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:

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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

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Find details of all the games at the National Tournament at mbusabercats.com/composite.

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