JBU to Host SAC Basketball Tournament March 1-3

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (February 23, 2012) — John Brown University will host the Meisner Aircraft 2012 Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament for men’s and women’s basketball March 1-3 in the Bill George Arena.

“JBU and the Siloam Springs community are looking forward to hosting the top 16 teams that earn their way here,” said JBU Director of Athletics Robyn Daugherty. “The Bill George Arena, in its second season of operation, will provide a tremendous atmosphere to the participants and the spectators.”

This will be JBU’s first time to host the SAC tournament.

The SAC is known to many as the premier small college basketball conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Over the last 10 years, a SAC member has won the NAIA Men’s National Championship five times – including JBU’s historic run to the championship in 2005. JBU also claimed its first SAC tournament title in 2010. On the women’s side, a SAC team has been crowned the NAIA National Champion 10 times over the last 20 years.

SAC member institutions include John Brown, Lubbock Christian (Texas), Mid-America Christian (Okla.), Northwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City, Rogers State, St. Gregory’s (Okla.), Southern Nazarene, Science & Arts of Oklahoma and Wayland Baptist (Texas).

The schedule of games will be released on Feb. 26 following the completion of the last regular season games. Tickets will be available at the Bill George Arena prior to each game.

The winners of the SAC tournaments will receive automatic berths to the NAIA Division I, men’s and women’s, basketball national tournaments. The 2012 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship will be held March 14-20 at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The 2012 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship will be held March 14-20 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky. 

The 38,000-square-foot multipurpose Bill George Arena opened in the fall of 2010 and is the home of JBU's volleyball and men's and women's basketball teams.  The arena, which also hosts concerts, guest speakers, and graduation ceremonies, has a stadium seating capacity of 1,800. 

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.