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Bellarmine ranked #10 in Division II preseason Top 25

Knights crack top 10 in NABC preseason rankings

11/6/2014 | Men's Basketball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Bellarmine University men's basketball team is getting a lot of preseason attention from the pollsters, and latest rankings--just released today from the National Association of Basketball Coaches--have the Knights in the No. 10 position.

West Liberty, who lost in the national final a year ago, received half of the first place votes and got the nod as the top-ranked team to begin the year. The Hilltoppers, who made their first appearance in the title game last March, led the nation in scoring for the eighth time in nine years last season.

Southern Connecticut State continued its surge last season and took a 19-game winning streak to the Elite Eight before falling in the national quarterfinals. After UCM knocked off Southern Connecticut, it took down Metropolitan State in a thrilling semifinal contest.

Despite losing a talented senior class, Metro State is ranked third heading into the year, followed by a pair of regional finalists from 2013-14, East Stroudsburg at No. 4 and Montevallo at No. 5. Four of the top five teams in the pre-season poll received at least one first place vote.

Drury earned its second straight trip to the Elite Eight last season before losing to West Liberty in the quarterfinals and comes into the new season ranked sixth. Minnesota State was picked seventh in the pre-season, followed by Cal Poly Pomona - who also got one first place vote - Florida Southern and Bellarmine.

Western Washington missed the NCAA Tournament last year after two straight Elite Eight appearances that included the 2012 national title, but is expected by many to return among the top teams in the nation. The Vikings were picked 11th, followed by Tarleton State, Delta State, Philadelphia and Indiana (Pa.).

In the 16th spot in the pre-season poll is Findlay, who was bumped off in overtime by conference rival Lake Superior State in the Midwest Regional's opening round. The Oilers are followed by the third member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the rankings, Lewis, while UC-Colorado Springs checks is No. 18.

Chico State and South Carolina Aiken - who faced off in the national quarterfinals a year ago - are 19th and 20th, respectively. The final five teams in the pre-season poll are Saint Anselm, Seattle Pacific, Lincoln Memorial and Pacific West Conference rivals Cal Baptist and Dixie State.

The first regular season ranking will be released Nov. 25.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Nov. 6, 2014 - Pre-Season Rankings)









Record

Points

Last

1.

West Liberty, W.Va. (8)

31-4

385

7

2.

Southern Connecticut St.

30-3

364

4

3.

Metropolitan State, Colo. (4)

32-2

361

1

4.

East Stroudsburg, Pa. (1)

30-2

344

2

5.

Montevallo, Ala. (2)

26-6

325

18

6.

Drury, Mo.

28-4

296

8

7.

Minnesota State

30-5

277

9

8.

Cal Poly Pomona (1)

22-7

264

24

9.

Florida Southern

26-4

242

10

10.

Bellarmine, Ky.

23-8

218

NR

11.

Western Washington

20-8

192

NR

12.

Tarleton State, Texas

28-3

188

3

13.

Delta State, Miss.

26-7

182

NR

14.

Philadelphia, Pa.

25-7

180

NR

15.

Indiana, Pa.

24-5

170

15

16.

Findlay, Ohio

24-5

147

21

17.

Lewis, Ill.

21-6

142

NR

18.

Colo.-Colorado Springs

21-9

105

NR

19.

Chico State, Calif.

25-8

89

19

20.

South Carolina Aiken

33-4

84

5

21.

Saint Anselm, N.H.

22-8

76

NR

22.

Seattle Pacific, Wash.

26-6

60

11

23.

Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.

28-3

59

6

24.

Cal Baptist

24-4

43

17

25.

Dixie State, Utah

21-7

41

NR






Others receiving votes: Kentucky Wesleyan 39, Central Missouri 34, GRU Augusta 34, Limestone (S.C.) 25, Barry (Fla.) 23, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 21, St. Mary's (Texas) 21, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 20, Arkansas-Fort Smith 18, Alaska-Anchorage 17, Midwestern State (Texas) 15, Arkansas Tech 14, Michigan Tech 14, Augustana (S.D.) 11, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 9, Washburn (Kan.) 9, Angelo State (Texas) 7, Harding (Ark.) 6, Newberry (S.C.) 6, Alabama-Huntsville 5, Benedict (S.C.) 3, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 3, Cal State-Stanislaus 2, Texas A&M-Commerce 2, Cal State-San Bernardino 1, Indianapolis (Ind.) 1, Minnesota State-Moorhead 1,

Records are final from the 2013-14 season.

Last ranking listed is from the final NABC/Division II poll of the 2013-14 season.

Official release from Bellarmine sports information

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