Grizzlies regionally ranked
INDIANAPOLISó After advancing to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in school history last year, the Adams State College menís basketball team is in position to make a run at it again in 2007-08.
The Grizzlies were ranked ninth in the North Central Region in the first set of regional rankings that were announced by the NCAA Division II Menís Basketball Committee, Wednesday.
The Grizzlies are 12-5 against NCAA Division II competition and have an 11-5 mark in in-region contests, which include those against opponents from neighboring states. ASC is also a perfect 3-0 against teams ranked in the top 10 of the eight regions and hold wins over Minnesota State, Mankato and Colorado Christian, ranked fourth and eighth in the North Central Region, respectively. The Grizzlies have also defeated West Texas A&M, ranked sixth in the South Central Region.
ASC, under the direction of first-year coach Mark Murdock, hosts two key games this weekend taking on Mesa State on Friday and Fort Lewis on Saturday. Mesa State, which plays is currently a game behind the Grizzlies in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division standings. Fort Lewis is ranked sixth in the regional rankings and currently leads the RMAC West Division and overall standings with a 10-1 conference mark. The Skyhawks are 12-3 against Division II competition and 11-2 in regional contests.
Winona State (Minn.), which won the 2006 National Championship before advancing to the 2007 National Title game, is ranked first in the regional rankings with a perfect 18-0 mark against Division II foes.
Northern State (S.D.) is ranked second while South Dakota is third. Augustana (S.D.) is ranked fifth behind Minnesota State, Mankato while Nebraska-Omaha is tabbed seventh. Southwest Minnesota State rounds out the top 10.
The regional rankings will be updated each Wednesday through the end of the regular season.
Jan. 30 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Regional Rankings
with NCAA Division II overall and region records
1. Winona State (Minn.)- 18-0; 14-0
2. Northern State (S.D.)- 13-2; 12-2
3. South Dakota- 12-1; 7-1
4. Minnesota State, Mankato- 12-4; 9-3
5. Augustana (S.D.)- 13-4; 10-4
6. Fort Lewis- 12-3; 11-2
7. Nebraska-Omaha- 12-3; 9-3
8. Colorado Christian- 10-5; 9-4
9. Adams State- 12-5; 11-5
10. Southwest Minnesota State- 10-8; 10-5