WATERTOWN, Wis. -- After finishing the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record in NCCAA regional competition, the Sabercats are seeded #2 for this weekend's regional tournament, which will be held at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.
Maranatha will face #7 Calvary University Thursday at 10 a.m. The winner advances to play the winner of the Emmaus/Moody game in a 4 p.m. Friday semifinal. The championship game will be held Saturday at 5 p.m.
Seedings for the tournament are based on the most recent NCCAA Power Rating, which assigns teams points based primarily on their win/loss record, then on strength of schedule. A complete breakdown of the competing teams is listed below:
|Team||Location||Record||NCCAA||Last year's finish||vs MBU (all-time)|
|#1 Providence||Manitoba, Canada||14-9||5-2||DNP||0-1|
|#2 Maranatha||Watertown, Wis.||12-12||8-0||2nd||-|
|#3 Emmaus||Dubuque, Iowa||11-15||8-6||N/A||4-27|
|#4 Oak Hills||Bemidji, Minn.||8-18||4-4||5th||0-2|
|#5 Trinity Bible||Ellendale, N.D.||9-17||3-5||Semifinal||0-5|
|#7 Calvary||Kansas City, Mo.||3-18||1-12||N/A||1-1|
|#8 Faith||Ankeny, Iowa||2-24||0-17||Semifinal||1-7|
DNP - did not participate N/A - not part of the North Region
The regional title has eluded the Sabercats in recent years. In 2017, the Sabercats were denied the banner when Moody Bible Institute stormed back to win the title, 76-74, on the Sabercats' home floor. The title would have been the first for Maranatha since 2000.
In program history, Maranatha has won the title 8 times, including 5 consecutive championships from 1996-2000.
Since 2000, the best finish the Sabercats have recorded is second place. This year, the team will be looking to punch their first ticket to NCCAA Nationals since the turn of the millennium.
Catch all the details of the tournament including driving directions, live coverage, and more at mbusabercats.com/composite.