Bellarmine remains the only NCAA Division II team to hold the No. 1 ranking in the 2018-19 season as both national polls released today have the Knights in the top spot.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches DII Rankings again have Bellarmine as the unanimous No. 1 selection, and the National Media Poll puts the Knights in the top spot with 11 of 15 first-place votes.
Bellarmine won its only game last week in impressive fashion, routing a solid Christian Brothers team by 35 points to improve to 7-0 on the season. The Knights have plenty of company in the undefeated ranks as 11 teams still have unblemished records this season, including the top five in both polls. Following Bellarmine in the top five (in both polls) are Northwest Missouri State, Indiana (Pa.), Saint Anselm, and Valdosta State.
The Barry Buccaneers–the Knights’ next opponent–improved four spots in the NABC rankings to No. 12 this week while Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Lewis holds down the No. 12 position in the National Media poll.
The Knights are idle this week during Bellarmine’s final exams and return to action next Tuesday and Wednesday by hosting the Bellarmine Classic. The event will open with a Tuesday 5 p.m. contest between Southern Indiana and Northern Michigan followed by the Bellarmine-Barry matchup. Wednesday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. with Southern Indiana taking on Barry and the Knights close the Classic against Northern Michigan at 3 p.m. Heading into play this week, the four teams boast a combined record of 25-4.
|NABC/Division II Rankings|
(Dec. 11, 2018 – Regular Season Poll #4)
|1.||Bellarmine, Ky. (16)||7-0||400||1|
|2.||Northwest Missouri State||10-0||383||2|
|4.||Saint Anselm, N.H.||8-0||352||4|
|5.||Valdosta State, Ga.||8-0||337||6|
|6.||Nova Southeastern, Fla.||6-0||307||9|
|7.||UC San Diego||8-1||294||10|
|9.||Cal Poly Pomona||4-1||221||13|
|11.||Southern Nazarene, Okla.||9-1||206||5|
|13.||West Texas A&M||10-2||178||7|
|18.||West Liberty, W.Va.||7-2||130||8|
|21.||St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y.||8-1||91||23|
|23.||Saint Martin’s, Wash.||8-1||72||24|
|24.||St. Edward’s, Texas||9-1||70||NR|
|Others receiving votes: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 28, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 21, Western Washington 21, Point Loma (Calif.) 18, Texas A&M-Commerce 10, Western Oregon 5, Angelo State (Texas) 4, Catawba (N.C.) 4, Barton (N.C.) 3, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 3, Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) 3, Tarleton State (Texas) 3, Lynn (Fla.) 2, Belmont Abbey (N.C.) 1, Indianapolis (Ind.) 1, Lewis (Ill.) 1.|
Dropped out: Barton (20), Indianapolis (25).
Records are through games of Sunday, Dec. 9.
|D2SIDA Men’s Basketball|
National Media Poll
Week 5 – December 11, 2018
|2.||NW Missouri State (4)||364||10-0||2|
|6.||UC San Diego||291||8-1||8|
|10.||West Texas A&M||197||10-2||7|
|17.||St. Thomas Aquinas||121||8-1||21|
|21.||Cal Poly Pomona||92||4-1||T25|
|Others Receiving Votes (on more than one ballot):|
Barry – 22; Texas A&M-Commerce – 18; Washburn – 17; UNC Pembroke – 13; Morehouse – 7