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Virginia State, Morehouse move up in polls, Claflin is knocking

Tigers and Panthers will soon clash in the SIAC.

Virginia State, Morehouse move up in polls, Claflin is knocking

The best of the CIAA and the SIAC continue to move up in the NABC Division II Basketball Poll. They soon may have company. Virginia State (13-1) moved up four spots to number 13 in the latest poll released on Tuesday.  Meanwhile, unbeaten Morehouse (13-0) continues to impress the voters, its now up to number 20, five spots ahead of last week’s ranking.

Claflin is coming

The team most likely to enter the poll next week with its current trajectory is Claflin University.  The CU Panthers (16-1) received 30 points in the voting, the most of any team not currently ranked. The Panthers have won 15 games in a row since losing the second game of the season on November 11.

The road ahead

The Trojans have won six in a row and are heading into a big rivalry game this weekend versus Virginia Union in the Richmond Freedom Classic. Morehouse may have the most daunting schedule over the next three games. After Saturday’s matchup with Albany State, the Maroon Tigers will host back to back games with Claflin and Benedict College. Along with Clark Atlanta, those schools currently make up a four-headed monster in the SIAC East.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Queens (N.C.) (13) 15-0 392 2
2 Bellarmine (3) 13-0 387 3
3 West Liberty 13-0 368 4
4 Northwest Missouri State 13-1 343 1
5 Lincoln Memorial 14-1 342 6
6 UT-Permian Basin 12-1 320 8
7 Ferris State 16-1 299 10
8 West Texas A&M 14-1 287 11
9 Northern State (S.D.) 16-1 256 13
10 Western Oregon 13-1 253 14
11 Barry 10-2 210 7
12 Texas A&M-Commerce 13-1 198 18
13 Virginia State 13-1 189 17
14 Arkansas-Fort Smith 14-1 183 9
15 West Florida 13-1 150 15
16 Findlay 16-2 129 21
17 West Chester 12-0 126 23
18 Christian Brothers 12-2 119 5
19 Wheeling Jesuit 12-2 116 19
20 Morehouse 13-0 100 25
21 Fort Lewis 13-2 95 20
22 Colorado School of Mines 12-2 93 12
23 Dallas Baptist 12-2 59 16
24 California Baptist 12-2 44 NR
25 Cal Poly Pomona 10-2 35 NR
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