UNCP Men’s Basketball To Open Regular Season With National Ranking

UNCP Men’s Basketball To Open Regular Season With National Ranking

BEAVERTON, Ore. – The UNC Pembroke men's basketball team found itself back in familiar territory on Tuesday morning when the Braves checked into the No. 23 position in the Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 poll.

It is the first preseason ranking for the Black & Gold since the 2015-16 campaign when it was listed 10th in the Division II Bulletin Top 25 and 13th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) ranking. The Braves were ranked No. final regular season edition of the D2SIDA.com Top 25 in March.

UNCP is one of just three teams from the NCAA Southeast Region included in any of the four preseason polls. Queens is No. 2 in all four preseason rankings, while Lincoln Memorial ranks among the nation's top seven teams in all four polls as well.

The D2SIDA.com Preseason Top 25 is expected to be released later next week.

UNCP will continue the preseason exhibition portion of its 2017-18 schedule on Friday when it makes the long trek to Omaha, Neb., to take on 2016-17 NCAA Tournament participant Creighton at Centurylink Center Omaha. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT).

2017-18 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25
Rank Team 2016-17 Record
1 Northwest Missouri St. 35-1
2 Queens (N.C.) 30-4
3 St. Thomas Aquinas 28-6
4 Shippensburg 27-4
5 Chico State 26-8
6 Bellarmine 32-4
7 Lincoln Memorial 30-6
8 Indiana (Pa.) 28-4
9 Colorado Mines 30-5
10 Rollins 24-11
11 UT-Permian Basin 26-6
12 Ferris State 28-5
13 Cal Baptist 26-5
14 Southwest Minnesota St. 28-6
15 Merrimack 19-12
16 Barry 23-7
17 Fort Lewis 26-7
18 West Liberty 28-4
19 Indianapolis 16-12
20 Arkansas-Monticello 23-7
21 West Texas A&M 26-9
22 Delta State 23-9
23 UNC Pembroke 24-8
24 Western Washington 25-6
25 Kentucky Wesleyan 28-3