Findlay No. 7 in the NABC 2011-12 Division II Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

Findlay No. 7 in the NABC 2011-12 Division II Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Bellarmine, who returns two All-America performers from a team that captured its first NCAA Division II title last March, comes into the upcoming 2011-12 season as the nation’s top-ranked team in the NABC/Division II men’s basketball pre-season coaches poll.

The Knights, who posted a 33-2 record and knocked off BYU-Hawaii in a thrilling championship game a year ago, were a unanimous pick for the No. 1 spot in the poll as they return All-America guards Jeremy Kendle and Braydon Hobbs.  Bellarmine was followed in the pre-season rankings by two other teams that played in the Elite Eight a year ago, Alabama-Huntsville and BYU-Hawaii, which returns the Elite Eight’s Most Outstanding Player in Jet Chang.

Two defending conference champions, Missouri Southern and Lincoln Memorial, took the next two spots in the pre-season poll, followed by last year’s final No. 1-ranked team, West Liberty.  The Hilltoppers will have to replace a talented starting lineup, but still figures to be a force with their fast-paced style of play.

Findlay is ranked seventh in the pre-season poll, followed by Tarleton State, Bowie State and Metropolitan State.  Central Oklahoma, who is playing as an NCAA Division II independent this season, begins the second 10 at No. 11, meaning that the first 11 spots in the poll are occupied by teams from 10 different conferences and the independent ranks.  Southern Indiana broke that run as the second team from the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the poll as the Screaming Eagles are ranked No. 12, with the next three spots being held by Benedict, Humboldt State and Kentucky Wesleyan.

Augustana is ranked No. 16 in the pre-season poll, followed by Alaska-Anchorage, Colorado School of Mines, Indiana (Pa.) and Saint Rose.

The last five spots are held by Georgia Southwestern, Seattle Pacific, Massachusetts-Lowell, Arkansas Tech and Queens (N.C.).  The 2011-12 season gets underway this weekend with the Disney/Division II Classic in Anaheim, Calif., featuring UC San Diego, Chestnut Hill, Dominican (Calif.) and Western Washington.

Below the top 25 poll is the NCAA Division II Top 25 Preseason All-America Team

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Nov. 1, 2011 – Pre-Season Poll)

All records from the 2010-11 season. The first regular season poll will be released Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Rank
Team
Record
Points
Previous
1.
Bellarmine  (8 first place votes)
33-2
200
2
2.
Alabama-Huntsville
29-5
187
7
3.
BYU-Hawaii
22-9
179
NR 
4.
Missouri Southern
26-5
166
9
5.
Lincoln Memorial
27-3
153
10 
6.
West Liberty
33-1
142
1
7.
Findlay
24-4
130
NR
8.
Tarleton State
24-6
124
17 
9.
Bowie State
23-6
121
19 
10.
Metropolitan State
22-8
118
NR
11.
Central Oklahoma
30-4
112
12.
Southern Indiana
24-6
105
12 
13.
Benedict
21-8
100
24 
14.
Humboldt State
26-4
73
15.
Kentucky Wesleyan
19-10
72
NR 
16.
Augustana
18-9
69
NR 
17.
Alaska-Anchorage
24-10
68
NR 
18.
Colorado School of Mines
25-6
61
20 
19.
Indiana (Pa.)
26-6
57
21 
20.
Saint Rose
22-9
50
NR 
21.
Georgia Southwestern
20-9
48
NR 
22.
Seattle Pacific
20-10
40
NR 
23.
Massachusetts-Lowell
20-10
28
NR 
24.
Arkansas Tech
25-6
22
14 
25.
Queens (N.C.)
21-8
20
NR 


Others receiving votes:
Winona State (Minn.) 18, LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) 17, Limestone (S.C.) 15, Hillsdale (Mich.) 11, Central Missouri 10, Montevallo (Ala.) 10, Rollins (Fla.) 10, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 8, Bentley (Mass.) 7, Cal Poly Pomona 7, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 7, West Texas A&M 7, Clayton State (Ga.), Florida Southern 5, Northern Kentucky 5, Drury (Mo.) 4, Harding (Ark.) 4, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 3, Bloomfield (N.J.) 2.

NCAA DIVISION II TOP 25 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Name

School

Class

Jason Adams

Missouri Southern State

SR

Stefan Bonneau

C.W. Post (N.Y.)

SR

Phillip Brown

Georgia Southwestern

SR

Zane Campbell

Alabama-Huntsville

JR

Jet Chang

BYU-Hawaii

SR

Jarrell Douglass

Limestone (S.C.)

SR

Reggie Evans

Metropolitan State (Colo.)

SR

Marcus Goode

Benedict (S.C.)

JR

Patrick Grubbs

Pitt.-Johnstown (Pa.)

SR  

Rob Gutierrez

Saint Rose (N.Y.)

SR

Ali Haidar

Michigan Tech

JR

Cedric Harris

West Liberty (W. Va.)

SO

Braydon Hobbs

Bellarmine (Ky.)

SR

Randy Hunter

Humboldt State (Calif.)

SR

Travis Hyman

Bowie State (N.C.)

SR

Desmond Johnson

Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.)

SR

Jeremy Kendle

Bellarmine (Ky.)

JR

Josh Magette

Alabama-Huntsville

SR                        

Cameron McCaffrey

Augustana (S.D.)

JR 

Trevin Parks

Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)

JR

Taylor Rohde

Alaska-Anchorage

SR

Cody Schilling

Augustana (S.D.)

SR

Derek Staton

Mount Olive (N.C.)

SR

Odell Turner

Wingate (N.C.)

JR

Anthony Young

Kentucky Wesleyan

SR

 
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