Sabercats Seeded 5th for National Tournament

Sabercats Seeded 5th for National Tournament

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.

Seedings

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:

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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

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Format

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

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