KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WYMT) — Both UPIKE and Cumberlands will start the 2019-2020 season inside the NAIA preseason Top 25. The Bears, who made it to the national quarterfinals last season, sit at No. 5 in the preseason rankings.
UPIKE returns only two starters from last season's 25-9 team that reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament in Luke Layhew and Xaviar Gaona. The Bears start their season on Friday, October 25th in their tip-off classic against Ohio University-Chillicothe
Cumberlands starts their season at No. 16. The Patriots return nine players from last year's team. They fell in the first round of the NAIA Tournament to Wiley College. They opened the season on Monday, October 21st with a 77-70 win over Bryan College.
Defending NAIA champs Georgetown starts the season at No. 1. The Tigers scrimmage the University of Kentucky on Sunday, October 27th.