AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta State men’s basketball squad jumped three spots Tuesday in the national rankings, improving to No. 4 in the eighth NABC poll of the regular season.
With the ranking, ASU has now appeared in the top 10 of the national poll for a school-record 12 consecutive weeks, dating back to last season, and has been ranked among the top 25 for a school-record 28 consecutive weeks, dating back to the 2006-07 campaign. ASU has been ranked among the top five six times in school history, including five weeks this season.
The Jags posted a 2-1 record last week, claiming a 78-60 victory at Lander on Wednesday, Jan. 14 and a 107-100 double overtime win at North Georgia last Saturday. ASU’s 78-74 loss at 10th-ranked USC Aiken on Monday, Jan. 19 was not reflected in the voting for the poll.
ASU earned the highest ranking in school history on Tuesday, Dec. 9 when the Jags moved up to No. 3 in the nation.
The last two undefeated teams in NCAA Division II – Findlay and LIU-C.W. Post – held the top two spots. Findlay (14-0) is the nation’s No. 1-ranked team for the eighth consecutive week, while the Pioneers (12-0) are at their highest point ever in the national rankings in the second position.
Central Oklahoma (15-2) moved up one spot to third this week, while Augusta State (12-2) checks in at No. 4. BYU-Hawaii (11-1) rounds out the top five after going over the century mark in both of its Pacific West Conference wins last week.
Southwest Baptist fell to sixth after a loss at Nebraska-Omaha, while Alderson-Broaddus moved up eight spots to No. 7 after a number of ranked teams suffered losses in the last seven days. Gannon slipped from sixth to eighth, while last week’s No. 2-ranked team, Bellarmine, fell to ninth after seeing its unbeaten run end with two road losses. USC Aiken is 10th.