favorite brackets to keep an eye on!!

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