We’re slowly reaching the end of the NAIA season. Every game and every goal matters just a little bit more at this point as these games feel more and more like playoff games. The AAC conference is in the final week of their regular season and teams are jockeying for seeding in the conference tournament. In the WHAC, we will be seeing a matchup of the two teams that are undefeated in conference.
It’s a big weekend of action in the NAIA, let’s take a look at three games that need to be on your radar.
#4 Keiser vs #7 Webber
Date: Saturday, April 9, 1:00pm
Stream: Webber Website
The biggest question heading into the national NAIA tournament, is how many AAC teams will qualify. With Reinhardt reclaiming the conference crown after their early loss to Keiser, TWU surprising everyone, and Cumberlands being a steady heavyweight, the possibility of a fourth team looms. This game will have a lot to do with who might take a fourth spot. Keiser has done much better in conference, but Webber boasts several strong out of conference wins. This might be a win or go home game.
Siena Heights vs #2 Indiana Tech
Date: Saturday, April 9, 4:00pm
Stream: Indiana Tech YouTube
There are two teams in the WHAC with 4-0 conference records at the moment, and they both happen to be playing in this game. Siena Heights, who struggled to start the year, have recently gone on a 4-0 tear in conference play. If they want a shot at making the playoffs, a victory over the #2 team in the country would give them a strong case. Indiana Tech has been on a blazing run, fueled by an offense that’s scored a combined 42 goals in their last 2 games. Look for this one to be high scoring and action packed.
#3 Cumberlands vs #8 Benedictine
Date: Sunday, April 10, N/A
A rare late season out-of-conference matchup has Top 10 stakes on the line. Cumberlands is looking for a chance to solidify themselves in the national tournament. Benedictine on the other hand, coming off a loss to a resurgent Columbia squad, might be on the outside looking in. Benedictine finding a way to win this game might have the committee reevaluating whether the #8 spot in the playoffs belongs to a KCAC or AAC team.