The Bellarmine men’s basketball team will head into the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament as the No. 4 team in the country, as the National Association of Basketball Coaches released its final poll of the season today with no movement in the top four.
Lincoln Memorial remained in the top spot, followed by Ferris State and Western Oregon ahead of the Knights. Of the eight teams competing in the Midwest Regional, three are ranked with Findlay checking in at No. 13 to join Bellarmine and Ferris State in the top 25.
The Knights will open NCAA play on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a rematch of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship game against the Truman State Bulldogs.
|NABC/Division II Rankings
(March 6, 2018 – Final Poll)
|1.||Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. (13)||30-1||397||1|
|2.||Ferris State, Mich. (1)||32-1||380||2|
|3.||Western Oregon (2)||29-1||372||3|
|5.||Northwest Missouri State||27-3||335||7|
|6.||Northern State, S.D.||31-3||308||9|
|8.||Southern Nazarene, Okla.||27-2||281||10|
|11.||West Texas A&M||28-3||254||13|
|12.||West Liberty, W.Va.||26-3||203||8|
|14.||Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va.||26-5||173||21|
|15.||Valdosta State, Ga.||26-4||168||14|
|16.||Dallas Baptist, Texas||26-5||148||22|
|19.||UT-Permian Basin, Texas||24-6||83||20|
|20.||Dixie State, Utah||23-6||78||NR|
|24.||Le Moyne, N.Y.||24-6||52||NR|
|25.||Cal Poly Pomona||23-6||49||19|
|Others receiving votes: UNC Pembroke (N.C.) 46, Claflin (S.C.) 39, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 16, Clark Atlanta (Ga.) 14, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 12, West Chester (Pa.) 5, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 2, Southwest Minnesota State 2, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 1, Saint Martin’s (Wash.) 1, St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) 1.
Dropped out: Clark Atlanta, West Chester, Fort Lewis.
Records are through games of March 4, 2018.