GCAC lands three teams in Top-25
February 02, 2006
Shreveport, LA---Winning a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship is no easy task in any sport; especially in men’s basketball. In the latest NAIA National Polls that were released Wednesday afternoon, the LSUS Pilots, the University of Mobile Rams, and Spring Hill College Badgers were selected as three of the Top 25 teams in the country, with LSUS leading the way at No. 8.
The Pilots are currently on top of the GCAC in winning percentage with a 19-3 (.864) overall record, but at 6-2 in conference play, they remain one game behind Spring Hill College Badgers who sit at 6-1 in the GCAC, and 13-5 overall.
The Rams, 15-5 overall, sit in a tie for third place in the GCAC with the Belhaven College Blazers at 5-2 and are currently ranked 15th in the NAIA. The Rams and Blazers will square off tonight in Mobile which will break that tie, and set up a showdown between the Pilots and Rams who went down to the wire less than one month ago which saw the Pilots pull off an 81-79 road victory at the buzzer.
Last week, the Badgers defeated the Pilots in double-overtime and followed with a three point victory over the Rams in their home gym. At No. 24 in the country, the Badgers could arguably one of the hottest teams in the NAIA. However, Monday night marked the halfway point of the GCAC regular season which means each team has one game remaining against each other before the GCAC Championship crown, and an automatic birth to the NAIA National Tournament can be awarded.
Thursday night marks the beginning of what is promising to be an exciting second half of NAIA men’s basketball in the GCAC.