A&M-Commerce hosts battle of nationally ranked teams with No. 23 Tarleton on Thursday
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team is ranked No. 24 in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Division II Top 25 poll, entering the rankings for the first time this season, as announced by the NABC Tuesday.
The Lions have an overall record of 12-2 with a 4-0 Lone Star Conference record, and have won seven consecutive contests, dating back to Thanksgiving weekend. This is A&M-Commerce’s first appearance in the rankings since January 30, 2018. Since joining Division II, this is the Lions’ 37th week in the national top 25.
A&M-Commerce is one of four teams to move from unranked into the top 25 this week, including this week’s only opponent – the Tarleton Texans – who are ranked No. 23, one spot above the Lions. Also ranked from the Lone Star Conference is West Texas A&M at No. 8 nationally. The trio of teams all sit on two losses entering play this week.
The A&M-Commerce vs. Tarleton matchup is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Field House.
|NABC/Division II Rankings
(Jan. 8, 2019 – Regular Season Poll #6)
|1.||Bellarmine, Ky. (16)||12-0||400||1|
|2.||Northwest Missouri State||14-0||384||2|
|8.||West Texas A&M||15-2||264||13|
|18.||UC San Diego||13-3||123||14|
|19.||St. Thomas Aquinas||11-2||92||18|
|Others receiving votes: Saint Martin’s 33, Daemen 19, Shippensburg 19, Washburn 17, Lewis 15, Missouri Southern 12, Catawba 10, Chowan 10, Colorado School of Mines 8, Minnesota State 8, Cal State East Bay 6, Concord (W.Va.) 6, Fairmont State 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Belmont Abbey 5, Davenport 4, Northern State 4, Northwest Nazarene 4, Lincoln (Mo.) 2, Lincoln Memorial 2.
Dropped out: Cal Poly Pomona (8), Missouri Southern (20), Saint Martin’s (21), Shippensburg (25).
Records are through games of Sunday, Jan. 6.