GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The National Christian College Athletic Association's tournament committee has slated the Sabercats as the #5 seed for the 2018 Men's Basketball National Tournament.
MBU will begin play with a 10 a.m. (EST) matchup Thursday, March 8 against #4 Johnson University Tennessee. The winner advances to play the winner of #1 Randall University and #8 Kentucky Christian. Last year, Randall won the title while KCU finished as runners-up.
This will be the first time since 2003 that the Sabercats have made the trip to the national tournament. Maranatha is one of 4 teams in the mix that did not qualify for nationals last year:
|Seed||School||City, State||Qualifying Method||2017 Nat'ls Finish||Record vs MBU|
|#1||Randall University||Moore, Okla.||Southwest Region Champion||Champion||N/A|
|#2||Bob Jones University||Greenville, S.C.||South Region Champion||5th||N/A|
|#3||Grace Bible College||Grand Rapids, Mich.||Mideast Region Champion||3rd||25-10|
|#4||Johnson University Tennessee||Knoxville, Tenn.||At-Large Selection||DNP||0-1|
|#5||Maranatha Baptist University||Watertown, Wis.||North Region Champion||DNP||-|
|#6||Dallas Christian College||Dallas||At-Large Selection||DNP||N/A|
|#7||Portland Bible College||Portland, Ore.||Independent Representative||DNP||N/A|
|#8||Kentucky Christian University||Grayson, Ky.||At-Large Selection||Runner-up||3-1|
Each team is guaranteed 2 games at the tournament. But the tournament can be considered "single elimination" in that if a team loses once, they cannot win the championship.
In the opening rounds, teams are paired based on seedings. The next day holds the "Final Four" and the play-in for the consolation games. Then on Saturday, the 5th-place, 3rd-place, and championship games will take place.
For more details on the tournament, visit the Tournament Central at thenccaa.org