Monday, November 24, 2014

Bellarmine University Ranked No. 6 in New DII Media Poll

Bellarmine University is ranked No. 6 in a new NCAA Division II media poll sponsored by D2SIDA.

Kentucky Wesleyan College received votes but did not crack the top 25 this week.

Here is a release from BU:

WICHITA, Kan. - The Bellarmine University men's basketball team is ranked sixth in the inaugural NCAA Division II National Media Poll, sponsored by D2SIDA, and is the top ranked team in the Midwest Region in the new weekly polls that were released Wednesday.

D2SIDA is a division of the national College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA). Two members represent each of the eight NCAA regions and also make up the 16-member voting panel for the weekly national poll, which is in its inaugural season.

The Knights, who are preseason ranked 10th in the NABC/Division II Coaches' Poll, opened the 2014-15 season by posting back-to-back road victories over a pair of teams from GLIAC. Bellarmine opened its season with an 84-67 win over Northwood on Nov. 14 and defeated Saginaw Valley 81-71 the following day.

If the new poll is any indication, the Knights may be facing one of the nation's toughest schedules as Bellarmine must tangle with the teams ranked Nos. 7, 8, 9, 11 and 20 (Florida Southern, Christian Brothers, Drury, Lewis, and Findlay, respectively.)

West Liberty is the top team in the poll as the Hilltoppers received nine first place votes and 295 points in the poll. Southern Connecticut State is No. 2 as they earned a first place vote and 277 points, while Metro State is third as they earned 276 points. Defending Division II National Champion Central Missouri, who earned two first place votes and Cal Poly Pomona are tied for fourth in the inaugural poll.

2014-15 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Nov. 18)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Votes Previous Ranking
1 West Liberty (W. Va.) (9) 295 NR
2 Southern Connecticut State (1) 277 NR
3 Metropolitan State (Colo.) 276 NR
T4 Central Missouri (2) 242 NR
T4 Cal Poly Pomona 242 NR
6 Bellarmine (Ky.) 239 NR
7 Florida Southern 216 NR
8 Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 196 NR
9 Drury (Mo.) 185 NR
10 Tarleton State (Texas) 182 NR
11 Lewis (Ill.) 165 NR
12 Western Washington 150 NR
13 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 147 NR
14 Indiana (Pa.) 146 NR
15 Minnesota State-Moorhead 113 NR
16 Chico State (Calif.) 104 NR
17 Saint Anselm (N.H.) 89 NR
18 Minnesota State 83 NR
19 Georgia Regents 82 NR
20 Findlay (Ohio) 66 NR
21 Texas A&M-Commerce 63 NR
22 Barry (Fla.) 51 NR
23 Delta State (Miss.) 44 NR
24 East Stroundsburg (Pa.) 41 NR
25 Bowie State (Md.) 39 NR

Also receiving votes: UC-Colorado Springs, Montevalla (Ala.), Mount Olive (N.C.), Le Moyne (N.Y.), Alabama-Huntsville, Chaminade (Hawaii), Kentucky Wesleyan, Southwest Minnesota State, Angelo State (Texas), Augustana (S.D.), Philadelphia, Fairmont State (W. Va.), California Baptist, St. Edward's (Texas), Dixie State (Utah), Central Oklahoma, Newberry (S.C.)

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