LMU Railsplitters Now Top 5 In National Polls
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Lincoln Memorial men's hoops team moved up to No. 5 in the most recent NABC/Division II top 25 national rankings, which were released by National Association of Basketball Coaches officials on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Additionally, the Railsplitters jumped two spots to No. 4 in the Division II Media Poll. The Railsplitters (18-2) stayed perfect in South Atlantic Conference play and extended their winning streak to eight games this past week by securing a couple of hard-fought victories over Carson-Newman and Lenoir-Rhyne. SAC Player of the Week Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) powered Lincoln Memorial's 100-89 win at Carson-Newman by burying a school record 10 three-pointers and scoring a career-high 38 points. The Railsplitters shot 58.1 percent in that contest and hit at least 16 triples in a game for the second time this season to complete the sweep over the Eagles. In Saturday's 86-75 win over Lenoir-Rhyne, who entered that contest ranked 24th in the Division II Media Poll, the Railsplitters overcame an 18-point deficit to sweep the season series from the Bears. Lincoln Memorial shot 52.8 percent in that contest and went 24-for-30 from the free-throw line. Gerel Simmons (Accokeek, Md.) led the way with 23 points. The Railsplitters have now spent 84 consecutive weeks in the NABC/Division II top 25 poll, which trails only No. 6 West Liberty for the longest active and all-time streak in the history of the DII rankings. This marks LMU's 20th week over that span in the poll's top five. Lincoln Memorial is one of three SAC programs represented in both national polls, as Queens checks in at No. 13 in the NABC poll and No. 14 in the Division II Media. Wingate, who the Railsplitters face on Saturday, is receiving votes in the NABC poll and ranked 25th in the Division II Media. The Railsplitters return to action on Wednesday, February 3 when they host the Brevard Tornados at 8 p.m. With a win, LMU would match its 2010-11 and 2014-15 teams for the best SAC start in conference history.
NABC/Division II Rankings (Feb. 2, 2016 - Poll #10) 1. Augustana, S.D. (15) 2. Fairmont State, W.Va. (1) 3. Western Oregon 4. Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va. 5. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 6. West Liberty, W.Va. 7. Saint Anselm. N.H. 8. MSU Moorhead 9. Bellarmine, Ky. 10. UC San Diego 11. Midwestern State, Texas 12. Angelo State, Texas 13. Queens, N.C. 14. Chico State, Calif. 15. Fort Lewis, Colo. 16. Eckerd, Fla. 17. Barry, Fla. 18. Cal Poly Pomona 19. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 20. West Chester, Pa. 21. Saginaw Valley State, Mich. 22. Kentucky Wesleyan 23. Wisconsin-Parkside 24. Northwest Missouri State 25. Ashland, Ohio Others receiving votes: Ferris State (Mich.) 20, Alabama-Huntsville 18, Southern Connecticut State 11, California Baptist 10, Tarleton State (Texas) 9, Wingate (N.C.) 9, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 6, Bentley (Mass.) 5, Indianapolis (Ind.) 5, Lander (S.C.) 5, Findlay (Ohio) 4, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 1, Stillman (Ala.) 1 Dropped out: Azusa Pacific (19), Tarleton State (22), California Baptist (23), Ferris State (25).
NCAA Division II Media Poll, Presented by D2SIDA National Poll (Week 11, February 2) 1. Augustana (S.D.) (15) 2. Western Oregon 3. Fairmont State 4. Lincoln Memorial 5. Angelo State 6. Wheeling Jesuit 7. Bellarmine 8. MSU-Moorhead 9. Saint Anselm (N.H.) 10. Berry (Fla.) 11. Midwestern State 12. West Liberty 13. UC San Diego 14. Queens 15. Eckerd 16. Chico State 17. Saginaw Valley State 18. Fort Lewis 19. Wisconsin-Parkside 20. Southern Conn. State 21. Seattle Pacific 22. Northwest Missouri State 23. Tarleton State 24. Alabama-Huntsville 25. Wingate Also receiving votes: Ferris State (25), Bentley (23), Concordia-Irvine (21), Indiana (Pa.) (19), Cal Poly Pomona (16), Indianapolis (8), Rogers State (6), West Chester (5), Columbus State (4), Holy Family (3), Cal Baptist (1)