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Two HBCUs land on Division II Preseason hoops poll

Morehouse and Virginia State expected to contend.

Two HBCUs land on Division II Preseason hoops poll

Believe it or not but the college basketball season is knocking on our door like a bunch of hungry trick or treaters. The National Association of Basketball Coaches released its Division II preseason poll on Tuesday and a couple of HBCUs gained recognition.

Virginia State is the highest-ranked HBCU in the preseason poll at no. 16.  The Trojans were 25-5 last season and the finished the season ranked no. 17, so not much change there. Morehouse, despite losing senior guard Ty Walker, is expected to contend again this season. A year after finishing 25-3 and being the last team in college basketball to lose a game last season, the Maroon Tigers come in at no. 17. They finished last season ranked tenth.

Other HBCUs receiving votes were Shaw and Claflin from the CIAA and Clark Atlanta from the SIAC.

 

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Oct. 30, 2018 – Pre-Season Poll)
Record Points Last
1. Bellarmine, Ky. (14) 29-3 398 4
2. West Liberty, W.Va. (1) 26-4 364 12
3. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 32-2 347 1
4. West Texas A&M 32-4 332 11
5. Northwest Missouri State (1) 27-4 277 5
6. Saint Anselm. N.H. 22-9 272 NR
7. Queens, N.C. 32-4 259 7
8. Indiana, Pa. 22-8 231 NR
9. Cal Poly Pomona 23-7 225 25
10. Southern Nazarene, Okla. 27-3 207 8
11. Valdosta State, Ga. 26-5 196 15
12. West Florida 28-4 195 9
13. Ferris State, Mich. 38-1 183 2
14. Western Washington 21-8 182 NR
15. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 27-6 162 NR
16. Virginia State 25-5 148 17
17. Morehouse, Ga. 25-3 138 10
18. St. Cloud State. Minn. 24-9 113 NR
19. Regis, Colo. 27-6 110 22
20. Southwest Minnesota State 25-9 93 NR
21. Dallas Baptist, Texas 26-6 92 16
22. Florida Southern 21-11 81 NR
23. Findlay, Ohio 28-5 75 13
24. UC San Diego 21-11 63 NR
25. Missouri Southern 20-10 58 NR
Others receiving votes: Clayton State (Ga.) 40, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 38, UNC Pembroke 35, Point Loma (Calif.) 34, Saint Martin’s (Wash.) 32, Northern State (S.D.) 27, Nova Southeastern (Fla.) 19, Barry (Fla.) 18, Minnesota State 18, Texas A&M-Commerce 17, Drury (Mo.) 13, Shaw (N.C.) 13, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 12, Dominican (N.Y.) 12, Ashland (Ohio) 11, Lees-McRae (N.C.) 13, Tarleton State (Texas) 10, Claflin (S.C.) 9, Daemen (N.Y.) 8, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 4, Merrimack (Mass.) 4, Chico State (Calif.)  3, King (Tenn.) 3, Clark Atlanta (Ga.) 2, Stanislaus State (Calif.) 2, Colorado School of Mines 1, Dixie State (Utah) 1.

Records are final from 2017-18 season.  Last ranking was from the final 2017-18 poll.

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