Men's Basketball - Mon, Feb. 20, 2012

NAIA DIVISION II MEN'S BASKETBALL NATIONAL POLL No. 10

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Dakota State University men's basketball team made their fifth appearance in the tenth installment of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, announced by the national office Monday afternoon.  The Trojans received a vote after splitting a pair of road games in western South Dakota last weekend.

DSU (16-12 overall record) concluded their regular-season schedule last weekend on the road versus two NCAA Division II teams and former Dakota Athletic Conference foes.  The Trojans dropped a 74-42 double overtime thriller at Black Hills State on Feb. 17, but bounced back to defeat South Dakota Mines 79-74 on Feb. 18.

Dakota State finished the regular-season with 16 wins for the first time since 1992.  The Trojans had their first back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in more than 20 years.

Northwood (Fla.) returned back to the top of the national poll with 12 first-place votes.  Dordt (Iowa) ranks No. 2 with a 26-3 record.

DSU heads in the post-season play this weekend.  The Trojans are the No. 3 seed in the 2012 State Farm Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Basketball Tournament and will face No. 2 seed Valley City State (20-9, No. 25 in the national poll) in the semifinals.  Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at DSU Memorial Fieldhouse.  The championship game takes place on Sunday at 6 p.m.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.  The final regular-season Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll will be announced on Feb. 29.

At the conclusion of conference tournaments on Feb. 28, the 32-team national championship field will be announced on Feb. 29.  In addition, the bracket for the 21st annual Division II Men's Basketball National Championships will be released.

Below is the 10th edition of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll:

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES) 2011-12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Northwood (Fla.) (12) 27-3 373
2 4 Dordt (Iowa) (2) 26-3 358
3 1 Oregon Tech 26-4 344
4 3 Davenport (Mich.) 26-4 337
5 5 McPherson (Kan.) 27-3 330
6 6 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 25-5 312
7 8 Bellevue (Neb.) 25-5 300
8 9 Jamestown (N.D.) 24-5 292
9 10 Northwest (Wash.) 25-3 283
10 14 Indiana Wesleyan 20-10 257
11 13 Saint Thomas (Fla.) 21-7 248
12 15 Northwestern (Iowa) 22-6 242
13 7 Grace (Ind.) 21-7 225
14 17 Indiana Southeast 22-7 217
T15 12 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 22-7 195
T15 16 Saint Ambrose (Iowa) 22-8 195
17 11 Indiana East 23-6 182
18 19 Indiana Tech 22-6 170
19 15 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 20-9 150
20 21 Warner (Fla.) 21-9 138
21 23 Marian (Ind.) 18-9 137
22 22 Saint Mary (Kan.) 23-4 132
23 RV Cornerstone (Mich.) 19-11 89
24 RV Tennessee Wesleyan 21-9 86
25 19 Valley City State (N.D.) 20-9 83
Other receiving votes:  Saint Francis (Ind.) 79; Daemen (N.Y.) 49; Eastern Oregon 26; Morningside (Iowa) 21; Midland (Neb.) 19; Ashford (Iowa) 18; Cal Maritime 18; Southeastern (Fla.) 9; William Penn (Iowa) 3; Central Christian (Kan.) 3; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 3; Taylor (Ind.) 1; Madonna (Mich.) 1; Corban (Ore.) 1; Dakota State (S.D.) 1; Sterling (Kan.) 1; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1; Calumet (Ind.) 1; Reinhardt (Ga.) 1; Huntington (Ind.) 1.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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