January 10th, 2018

Knights ascend to No. 1/2 in national polls

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Knights ascend to No. 1/2 in national polls
photo provided by Bellarmine athletics

The Bellarmine men's basketball is ranked No. 1 in the nation by the D2SIDA poll released Tuesday afternoon, marking the first time Bellarmine has ascended to the top spot in the history of the D2SIDA poll. In the other national poll--the NABC Division II Coaches Poll--the Knights moved up one spot to No. 2.

The last time Bellarmine was ranked No. 1 in the nation was during the 2011-12 season by the NABC.

Northwest Missouri State fell from the top spot in both polls after suffering its first loss of the season last week to Missouri Southern. The Bearcats' loss set the stage for two No. 1 teams with Bellarmine heading the D2SIDA poll and Queens (of Charlotte, North Carolina) taking the lead position in this week's NABC poll.

Bellarmine and Queens are two of four remaining undefeated teams in Division II.  Also unbeaten this season are West Liberty and Morehouse.  West Chester fell from the ranks of the undefeated last night, but that loss is not reflected in this week's rankings.

The Knights are the sole ranked team from the Great Lakes Valley Conference while the Midwest Region is also represented by Ferris State (6/7), Findlay (15/16), and Lake Superior State (T23/RV).  William Jewell of the GLVC is receiving votes in the NABC poll.


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