Texas A&M University-Commerce Men’s Basketball Team Breaks Into National Rankings at No. 24

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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)
Record Points Last
1. Bellarmine, Ky. (16) 12-0 400 1
2. Northwest Missouri State 14-0 384 2
3. Indiana (Pa.) 13-0 367 3
4. Nova Southeastern 12-0 352 5
5. USC Aiken 12-0 336 6
6. Ashland 13-0 321 10
7. Morehouse 11-1 290 11
8. West Texas A&M 15-2 264 13
9. Saint Anselm 11-1 242 4
10. Bentley 13-1 241 15
11. St. Edward’s 13-1 212 22
12. West Liberty 9-2 205 16
13. Queens (N.C.) 13-2 204 17
14. Valdosta State 12-2 187 9
15. Southern Nazarene 12-2 170 19
16. Point Loma 12-2 155 24
17. Findlay 12-2 140 23
18. UC San Diego 13-3 123 14
19. St. Thomas Aquinas 11-2 92 18
20. Chaminade 11-2 73 12
21. Lynn 11-1 69 NR
22. Florida Southern 10-3 56 7
23. Tarleton 12-2 48 NR
24. A&M-COMMERCE 12-2 37 NR
25. UNC Pembroke 9-1 36 NR
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.

 

 

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