Defending NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Champion Mid-Texas Wesleyan University is the clear choice among Sooner Athletic Conference coaches to win the 2017-18 league basketball crown. The Rams finished last season with a 29-7 record under coach Brennen Shingleton and had 11 first place votes, the most possible. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Oklahoma City University, a NAIA tournament qualifier last year, was picked second in the poll with 119 points. 2016 NAIA Champion Mid-America Christian University was third with 106 points while defending SAC Tournament Champion the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma was fourth with  103 points.

Wayland Baptist University was the fifth-place pick with 90 points and Southwestern Assemblies of God University was sixth with 81 points. John Brown University was seventh with 78 points, St. Gregory's University was eighth with 59 points and Southwestern Christian University with 49 points was ninth.

Conference newcomers Central Christian College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University tied for 10th while Bacone College finished 12th.

The SAC season will conclude with its championship tournament featuring the top eight teams from the regular season competing in a single-elimination tournament set to begin Feb. 27, 2018 before the semifinals and championship game moving to John Brown University.
 

2017-18 SAC Men's Basketball Poll

No

Team

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Total

1

Texas Wesleyan

11

          

132

2

Oklahoma City

1

7

3

        

119

3

Mid-America Christian

 

4

2

 2

3

      

106

4

Science & Arts

 

1

4

4

2

      

103

5

Wayland Baptist

  

2

3

1

5

     

90

6

Southwestern Assemblies

  

1

1

4

1

3

1

   

81

7.

John Brown

   

2

2

3

3

1

   

78

8.

St. Gregory's

     

3

2

3

2

1

 

59

9.

Southwestern Christian

      

2

5

1

2

1

49

10.

Central Christian

      

1

1

4

2

3

39

tie

Oklahoma Panhandle

      

1

1

2

6

1

39

12

Bacone

        

3

1

7

29