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Preview: Ravens vs Central Baptist

The Ravens will face off against the Central Baptist Mustangs in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament in Wichita, KS on March 12 at 11 a.m. 

Benedictine is the second seed and Central Baptist is the third seed in the Wichita A Bracket.   

The Mustangs finished their regular season with a 19-6 record. They also won the American Midwest Conference Tournament title with a final score of 89-54 on March 2. 

Central Baptist averages 83 points per game while allowing only 66.4 points per game, which ranks 10th nationally. Tedrick Wolfe is the team’s leading scorer, who averages 14.79 with a 57.9 field goal percentage.  

The Mustangs strength is on the defensive end. They rank second in the nation in total steals (255) and fourth in steals per game (10.2). The teams forward, Zach Hudson, ranks 13th in the nation in total blocks (38).  

The Ravens are coming of off a defeat in the Heart Conference Tournament title losing to William Penn 92-76. 

Benedictine averages 79.9 points per game, and opposing teams average 70.3 points per game against them. Matt Austin, senior, leads the team in scoring with 14.96 points per game with a 48.8 field goal percentage.  

The Ravens strength lies in their three-point shooting offense. They are ranked first in the nation in three point field goal percentage (0.431%) and rank 6th nationally in three-pointers made (283). Eric Krus, junior, ranks 22nd in the nation in individual three-pointers made with 68.  

The winner of this game will advance to play the 1 seed, Saint Francis, on March 13. The winners from each pod will advance to Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, which takes place March 18-23.  

If the Ravens advance, they will have a chance to compete for the National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri at Municipal Auditorium.  

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