October 16, 2006
Second publication puts USI in top 10
Screaming Eagles ranked 10th by Division II Bulletin
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team received its second preseason ranking of the fall when the Division II Bulletin placed the Screaming Eagles in its Top 25 at number 10.
The Screaming Eagles, who were ranked ninth last week by Street & Smith's College Basketball, have been ranked in the preseason each year since 1993-94 and have been a preseason fifth or better 10 times in the last 13 seasons.
The GLVC also was represented by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, which was fourth.
USI senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) received his a second preseason honorable mention All-American award of the fall from the Division II Bulletin. Hall, who earned his first preseason honor from Street & Smith, is USI's top returning scorer at 13.2 points per game and set the USI single-season record with 82 three-point field goals last year.
As a team, USI was 27-7 overall and tied for the GLVC West Division title with a 14-5 mark. The Eagles also won the Disney Division II Tip-Off Tournament last fall and advanced to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional finals last spring.
The Eagles have won 27 or more games each of the last three seasons 20 or more games 14 straight years and appeared in the NCAA II Tournament 13 times in 14 seasons.
USI is under the direction of Head Coach Rick Herdes for the sixth season. Herdes has won more games (129) than any other USI coach after five seasons and ranks fourth among all NCAA coaches in winning percentage.
Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25
1. Winona St.
3. Tarleton St.
4. SIU Edwardsville
5. Seattle Pacific
7. Northwest Missouri
10. Southern Indiana
12. Clayton St.
13. SW Baptist
14. South Dakota
15. Sonoma St.
16. Neb. Kearney
19. Mount Olive
21. Bowie St.
22. West Texas A&M
24. Grand Valley St.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information