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Basketball Pairings Set for 2018 NAIA Invitational at Oman Arena

Courtesy Bethel Sports Information
Posted 10/22/18

MCKENZIE, Tenn. - The 2018 NAIA Invitational hosted by the Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association formerly the Rotary Classic is November 23, 24, 2017 at famed Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee. Ten …

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Basketball Pairings Set for 2018 NAIA Invitational at Oman Arena

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MCKENZIE, Tenn. - The 2018 NAIA Invitational hosted by the Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association formerly the Rotary Classic is November 23, 24, 2017 at famed Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee. Ten of the top NAIA Women's Basketball teams from across the country will play five games on Friday November 23 and five games on Saturday, November 24.  The games are at 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.

The following  women's teams are participating; Freed Hardeman – Henderson Tenn., Bethel University – McKenzie,  Vanguard University – Costa Mesa Cal., Campbellsville  University – Campbellsville – Kentucky, Columbia College – Columbia Missouri, MidAmerica Nazarene University – Olathe KS, Martin Methodist College-Pulaski, Tenn.,  Shawnee State-Portsmouth, Ohio, Talladega College-Talladega, Ala. and Lindenwood-Bellville, Bellville, Ill.

Freed-Hardeman is the defending NAIA National Champion. Eight of the teams in the classic were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 Final Poll in 2017.

Media Coordinator Dave McCulley said, "This will be without a doubt the strongest Classic in the country as many of these teams are expected to be in the Top 25 NAIA Women's Basketball Pre-Season rankings coming out in October. This group includes past NAIA Women's Championship teams – Freed-Hardeman (2017) MidAmerica Nazarene (2016) and Vanguard University (2008)."

Vanguard Coach Russ Davis commented on the event, "This year we should again see some great competition.  I hope West Tennessee will come out and support it. Special thanks again to Mary Beth Hopper, all the sponsors, and Dave McCulley and his staff for making this happen.  It should be a great event." 

Bethel Coach Chris Nelson said, "We are ecstatic to have the third year of the classic back at Oman Arena this year. So many people are involved in making this event a success and we look forward to competing and seeing many of our friends. So much tradition of the NAIA is in the city of Jackson and it is a great experience for our student athletes." 

FHU Coach Dale Neal said, "It is great to see the Classic coming back to Jackson for the third straight year. We're excited again about being a part of this national tournament atmosphere and gaining experience competing against nationally ranked competition."

Friday:

Noon – Vanguard vs. Martin Methodist

2 p.m. – MidAmerica Nazarene vs. Shawnee State

4 p.m. – Campbellsville vs. Columbia

6 p.m. – Bethel vs. Lindenwood

8 p.m. - Freed-Hardeman vs. Talladega

Saturday:

Noon- Columbia vs. MidAmerica Nazarene

2 p.m. – Lindenwood vs. Vanguard

4 p.m. -Martin Methodist vs. Campbellsville

6 p.m. – Shawnee State vs. Freed-Hardeman

8 p.m. Talladega vs. Bethel

For further information and media credentials contact Dave McCulley, Media Coordinator- 731-358-5791 mcculleyd@bethelu.edu

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