ASU Slips, Remains In Top 10

ASU Slips, Remains In Top 10

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State men's basketball squad slipped three spots Tuesday in the national rankings, landing at No. 7 in the ninth NABC poll of the regular season.

With the ranking, ASU has now appeared in the top 10 of the national poll for a school-record 13 consecutive weeks, dating back to last season, and has been ranked among the top 25 for a school-record 29 consecutive weeks, dating back to the 2006-07 campaign

The Jags posted a 2-1 record last week, falling 78-74 loss at 10th-ranked USC Aiken on Monday, Jan. 19 before bouncing back with double-digit wins over Francis Marion and Georgia Southwestern.

ASU earned the highest ranking in school history on Tuesday, Dec. 9 when the Jags moved up to No. 3 in the nation.

The Jags are one of four Peach Belt Conference teams among the top 25. Armstrong Atlantic State is No. 12, followed by USC Aiken at No. 14 and Georgia College & State at No. 24.

The last two undefeated teams in NCAA Division II – Findlay and LIU-C.W. Post – held the top two spots. Findlay (15-0) is No. 1 for the ninth consecutive week, while C.W. Post (14-0) won twice last week to stay second as did UCO (17-2) to remain third.

BYU-Hawaii (12-1) won its only game last week and moved to No. 4 after Augusta State's loss early last week at South Carolina Aiken that dropped the Jaguars to seventh. Alderson-Broaddus (14-1) moved into the top five, but had its 14-game winning streak ended Monday night at West Liberty State in a game that will not be reflected in the poll until next week.

Gannon heads the second five that also includes ASU, Bellarmine, Southwest Baptist and Stonehill, who leads the Northeast-10 Conference heading into a game Wednesday against a surging Bentley team. Northern Kentucky moved up three spots to No. 11 this week, followed by Armstrong Atlantic State, Minnesota State, South Carolina Aiken and Claflin.

The next five teams are led by two from the Gulf South Conference, Arkansas-Monticello and Christian Brothers, with Central Missouri, Southern Indiana and Winona State filling the next three slots.

The last five in this week's Top 25 include Benedict at No. 21, then Arkansas Tech, Northern State, Georgia College and State – the lone newcomer in the new rankings – and Catawba.

This week's schedule includes five head-to-head meetings between ranked teams, including Augusta State at Georgia College and State, Armstrong Atlantic State at South Carolina Aiken, Benedict at Claflin, Arkansas Tech at Arkansas-Monticello and Arkansas-Monticello at Christian Brothers.

The next poll will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 3.


NABC Coaches Poll
(as of January 27, 2009)

                                                Record             Points              Pvs

 1.        Findlay (Ohio) (8)                   16-0                200                 1
 2.        C.W. Post (N.Y.)                     14-0                192                 2
 3.        Central Oklahoma                     17-2                184                 3
 4.        BYU-Hawaii                           12-1                163                 5              
 5.        Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.)           14-1                162                 7
 6.        Gannon (Pa.)                         14-2                159                 8
 
7.        AUGUSTA STATE                        14-3                175                 4
 8.        Bellarmine (Ky.)                     16-2                148                 9
 9.        Southwest Baptist (Mo.)              15-3                137                 6
10.        Stonehill (Mass.)                    16-2                124                 13
11.        Northern Kentucky                    14-4                102                 14
12.        Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.)       14-2                100                 18
13.        Minnesota State                      17-4                97                  15
14.        USC Aiken                            12-4                94                  10
15.        Claflin (S.C.)                       15-1                83                  20
16.        Arkansas-Monticello                  15-3                81                  19
17.        Christian Brothers (Tenn.)           15-3                69                  12
18.        Central Missouri                     15-3                54                  24
19.        Southern Indiana                     17-4                53                  21
20.        Winona State (Minn.)                 16-5                47                  23
21.        Benedict (S.C.)                      12-2                42                  25
22.        Arkansas Tech                        14-4                34                  17
23.        Northern State (S.D.)                14-4                33                  16
24.        Georgia College & State              13-2                19                  NR
25.        Catawba (N.C.)                       13-5                17                  11


Others receiving votes: Grand Valley State (Mich.) 8, Florida Southern 7, Virginia Union 7, Valdosta State (Ga.) 6, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 5, Rollins (Fla.) 5, Cal State-Dominguez Hills 4, Angelo State (Texas) 4, Barton (N.C.) 2, Massachusetts-Lowell 2, Augustana (S.D.) 1, Bentley (Mass.) 1.

Records are through games of Jan. 25, 2009.

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