(Jan. 15) -- Heading into play last week, there were six undefeated teams in NCAA Division II. That list was thinned over the last seven days as four of the six suffered losses during that span, resulting in a significant shift in this week’s NABC/Division II rankings.
In fact, not only did four of the six – which made up the top of last week’s rankings – drop contests, three additional top 10 teams also fell during the week as well to add to the reshuffling of the poll.
The top two teams in last week’s poll, Bellarmine and Northwest Missouri State, remained perfect and continue to lead the rankings, while the next two teams, Morehouse and St. Edward’s, reached their highest-ever point in the rankings at third and fourth, respectively.
However, Morehouse suffered a loss Monday night at Benedict, a result that is not reflected in this week’s rankings as only games played through Sunday are considered.
The four previous undefeated teams all dropped two spots apiece in the new poll, with Indiana (Pa.) coming in at No. 5, followed by Nova Southeastern, USC Aiken and Ashland. West Liberty moved back into the top 10 at No. 9, as did Queens (N.C.) in the 10th spot.
Point Loma also reached its highest point in the rankings as an NCAA Division II program as the Sea Lions moved up to 11th, followed by Findlay, UC San Diego, St. Thomas Aquinas and Saint Anselm.
West Texas A&M dropped eight spots this week to No. 16 following a loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville, while Lynn advanced four position to 17th. Bentley dropped to No. 18, while Chaminade moved up one to 19th and Texas A&M-Commerce rose four places to 20th after its win over then No. 23 Tarleton State in the only matchup last week of ranked teams.
The final five spots in this week’s poll are Valdosta State, Florida Southern, Saint Martin’s, Catawba and Southern Nazarene. Saint Martin’s is back in the top 25 after recently dropping out, while Catawba is ranked for the first time in nearly a decade; its last appearance came on Feb. 3, 2009.
This week’s national schedule features:
#17 Lynn at #6 Nova Southeastern, Wednesday
#10 Queens (N.C.) at #24 Catawba, Wednesday
#20 Texas A&M-Commerce at #16 West Texas A&M, Thursday
#11 Point Loma at #19 Chaminade, Thursday