LMU Railsplitters Still Ranked Top Four in National Polls
HARROGATE, Tenn. - For the second week in a row, the Lincoln Memorial University men's basketball team is ranked No. 4 in the NABC/Division II poll and No. 2 in the D2SIDA top 25 rankings, which were both released on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 28. The Railsplitters (5-0) are one of 33 teams left in the nation without a loss yet this season.
Lincoln Memorial improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season last Saturday, outscoring the Virginia-Wise Cavaliers by 32 points over the final 18 minutes to secure a 106-75 victory at Tex Turner Arena. With that 31-point margin of victory, the Railsplitters have now won all five games this season by at least 20 points to rank third in the nation in scoring margin. The top six remained completely unchanged in this week's NABC poll, as Northwest Missouri State retained the No. 1 spot and was followed by Queens, Bellarmine, Lincoln Memorial and Ferris State. Colorado School of Mines, West Liberty, West Texas A&M, Wheeling Jesuit and Christian Brothers rounded out the top 10. In this week's D2SIDA poll, the Railsplitters sit immediately behind unanimous No. 1 Northwest Missouri State. The rest of the top 10 consists of No. 3 Ferris State, No. 4 Bellarmine, No. 5 Queens, No. 6 Wheeling Jesuit, No. 7 Arkansas-Fort Smith, No. 8 Christian Brothers, No. 9 West Texas A&M and No. 10 Western Oregon. Lincoln Memorial and Queens are no longer the only two South Atlantic Conference teams represented in the national rankings, as Carson-Newman jumped to No. 20 in the D2SIDA poll and No. 23 in the NABC/Division II rankings. The Railsplitters face Carson-Newman for the first time on January 17, four days after the initial meeting against Queens on January 13. Through five games, the Railsplitters are boasting the nation's ninth-best scoring offense with 95.2 points per game. In addition to that, Lincoln Memorial is ranked ninth in rebounding margin, third in field-goal percentage and 20th in field-goal percentage defense. The Railsplitters are dishing out the 17th-most assists per game and scarfing up the sixth-most defensive rebounds per contest in the country. Winners of five straight South Atlantic Conference regular-season titles and six of the last seven overall, the Railsplitters open conference play on Wednesday night with a trip to Tusculum. Tip off is set for 8 p.m. in Greeneville, Tenn.
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