Nationals Latest: Sabercats Seeded #8

Nationals Latest: Sabercats Seeded #8

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Despite being one of four regional champions at the 2019 NCCAA DII National Tournament, the Sabercats have been seeded #8 out of eight teams.

MBU will open play on Thursday, March 7 at 12 p.m. EST against the three-time defending national champions, the #1-seeded Randall University Saints.

The seeding for the national championship is determined primarily by a vote and conference call with the regional chairs. Secondary consideration is then given to the NCCAA Power Rating System and the results of the most recent NCCAA Top 10 rankings.

"The selection committee can make whatever decisions they want," said Coach Keith Salscheider. "And it doesn't matter where you're seeded - you've got to win three games against great competition. Randall's got a great shot at winning it all, so we just look at it as we have to play three rounds of championship games. And Randall's got the target on their back, so we're excited about who we're playing and we're looking to make some noise at the National Tournament."

The loser of the opening game will be relegated to the consolation bracket while the winner will face the winner of #4 Great Lakes Christian and #5 Arlington Baptist.

Below is the field for the 2019 National Tournament:


Team                                    W-L     Location              Region                Qualifying Method         2018 Finish    
#1 Randall  17-13  Moore, Okla. Southwest   Region Champion   Champion
#2 Grace Christian 19-12 Grand Rapids, Mich.   Mideast At-Large 3rd Place
#3 Johnson  16-15  Knoxville, Tenn. Mideast Region Champion 4th Place
#4 Great Lakes  19-11 Lansing, Mich. Mideast At-Large DNP
#5 Arlington Baptist 15-15 Arlington, Texas Southwest At-Large DNP
#6 Trinity Baptist 15-15 Jacksonville, Fla. South Region Champion DNP
#7 Bob Jones 9-17 Greenville, S.C. South At-Large/Tournament Host Runner-Up
#8 Maranatha 15-9 Watertown, Wis. North Region Champion 6th Place

Find details of all the games at the National Tournament at

Home Stretch
December 10, 2019 Home Stretch
Johnson Shines On
November 11, 2019 Johnson Shines On
Regional Hosts Announced
June 13, 2019 Regional Hosts Announced
Groundwork: Laid
May 17, 2019 Groundwork: Laid
One for Good Measure
May 16, 2019 One for Good Measure
Causin' More Trouble
May 14, 2019 Causin' More Trouble
Forward Steps
May 10, 2019 Forward Steps
Two Down
May 6, 2019 Two Down
Causin' Trouble
April 23, 2019 Causin' Trouble
Time of Transition
April 8, 2019 Time of Transition
Go Time
March 28, 2019 Go Time
One Mo Time
March 18, 2019 One Mo Time
Pushing New Limits
March 15, 2019 Pushing New Limits
Recapping Records
March 13, 2019 Recapping Records
Mo Again
February 26, 2019 Mo Again
Hello Again
February 23, 2019 Hello Again
One Against Two
February 23, 2019 One Against Two
Softball Season: Cancelled
February 21, 2019 Softball Season: Cancelled
Double Double-Double Double
February 19, 2019 Double Double-Double Double
Top Spot for Regionals
February 19, 2019 Top Spot for Regionals
Another Top Spot for Regionals
February 19, 2019 Another Top Spot for Regionals
Tricks in the Book
February 19, 2019 Tricks in the Book
Mo' for Mo
February 12, 2019 Mo' for Mo
Double-Double Double
February 5, 2019 Double-Double Double
Wilkerson Weekly
February 5, 2019 Wilkerson Weekly
Breaking Down Barriers
January 30, 2019 Breaking Down Barriers
Callie Mo Steals the Show
January 29, 2019 Callie Mo Steals the Show
Caribbean Connections
January 24, 2019 Caribbean Connections
Year 2
January 17, 2019 Year 2
The Main Event
December 21, 2018 The Main Event
Carrying the Mantle
December 15, 2018 Carrying the Mantle
Peaks and Valleys
December 11, 2018 Peaks and Valleys
Another Accolade
December 7, 2018 Another Accolade
Brick and Mortar
December 7, 2018 Brick and Mortar
Book Grabs Weekly Award
December 4, 2018 Book Grabs Weekly Award
They'll be Back
December 4, 2018 They'll be Back
NCCAA All-Americans Announced
November 28, 2018 NCCAA All-Americans Announced
Record-Setting Fall
November 26, 2018 Record-Setting Fall
Only the Best
November 26, 2018 Only the Best
Setting things Straight
November 26, 2018 Setting things Straight
Chasing Four
November 14, 2018 Chasing Four
Hansel Hoards Awards
November 12, 2018 Hansel Hoards Awards
On the Rise
November 9, 2018 On the Rise
Monthly Honors for Hansel
November 8, 2018 Monthly Honors for Hansel
Eyeing the Finish Line
November 8, 2018 Eyeing the Finish Line
Hands down Hansel
October 30, 2018 Hands down Hansel
Sponable Strikes Again
October 30, 2018 Sponable Strikes Again
Hats Off for Hansel
October 23, 2018 Hats Off for Hansel
A Nod for Nelson
October 23, 2018 A Nod for Nelson
New News, Old News
October 16, 2018 New News, Old News
Add it to the Collection
October 10, 2018 Add it to the Collection
Honors for Hernandez
October 9, 2018 Honors for Hernandez
Johnson, Sponable Shine On
October 9, 2018 Johnson, Sponable Shine On
Rankin Secures Weekly Award
October 2, 2018 Rankin Secures Weekly Award
Johnson Doubles Up
September 18, 2018 Johnson Doubles Up
Alumni Day 2018 Review
August 25, 2018 Alumni Day 2018 Review