Central Baptist College’s men’s basketball team (8-3) is ranked sixth in the nation among National Christian College Athletic Association teams.

The only losses for the Mustangs have been to John Brown (No. 25, NAIA Division I) Dordt College (4th, NAIA) and Norhtwestern College (12th, NAIA). 

As a team, the Mustangs are ranked fourth in the NCCAA in scoring with 87.1 points per game, third in field goal percentage with 51.4 percent, fourth in blocks (4.8 per game), and are No. 1 in steals with 13.8 steals per game.

Ryan Barnes is ranked third in the NCCAA in points per game with 23.6 points per contest. Barnes is also ranked 15th overall in steals per game (2.1). Rodderick Briggs is leading the nation for the second straight season with 3.6 steals per contest and is seventh in the country with 4.5 assists per game. CJ McCoy is right behind Briggs in the steals category with 3.2 per game. Michael Holder is ranked eighth in blocks (2.0 bpg).

"They are a great group of guys; I really enjoy coaching these young men," CBC coach Josh Austin said. 

The Mustangs begin their toughest month this season, playing three NCAA Division II teams and one NCAA Division I.

"I am very excited about this month," Austin said. "This will be a good test for our team."

The Mustangs play Harding University in Searcy today then will return home for the last home game of the 2009 year on Dec. 14 where they will face Arlington Baptist. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.