Men's Basketball Ranked 24th in NationFebruary 14, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson University men’s basketball team is ranked 24th in the nation in the latest NABC/Division Ii men’s basketball rankings, as released Tuesday afternoon.
Anderson (18-4, 13-1 SAC) is in first place in the South Atlantic Conference and is riding a four-game win streak entering a challenging two-game road swing, beginning at Tusculum Wednesday night and at eighth-ranked Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. The Trojans have won 11 of their last 12 games and are just two wins from their third consecutive 20-win season.
With a win at Tusculum, AU would clinch at least a tie for second place in the league’s regular-season standings and hold on to at least a one-game lead on LMU.
“I’m very happy for the players,” said Anderson head coach Jason Taylor. “It’s a great acknowledgement of the season the team is having. The players deserve the recognition for all their hard work and its’ an honor for our program. I hope we continue to play well.”
Joining the Trojans in the top-25 is fellow SAC-member Lincoln Memorial, which is No. eight for the second consecutive week.
The top six spots went unchanged this week in the latest rankings, as two teams make their first appearance in the top 10 this season with their strong play in recent weeks.
Bellarmine holds onto the top spot in the poll, but was not a unanimous No. 1 this week as West Liberty picked up one of the first place votes and retains the No. 2 spot for the fourth consecutive week. The next four spots continue to be held by Winona State, Colorado School of Mines, Tarleton State and Alabama-Huntsville. Midwestern State, who won a triple overtime thriller over Tarleton State Monday night – a game that won’t be factored into the rankings until next week – moved up two spots to No. 7 ahead of Lincoln Memorial.
The two newcomers to the top 10 this week are Shaw, who has won 17 consecutive games through Sunday and Western Washington, who checks in at No. 10 with wins in its last nine outings.
Southern Indiana begins the second 10 at No. 11, followed by Kentucky Wesleyan, Christian Brothers, Northwest Missouri State and Northern Kentucky. Missouri Southern is ranked No. 16 this week and is trailed by Indiana (Pa.), Metropolitan State, Bowie State and Arkansas Tech, who returns to the rankings for the first time since Jan. 3.
The final five teams in this week’s poll are Alaska-Anchorage, District of Columbia, South Carolina Aiken, Anderson and Indianapolis.
The NCAA will release its first regional rankings of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday.
The Trojans are making their first appearance in the poll since earning the No. 25 spot in early December, 2009. AU opened that campaign with three straight wins and their hottest start in school history at that time. The ranking marked the first time AU had climbed into the Top 25 poll since becoming a four-year institution in the nineties.