LMU Railsplitters Still No. 1 in Both National Polls
HARROGATE, Tenn. - After extending its overall winning streak to 10 games with two more dominant victories last week, Lincoln Memorial University stayed put at No. 1 in this week's NABC/Division II poll and D2SIDA media rankings. The Railsplitters (21-1) are also riding a 29-game South Atlantic Conference winning streak, a nation-leading 18-game road winning streak and a 19-game winning streak at Tex Turner Arena.
LMU blasted Mars Hill 100-68 last Wednesday and followed that up with a 117-95 triumph over Newberry on Saturday to remain perfect in SAC play. The two wins also put the Railsplitters on the cusp of breaking the league record for longest-ever SAC winning streak. The Railsplitters will travel to Anderson on Wednesday night, Feb. 7 to face the Trojans, and a victory would give the program a record-breaking 30th straight SAC victory. That would reset the previous conference record of 29 that Lincoln Memorial set from 2014-16. The top 10 of the NABC poll remains mostly intact from last week. The Railsplitters earned 14 of the 16 first-place votes to finish a distant No. 1 ahead of Queens, Ferris State, Western Oregon, West Liberty and Northwest Missouri State. Ferris State and Western Oregon received the other two first-place votes. No. 7 Bellarmine, No. 8 West Texas A&M, No. 9 Valdosta State and No. 10 Southern Nazarene rounded out the top 10. The top six of the D2SIDA media rankings are also completely unchanged from a week ago, as the Railsplitters received 14 of the 16 first-place votes to hold at No. 1. Lincoln Memorial was followed by No. 2 Ferris State, No. 3 Queens, No. 4 West Liberty, No. 5 Western Oregon and No. 6 Northwest Missouri State. Ferris State and Western Oregon received the other two first-place votes in that poll as well, while No. 7 West Texas A&M, No. 8 Bellarmine, No. 9 Valdosta State and No. 10 Southern Nazarene rounded out the top 10. Carson-Newman is the only other SAC team represented in the media rankings at No. 24. After Wednesday night's road game with Anderson, the Railsplitters travel to Wingate, N.C. on Saturday to face the Wingate Bulldogs.
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