Seawolves face the top ranked team and the underdog

It’s time for the Glacier Classic where eight teams battle for the title at UAF.

UAA’s men’s basketball team is scheduled to play on Dec.11 against Grace Bible College.

The Grace Bible Tigers are not a team to take lightly though; they were crowned national champions in 06’ and 09’. Also in the 2008-09 season they were ranked the No. 1 team in the country for the last 11 weeks of the season.

This season proves to be headed down the same track with a coach who holds the “NCAA Div. II National Coach of the year for 2009” award. Coach Gary Bailey expects nothing but the best out of his players and continues to push their limits to success.

“We will continue to play the toughest schedule we can every year. We are committed to building our program and the best way to do that is to earn the respect of the bigger and well-established programs. I think we are doing that,” said Bailey in his profile on Grace Bible College’s Web site.

Next up for the Seawolves is Grand Canyon University on Dec. 12. This is going to be an interesting match up considering Grand Canyon has an entire new squad. They have no returners from their last season but don’t let that fool you because the recruiting done is sure to stand tough. They have seven Div. I transfers and a few very talented freshmen, with such an inexperienced squad it has made the Antelopes season difficult.

They pulled off their first win of the season against Cal State Dominguez Hills.

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“I think it’s just a real sign of how we’ve grown in the last two weeks, and to me that’s what really excites me. And, of course, capping it off with a win is the icing on the cake. I liked our heart and our effort tonight,” Head coach Russ Pennell said in a recent press release following their first win,

It looks like the Seawolves have a challenge from both ends of a sports spectrum, the top ranked and the underdogs.