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Bellarmine men move up to #5 in nation

Bellarmine improves two spots in both national polls

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--A pair of solid road wins for Bellarmine last week coupled with several losses by top ranked teams translated to the Knights moving up two spots in both national polls. The Bellarmine now ranks No. 5 in the National Media Poll sponsored by D2SIDA and No. 9 in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll.

While West Liberty held onto the top spot by remaining undefeated on the season, both Angelo State and Queens lost for the first time this year and Minnesota State-Moorhead had its 16- game winning streak halted as all three high-ranking teams slipped in both polls allowing Bellamrine to move up.

Making the biggest move up the polls was Great Lakes Valley Conference member Southern Indiana, which vaulted from being outside the top 25 to garnering a No. 15 ranking in the media poll. The Screaming Eagles, who will visit the Knights on Monday, Jan. 18, remain unranked in the NABC poll. Conference mate Indianapolis is in the opposite situation. The Greyhounds moved up to No. 20 in the NABC poll, but are still outside the top 25 in the media rankings.

Other Midwest Region schools include Lake Superior State (No. 19 in both polls) and Ashland (No. 22, Media; No. 17 NABC).



NCAA Division II Media Poll, Sponsored by D2SIDA
January 12, 2016

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Record

Votes

Previous

1

West Liberty (12)

13-0

363

1

2

Midwestern State (2)

13-1

357

2

3

Augustana (S.D.)

13-1

351

5

4

Western Oregon

12-2

311

6

5

Bellarmine

11-2

304

7

6

Eckerd

12-1

279

8

T7

Lincoln Memorial

12-2

262

12

T7

MSU-Moorhead

17-2

262

3

9

Cal Poly Pomona

14-1

245

10

10

Tarleton State

13-2

237

15

11

Fairmont State

12-1

224

11

12

Saint Anselm (N.H.)

13-1

212

13

13

UC San Diego

12-2

210

14

14

Queens

12-1

185

9

15

Southern Indiana

12-2

146

RV

16

Wheeling Jesuit

13-1

113

22

17

Texas A&M-Commerce

12-2

103

NR

18

Delta State

11-3

95

25

19

Lake Superior State

12-2

90

16

20

Columbus State

11-2

86

17

21

Cal Baptist

14-2

80

RV

22

Ashland

12-2

67

21

23

Barry

11-2

54

RV

24

Minnesota Duluth

13-3

44

NR

25

Angelo State

12-2

42

4

Also receiving votes: St. Edward's (41), Holy Family (25), Indianapolis (22), Alabama-Huntsville (14), Minnesota State (10), Wisconsin-Parkside (10), University of Mary (10), Chico State (7), Lenoir-Rhyne (6), Seattle Pacific (4), Humboldt State (3), Southern Conn. State (1)

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Jan. 12, 2016 - Poll #7)

Record

Points

Last

1.

West Liberty, W.Va. (16)

13-0

400

1

2.

Augustana, S.D.

13-1

383

2

3.

Fairmont State, W.Va.

12-1

364

5

4.

Midwestern State, Texas

12-1

344

6

5.

Cal Poly Pomona

14-1

337

7

6.

Tarleton State, Texas

13-2

306

9

7.

Eckerd, Fla.

14-1

281

12

8.

California Baptist

14-2

279

10

9.

Bellarmine, Ky.

11-2

272

11

10.

MSU Moorhead

17-2

255

3

11.

Western Oregon

12-2

234

14

12.

Saint Anselm, N.H.

13-1

226

15

13.

Queens, N.C.

12-1

217

8

14.

UC San Diego

12-2

190

17

15.

Angelo State, Texas

12-2

177

4

16.

Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.

12-2

168

19

17.

Ashland, Ohio

12-2

128

21

18.

Fort Lewis, Colo.

12-2

119

16

19.

Lake Superior State, Mich.

12-2

104

13

20.

Indianapolis, Ind.

10-2

85

25

21.

Columbus State, Ga.

11-2

61

18

22.

Delta State, Miss.

12-3

55

NR

23.

Barry, Fla.

11-2

48

NR

24.

Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va.

13-1

39

NR

25.

Chico State, Calif.

12-3

31

20

Others receiving votes: Kentucky Wesleyan 25, Texas A&M-Commerce 13, Minnesota-Duluth 11, West Chester (Pa.) 9, St. Edward's (Texas) 7, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 5, Humboldt State (Calif.) 4, Alaska-Anchorage 3, Alabama-Huntsville 3, Arkansas-Fort Smith 2, Northwest Missouri State 2, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 1, Central Washington 1, Lindenwood (Mo.) 1, Southern Connecticut State 1, Wisconsin-Parkside 1.

Records are through games of Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016.

Dropped out: St. Edward's (23), Holy Family (24), Minnesota State (25).

Official release from Bellarmine sports information

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