1/16/2018 | Men's Basketball
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--After dropping its first game of the season on Saturday, Bellarmine slipped in both the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) and the D2SIDA (Division II Sports Information Directors of America) national polls this week, coming in at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively. Last week the Knights sat atop the D2SIDA rankings and were second in the NABC poll.
Several other top-ranked teams suffered defeats last week with Queens (N.C.) also dropping its first game. Like Bellarmine, the Royals had been No. 1 in one poll and No. 2 in the other. All told, half of the teams in last week's D2SIDA top 10 suffered losses with West Chester, UT-Permian Basin, and Barry joining Bellarmine and Queens as upset victims.
West Liberty took over the top spot in both national polls as the Hilltoppers ran their season record to 15-0 to remain one of just two teams in Division II that are still undefeated. Morehouse (No. 14/15) is the other unbeaten squad with a season record of 14-0. Defending national champion Northwest Missouri State is second in both rankings while Lincoln Memorial, which knocked off Queens, was the consensus No. 3 team.
Other Midwest Region teams in the rankings include Ferris State (No. 5/No.4), Findlay (No. 15/No. 14), Lake Superior State (No. 23-D2SIDA), and William Jewell (No. 25-NABC).
Bellarmine returns to action on Thursday night when it hosts Drury in an 8 p.m. contest.