William Penn Still #2 in Eighth Rating

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Statesmen basketball team is in a prime position to grab one of the top seeds at nationals as the eighth NAIA Division II men’s basketball poll was released Tuesday.

William Penn (24-1, 8-0 MCC) is second in the nation for the fourth-straight week, once again earning 332 points and one first-place vote. Fellow Midwest Collegiate Conference program Mount Mercy continues to slowly move up the ladder, gaining one more spot to #7. The Statesmen host the Mustangs Saturday in Penn Gymnasium (3 p.m. tip-off).

Eastern Oregon is still #1 with 343 points and the other 12 first-place votes. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Northwood (Fla.), and Northwestern round out the top five.

William Penn is home Wednesday, hosting AIB in MCC play at 7:30 p.m.

NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Rating #8 – February 5, 2013
(Number in parentheses is first-place votes)
1. Eastern Oregon (12)
2. William Penn (1)
3. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
4. Northwood (Fla.)
5. Northwestern
6. Indiana Wesleyan
7. Mount Mercy
8. Indiana-Southeast
9. Saint Xavier (Ill.)
10. Davenport (Mich.)
11. Rochester (Mich.)
12. St. Thomas (Fla.)
13. Warner Pacific (Ore.)
14. Bethel (Ind.)
15. Dordt
16. York (Neb.)
17. Doane (Neb.)
18. Ave Maria (Fla.)
19. Valley City State (N.D.)
20. Taylor (Ind.)
21. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
22. Madonna (Mich.)
23. Tennessee Wesleyan
24. Southern Oregon
25. Grace (Ind.)

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Wesleyan 71; St. Mary (Kan.) 71; Bellevue (Neb.) 44 Lourdes (Ohio) 25; Hastings (Neb.) 24; Northwest (Wash.) 23; Cal Maritime 10; Indiana East 5; Dakota State (S.D.) 4.

Lady Statesmen Out of Top-25, Now 28th

Oskaloosa–A road upset to Clarke last weekend not only knocked the William Penn women’s basketball team from its perch atop the league standings but also removed it from the top-25 as the eighth NAIA Division II poll was released Tuesday.

William Penn (15-8, 6-2 MCC) fell five spots to #28 (42 points). Grand View is now the top squad from the Midwest Collegiate Conference, returning to the top-25 at #23.

Indiana Wesleyan is at #1 for the fifth week in a row with 343 points and 11 first-place votes. Ozarks (Mo.), St. Francis (Ind.), Eastern Oregon, and Concordia (Neb.) round out the top five. Eastern Oregon received the final first-place vote.

William Penn is at home Wednesday, hosting AIB in MCC play at 5:30 p.m.



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