January 16th, 2013
Bellarmine Slips to 12th in New NABC Poll
Knights fall in the poll after two losses
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bellarmine's two road losses last week led to the Knights dropping eight spots to the No. 12 position in the new NABC/Division rankings released today.
West Liberty retained the top spot, but the Hilltoppers' stay at the top is likely to next week following their 101-96 loss Monday at Charleston (only games through Sunday are factored into the rankings). However, setbacks by three other top 10 teams a week ago have created the first significant shuffling at the top end of the rankings for the first time this year.
The next four teams in the rankings are the four remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division II following Monday's action, headed by Metropolitan State. Western Washington moved up two spots to third, as did Great Lakes Valley Conference foes Kentucky Wesleyan and Indianapolis to fourth and fifth, respectively, heading into their showdown Thursday in Owensboro, Ky.
Seattle Pacific, Cal Poly Pomona and Minnesota State all moved up as well to occupy the next three spots, while Alabama-Huntsville dropped six places after its loss on Saturday. Washburn jumped three places to No. 10 and Winston-Salem State vaulted six spots to No. 11 to begin the second ten. Bellarmine checks in at No. 12, followed by Adams State, Newman and Southern Indiana.
Indiana (Pa.) is ranked 16th this week, with Fort Lewis, Lincoln Memorial, Barton and Florida Southern. Saint Leo, who bumped off Florida Southern a week ago, is right behind the Moccasins at No. 21 and is one of three Sunshine State Conference schools among the last six in this week's Top 25 as Rollins is at No. 24 this week. The last four teams in this week's poll are Franklin Pierce, Assumption, Rollins and Dominican (N.Y.), making its first-ever appearance in the rankings as an NCAA Division II institution.