Oklahoma Baptist and Oklahoma Wesleyan were rewarded for their stellar seasons with top seeds in the NAIA tournament.
OBU (50-6) comes into the national tournament as the No. 1 team in the country. The Bison roll in on a 20-game winning streak, including winning the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, and host the Shawnee region at Bison Field.
Oklahoma Baptist will play the winner of No. 4 seed Friends [Kan.] (36-23) and No. 5 seed Bacone (34-18), who meet in the region’s first game on Monday with the start time to be announced.
Bacone also comes into the region off a conference tournament championship. The Warriors won their first Red River Athletic Conference tournament title with two victories over No. 11 LSU-Shreveport.
OKWU (52-6) is the winningest team in the NAIA coming into the national tournament and has not lost a game since late March. The Eagles are the No. 3 team in the country and grabbed the top seed in the Jackson region.
Oklahoma Wesleyan will play the winner of Sterling [Kan.] and Houston-Victoria in the late game on Monday.
Oklahoma City (35-17) is the second seed in the Jackson region and will face No. 3 seed, and host school, Bellhaven [Miss.] (40-19) in its opening game.
The Stars have won six of the last seven, losing in the SAC tournament final to the Bison.
OBU and OKWU are the only two teams in the NAIA with at least 50 wins on the season.