AIKEN, S.C. – With the University of South Carolina Aiken’s women’s basketball team vaulting into the top 10 this week the athletic department at USC Aiken has moved into elite company. The Pacers are now part of a rare group of seven institutions across the nation in all NCAA Divisions that has both their men’s and women’s basketball teams ranked inside of the top 10 currently.
The Pacers men’s basketball team is ranked second in the country, while the women’s basketball team at USC Aiken is ranked seventh in Division II. The rankings are the highest ever for both programs in the regular season.
USC Aiken is the only program in NCAA Division II to have both their men’s and women’s basketball programs ranked in the top 10.
NCAA Division I currently has five institutions with their men’s and women’s programs both inside the top 10 led by North Carolina and Connecticut. The men’s team at North Carolina is No. 1 in the nation, while the men’s team at Connecticut is No. 2. On the women’s side, Connecticut is No. 1 and the Tar Heel women are No. 2.
The Oklahoma Sooners are currently ranked sixth on both the men’s and women’s side in the latest NCAA Division I polls. Texas is ranked eighth in the country in men’s basketball, while the Longhorn women are rated ninth in the nation. Tennessee is the fifth and final D-I school inside the top 10 on both the men’s and women’s side with Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols ranked seventh and Bruce Pearl’s men’s team at Tennessee ranked 10th.
In NCAA Division III, Wisconsin-Whitewater is the only school with both the men’s and women’s programs ranked inside of the top 10. The Wisconsin-Whitewater women are ranked first in the nation and the men’s program at UW-Whitewater is second in D3.