November 23, 2010

Men's Basketball Leaps Into National Rankings!

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball program is starting to draw attention from its impressive unbeaten start this season.

The Bulldogs cracked the national rankings for the first time in more than four years this week as FSU is currently listed 24th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25 Poll released Tuesday (Nov. 23).

Defending NCAA Division II national champion Cal Poly Pomona, who headed up the NABC Division II preseason rankings, is the top-ranked team in the first 2010-11 regular season poll after coming away victorious in its season opener last week. The Broncos retained the top spot from the preseason rankings. 

Two of FSU's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) counterparts and three Midwest Regional foes can all be found in the top five as Findlay, winner of its first four games of the year, moves up to the second spot this week followed by regional member Bellarmine (Ky.) and Ferris archrival Grand Valley State at number four overall.

In total, six teams from the Midwest Region are ranked among the nation's top 25 this week as Kentucky Wesleyan (#16), Ferris (#24) and Northern Kentucky (#25) all cracked the rankings for the first time this season.  Southern Indiana, Hillsdale and Quincy (Ill.) are all listed among others receiving votes.

This week's ranking marks the first time the Bulldog men's basketball team has been listed among the nation's top 25 teams in the NABC poll since Feb. 28, 2006, when they also came in at number 24 nationally.

Overall, this week's showing represents the 22nd time the Bulldogs have been ranked in the top 25 going back to 1972.  It also marks the fifth time FSU has been ranked under current head coach Bill Sall.  He led FSU to as high as number 19 in 2004-05 en route to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen.  Prior to three national ranking appearances that season, Ferris had not been ranked nationally in nearly 16 years going back to 1989.

Ferris State is off to a 3-0 start this campaign with all three wins coming at home in Big Rapids, including two key triumphs against Midwest Regional opponents in St. Joseph's (Ind.) and Lewis (lll.).  St. Joseph's had been ranked 19th in the NABC Preseason Poll, but fell out of the rankings this week after its loss to FSU.

The nationally-ranked Bulldogs will try to keep their unbeaten streak on the line as they take part in the Owensboro (Ky.) Classic this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27, at the Owensboro Sports Center in Owensboro, Ky.  The Bulldogs face two more challenging regional foes with games against Drury (Mo.) on Friday (Nov. 26) and nationally-ranked host Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (Nov. 27).  Both tipoff at 9 p.m. (ET).

NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll
(Wednesday, November 23, 2010 -- Regular Season Poll #1)

The weekly poll is being conducted by eight members of the NABC Division II Congress, one representing each of the eight NCAA Division II regions.

All records are through games of Nov. 21, 2010. The next poll will be conducted on Nov. 30.


Team
Record
Points

1.
Cal Poly Pomona
1-0
200
(8 first place votes)
2.
Findlay
4-0
188
 
3.
Bellarmine
1-0
185
 
4.
Grand Valley State
2-0
176
 
5.
Winona State
3-0
165
 
6.
Tarleton State
3-0
151
 
7.
South Carolina Aiken
2-0
149
 
8.
Alabama-Huntsville
5-0
136
 
9.
West Liberty
3-0
134
 
10.
Central Oklahoma
5-0
124
 
11.
Metropolitan State
2-0
119
 
12.
Indiana (Pa.)
1-1
100
 
1 3.
Montevallo
2-0
84
 
14.
Central Missouri
3-0
66
 
15.
Rollins
3-1
50
 
16.
Kentucky Wesleyan
3-0
47
 
17.
Clark Atlanta
1-0
43
 
18.
Fort Hays State
4-0
40
 
19.
Cal State-Dominguez Hills
3-0
39
 
20.
Augusta State
3-0
34
 
21.
Florida Southern
1-2
31
 
22.
Arkansas Tech
2-1
29
 
23.
Bowie State
2-0
28
 
24.
Ferris State
3-0
27
 
25.
Northern Kentucky
3-0
24
 



 

Others receiving votes: Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 20, Midwestern State (Texas) 17, Mount Olive (N.C.) 15, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 14, Southern Indiana 14, Adelphi (N.Y.) 13, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 13, Augustana (S.D.) 12, Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 12, Stonehill (Mass.) 12, Hillsdale (Mich.) 11, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 10, Merrimack (Mass.) 10, Minnesota State 10, Saint Rose (N.Y.) 10, Virginia Union 10, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 6, West Virginia State 5, Bentley (Mass.) 4, Charleston (W.Va.) 4, Central Washington 3, Chaminade (Hawaii) 3, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 2, Quincy (Ill.) 1.

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