Men’s Basketball Climbs to Sixth in D2CCA Atlantic Region Preseason Poll

11/13/2017 | Men’s Basketball
KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University men’s basketball team won its season opener Saturday night and then saw a rise in its ranking, coming in at sixth in the latest Division Two Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) Atlantic Region poll, released on Monday.

The Golden Bears (1-0 overall) defeated Penn State Schuylkill 135-80 last Saturday, Nov. 11, and in doing so climbed two spots from eighth in the preseason poll to sixth in the second week of the poll.

KU set program records for points in a game (135), assists (40), 3-pointers made (17) and field goal percentage (68.0%).

Four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) teams appeared in the top-10, including 

Shippensburg (2-0) in first with five of the six first-place votes.

Wheeling Jesuit (2-0) received the other first-place vote and was tied in the second spot with Fairmont State (2-0). Virginia State (2-0) and West Liberty (2-0) came in at fourth and fifth respectively.

After Kutztown, Virginia Union (1-1), IUP (1-3), East Stroudsburg (0-0) and Bowie State (1-1) round out the top-10.

PSAC members Millersville, Gannon, California (Pa.), Pitt-Johnstown and Slippery Rock are receiving votes, along with Concord and Notre Dame (OH).

D2CCA will sponsor regional and national basketball polls this season for the fourth time. The regional poll is determined by a six-man committee comprised of two representatives from each of the region’s three conferences (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Mountain East and CIAA). The national poll, with two sports information director representatives from each of the eight NCAA Division II regions, will be released each Tuesday, beginning tomorrow, Nov. 7.

It is important to note that this is not the official poll that will ultimately decide who makes the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season.

Kutztown’s next game is Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Keystone Arena against the University of the Sciences.

Rank Team (first place votes) Points
1 Shippensburg (5) 56
2 Wheeling Jesuit (1) 50
2 Fairmont State 50
4 Virginia State 45
5 West Liberty 36
6 Kutztown 23
7 Virginia Union 18
8 Indiana (Pa.) 16
9 East Stroudsburg 8
10 Bowie State 6
RV: Millersville (4), Concord (4), Gannon (3), California (2), Pitt-Johnstown (1), Notre Dame (1), Slippery Rock (1)

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