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NAIA National Tournament Preview: Park City Bracket B

NAIA National Tournament Preview: Park City Bracket B

By naiahoopsreport_admin March 11, 2021 0 Comments

Teams Inside the Pod

#1 William Penn

 

24-1 Overall

Heart of America Regular Season Champions

Heart of America Tournament Champions

#2 Overall Seed

 

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Assists per Game (20.400)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Defensive Rebounds per Game (36.040)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Scoring Offense per Game (101.160)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Rebounds per Game (50.880)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Rebound Margin (17.840)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Total Rebound Offense (1272)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Scoring Margin (26.280)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Assists (510)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Offensive Rebounds per Game (14.840)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Blocks (132)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Total Scoring Offense (2529)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Field Goal Pct (0.517)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Blocks per Game (5.280)

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Field Goal Pct Defense (0.387)

 

Ranks Number 16 in Division I in Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.371)

 

Ranks Number 28 in Division I in Total 3-Pt FG Made (234)

 

Ranks Number 40 in Division I in Total Rebound Defense (33.040)

 

Ranks Number 41 in Division I in Total Steals (179)

 

Ranks Number 44 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (9.360)

 

 

#2 MACU

11-4 Overall

SAC Tournament Runners-Up

#24 Overall Seed

 

Ranks Number in Division I in Field Goal Pct Defense (0.383)

 

Ranks Number 15 in Division I in Defensive Rebounds per Game (30.733)

 

Ranks Number 31 in Division I in Total Rebounds per Game (40.400)

 

Ranks Number 33 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Pct Defense (0.314)

 

Ranks Number 36 in Division I in Scoring Margin (8.733)

 

Ranks Number 45 in Division I in Scoring Defense per Game (71.333)

 

 

 

 

#3 Holy Cross

13-6 Overall

CCAC Regular Season Runners-Up

#40 Overall Seed

 

 

Ranks Number in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Pct (0.414)

 

Ranks Number 20 in Division I in Total Rebound Defense (31.947)

 

Ranks Number 26 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.745)

 

Ranks Number 37 in Division I in Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.200)

 

Ranks Number 40 in Division I in Field Goal Pct (0.480)

 

Ranks Number 43 in Division I in Scoring Defense per Game (71.211)

 

 

Top Players

#2 Kevion Blaylock 6'7 Sr. - 17.1ppg, 9.9rpg

2020-21 Heart of America Player of the Year

 

2019-20 3rd Team All-American 

 

Ranks Number 10 in Division I in Total Total Rebounds (246)

 

Ranks Number 14 in Division I in Field Goal Pct (0.622)

 

Ranks Number 15 in Division I in Defensive Rebounds per Game (7.640)

 

Ranks Number 16 in Division I in Total Rebounds per Game (9.840)

 

Ranks Number 38 in Division I in Free Throw Pct (0.845)

 

Ranks Number 46 in Division I in Total Scoring (428)

 

 

 

#0 Kamari Newman 6'4 Sr. - 15.7ppg, 3.3rpg

2020-21 1st Team All-Heart of America

2019-20 All-American

Ranks Number 19 in Division I in Total 3-Pt FG Made (70)

 

Ranks Number 50 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (2.800)

 

#23 Eddie Daily 6'9 Sr. - 9.3pprg, 7.5rpg, 1.5bpg

 2020-21 HM All-Heart of America

 

Ranks Number 29 in Division I in Blocks per Game (1.524)

 

Ranks Number 31 in Division I in Total Blocks (32)

 

 

#1 Tony Dorsey 6'0 Sr. - 11.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.3spg

2020-21 HM All-SAC

#3 Jordan Gains 6'4 Sr. - 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg

2020-21 1st Team All-CCAC

Points Per Game Leaders

1.      Storm Cook HC  17.39

2.      Terrence Jones MACU  17.42

3.      Kevion Blaylock WP  17.12

4.      Kamari Newman WP  15.72

5.      Noel Mpie HC  14.11 

Rebounds Per Game Leaders

1.      Kevion Blaylock WP  9.84

2.      Noel Mpie HC  8.42

3.      Terrence Jones MACU  8.25

4.      Eddie Daley WP  7.48

5.      Domminick Ford MACU  6.2 

Assist Per Game Leaders

1.      Chanze Cruesoe WP   4.4

2.      Q Cager WP  3.84

3.      Jordan Gaines HC  3.26

4.      Tony Dorsey MACU  3.25

5.      Beau Ludwick HC  2.95 

Matchups

This is a MACU team that was preseason Top 5 in the NAIA. They have seemed to have struggled to be at full strength all season! They will once again enter the weekend without their leading scorer Terrance Jones. However, this same squad that will be taking the floor did knock off #8 SAGU in the SAC Semifinals. This is still a very capable group who is so well coached!

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This Holy Cross team kind of got the short end of the stick in the CCAC Tournament when they were the 2-seed and had to go up against the defending CCAC Tournament Champions IUSB due to South Bend not playing a regular season game. IUSB went on to win the CCAC Tourney for a 2nd straight year. We will see if that lights a fire under the Saints! They tend to play a slow, methodical style of play and let Gains and Cook beat you late in the shot clock. There best hope to make it to KC is to control the tempo in both games!

The Statesmen are one of the most deep teams in the NAIA Tournament. They like to sub 5 guys in and out and it has allowed their guys to play so hard every time out on the floor. The formula has worked for the Statesmen as they eventually wear on teams enough to take over and win games! This team is dangerous when they decide to defend people too, they are very underrated defensively because they give up so many points with the tempo they play at and giving up a lot more possessions over the course of a game.

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Winner of #2 MACU vs #3 Holy Cross

MACU being a preseason Top 5 team makes them a bit of a wildcard here! We know they aren’t fully healthy, but they are still really talented and if they are hitting 3’s they can win this game. They hit 17 of them in the upset win over #8 SAGU in the SAC Semi’s. Holy Cross is going to try to force both teams to play slow! They work to get great shots and make you pay for breakdowns. The 1st game, especially being an 11am start, could be a really long, slow, drawn out game!

The winner will get the high flying, high tempo Statesmen of William Penn. WP shares the ball so well and looks like they have a lot of fun playing with one another. Sure the two All-Americans are really dang good, but this is a team that twice now has scored 95pts or more without a single player going for more than 15pts in the game. It’s hard to just focus a game plan on 1 or 2 guys!

 

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