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November 09, 2006

USI men's basketball ranked sixth in NABC Top 25

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team was ranked sixth in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 preseason poll. The NABC Top 25 is the official poll for Division II Basketball.

During the preseason, USI was ranked ninth in the Street and Smith's College Basketball and 10th by Division II Bulletin. The Screaming Eagles 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.

USI opens the 2006-07 regular season in the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CST) against North Georgia College and State University.

NABC Division II Top 25

Rank School (first place votes)
1 Winona State, Minn. (7)
2 Montevallo, Ala.
3 Tarleton State, Tex.
4 Seattle Pacific, Wash.
5 Rollins, Fla.
6 Southern Indiana
7 Southern Illinois Edwardsville
8 Clayton State, Ga.
9 Barton, N.C.
10 Findlay, Ohio
11 Grand Valley State, Mich. (1)
12 Central Washington
13 Adelphi, N.Y.
14 Virginia Union
15 Nebraska-Kearney
16 South Dakota
17 Central Missouri
18 Northwest Missouri State
19 Minnesota State
20 Bentley, Mass.
21 Harding, Ark.
22 Delta State, Miss.
23 Southwest Baptist, Mo.
24 Sonoma State, Calif.
25 Fort Hays State, Kan.

Others Receiving Votes: Stonehill (Mass.) 27, Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 23, Humboldt State (Calif.) 20, Texas A&M-Kingsville 20, Northern State (S.D.) 17, West Texas A&M 17, Central Oklahoma 16, Alabama-Huntsville 15, Brigham Young-Hawaii 15, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 15, Catawba (N.C.) 14, Southeastern Oklahoma State 14, Bloomfield (N.J.) 12, Metropolitan State (Colo.) 12, Bowie State (Md.) 11, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 10, Seattle (Wash.) 10, Hawaii-Hilo 9, Mount Olive (N.C.) 9, Wingate (N.C.) 7, Ashland (Ohio) 6, Saint Cloud State (Minn.) 6, North Alabama 6, Cal Poly Pomona 5, West Virginia State 5, Ferris State (Mich.) 4, Saint Augustine's (N.C.) 4, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 3, Saint Edward's (Tex.) 3, South Carolina Upstate 3, Johnson C. Smith (N.C.) 2, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 1, Northern Kentucky 1, Washburn (Kan.) 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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