Hillsdale Moves to No. 18 in the Latest NABC Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll

Hillsdale Moves to No. 18 in the Latest NABC Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll

Release courtesy of John Kean, Sports Information Director, Missouri S&T

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bellarmine and West Liberty have retained the top two spots in the final NABC/Division II men’s basketball rankings for the month of January, but losses by six of the top 10 teams in last week’s poll have created a shakeup at the top end of the new rankings.

Bellarmine swept two games from teams ranked in the top 10 – both of whom stayed among that group despite the losses – while West Liberty captured three contests a week ago to stay at No. 2.  The shifting starts at No. 3, where Tarleton State moves into the spot after a pair of road losses by Metropolitan State.  Winona State also moved up from sixth to fourth this week, while Colorado School of Mines rose to its highest-ever ranking at No. 5.

Alabama-Huntsville also made a six-spot jump in the poll this week as it moved up to No. 6, while Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana – the teams that suffered the losses to Bellarmine – retained their places at seventh and eighth, respectively.  Lincoln Memorial fell four places to No. 9, while Christian Brothers rounds out the top 10 with its first appearance among that group this season.

Midwestern State, which lost a four-point decision Saturday to Tarleton State, dropped one spot to No. 11 and was followed by Metropolitan State, Indiana (Pa.), Shaw and Northern Kentucky.  The next five teams in the poll are Western Washington, Bowie State, Hillsdale, West Georgia and St. Cloud State.

The final five teams in this week’s poll are Alaska-Anchorage, Northwest Missouri State, Missouri Southern, South Carolina Aiken and a tie at No. 25 with King and Winston-Salem State.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 31, 2012)

Rank

Institution

Record

Points

Previous

1.

Bellarmine, Ky.  (8 first place votes)

18-1

200

1

2.

West Liberty, W.Va.

19-1

191

2

3.

Tarleton State, Texas

19-1

185

4

4.

Winona State, Minn.

19-2

176

6

5.

Colorado School of Mines

17-2

158

11

6.

Alabama-Huntsville

15-3

146

12

7.

Kentucky Wesleyan

16-3

145

7

8.

Southern Indiana

16-3

140

8

9.

Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.

18-2

135

5

10.

Christian Brothers, Tenn.

15-3

113

15

11.

Midwestern State, Texas

16-2

112

10

12.

Metropolitan State, Colo.

17-3

108

3

13.

Indiana, Pa.

15-3

106

16

14.

Shaw, N.C.

16-2

91

17

15.

Northern Kentucky

15-4

79

9

16.

Western Washington

18-3

78

18

17.

Bowie State, Md.

15-3

75

19

18.

Hillsdale, Mich.

17-2

71

20

19.

West Georgia

18-3

63

22

20.

St. Cloud State, Minn.

16-3

48

13

21.

Alaska-Anchorage

15-4

42

25

22.

Northwest Missouri State

16-3

37

NR

23.

Missouri Southern

16-5

15

14

24.

South Carolina Aiken

15-4

12

24

25.

(tie) King, Tenn.

17-3

11

NR

25.

(tie) Winston-Salem State, N.C.

15-3

11

NR

Others receiving votes: Arkansas Tech 8, District of Columbia 8, Cal Poly Pomona 6, Central Missouri 6, Indianapolis (Ind.) 6, LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) 5, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 5, Montevallo (Ala.) 3, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 2. Stonehill (Mass.) 2, Adelphi (N.Y.) 1.

Dropped out: Indianapolis (21), Fort Hays State (23).

Records and previous rankings are through games of Jan. 29, 2012.  The next poll will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 31, 2012)

                                                                                                 Record                   Points              Pvs

     1.        Bellarmine, Ky.  (8 first place votes)                    18-1                        200                   1

     2.        West Liberty, W.Va.                                                 19-1                        191                   2

     3.        Tarleton State, Texas                                              19-1                        185                   4

     4.        Winona State, Minn.                                                19-2                        176                   6

     5.        Colorado School of Mines                                     17-2                        158                  11

     6.        Alabama-Huntsville                                                15-3                        146                  12

     7.        Kentucky Wesleyan                                                16-3                        145                   7

     8.        Southern Indiana                                                     16-3                        140                   8

     9.        Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.                                        18-2                        135                   5

    10.       Christian Brothers, Tenn.                                       15-3                        113                  15

    11.       Midwestern State, Texas                                        16-2                        112                  10

    12.       Metropolitan State, Colo.                                       17-3                        108                   3

    13.       Indiana, Pa.                                                              15-3                        106                  16

    14.       Shaw, N.C.                                                                16-2                         91                   17

    15.       Northern Kentucky                                                  15-4                         79                     9

    16.       Western Washington                                              18-3                         78                   18

    17.       Bowie State, Md.                                                      15-3                         75                   19

    18.       Hillsdale, Mich.                                                        17-2                         71                   20

    19.       West Georgia                                                           18-3                         63                   22

    20.       St. Cloud State, Minn.                                             16-3                         48                   13

    21.       Alaska-Anchorage                                                  15-4                         42                   25

    22.       Northwest Missouri State                                       16-3                         37                   NR

    23.       Missouri Southern                                                   16-5                         15                   14

    24.       South Carolina Aiken                                             15-4                         12                   24

    25.       (tie) King, Tenn.                                                       17-3                         11                   NR

    25.       (tie) Winston-Salem State, N.C.                            15-3                         11                   NR

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