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December 9, 2009

2009-10 Season - Vikings ranked 15th heading into Gonzaga

Heading into tonight’s matchup with NCAA Division I Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington, the Augustana Vikings have climbed into the top 15 in the latest D3hoops.com national poll. Veteran head coach Grey Giovanine’s team is currently 5-0 and will play at Gonzaga, which is rated in the top 20 in two different NCAA Division I polls, this evening at 8:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

Augustana was not ranked in the pre-season but after opening the season with three fairly easy home wins, followed by two road victories (over Anderson and Knox), the Vikings jumped to 21 st last week. The Blue & Gold has not played since beating Knox on Monday, November 30 but still climbed six spots in this week’s poll.

Following the game at Gonzaga, Augustana will travel back to the Midwest and will be in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, December 12 to face Washington. The Bears are the two time NCAA Division III national champion and are currently 5-0 and ranked first in the D3hoops.com poll.

NCAA DIVISION III MEN’S BASKETBALL POLL

By D3hoops.com

As of 12/08/09

#

Team

W-L

Pts.

Last Week

1

Washington U. (25)

5-0

625

1

2

John Carroll

6-0

586

2

3

St. Thomas

5-0

582

3

4

UW-Stevens Point

7-0

550

5

5

UW-Whitewater

7-0

514

7

6

Randolph-Macon

6-0

490

9

7

Guilford

4-1

448

4

8

Wheaton (Ill.)

5-1

374

6

9

Middlebury

7-0

359

15

10

Mass-Dartmouth

5-1

349

11

11

Texas-Dallas

6-1

324

14

12

Chapman

7-0

319

18

13

Richard Stockton

5-2

254

8

14

St. Mary's (Md.)

5-1

251

12

15

Augustana

5-0

228

21

16

Franklin and Marshall

5-2

218

10

17

Amherst

4-1

185

13

18

Brandeis

7-1

181

23

19

St. Norbert

6-0

154

20

Williams

6-0

120

21

DeSales

5-2

113

24

22

Mississippi College

5-0

107

23

Wooster

4-3

92

25

24

Carthage

6-2

91

17

25

Virginia Wesleyan

7-1

90

Dropped out: No. 16 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 19 Bridgewater State, No. 20 Elms, No. 22 Wittenberg.

Others receiving votes: Elms 87, MIT 86, Hope 76, UW-Platteville 57, Eastern Mennonite 45, Chicago 42, Illinois Wesleyan 37, Cabrini 18, Wittenberg 14, Wilmington 12, Worcester Polytech 12, Anderson 9, Whittier 7, Rochester 5, DePauw 3, Illinois College 3, Manchester 2, Albright 1, Maryville (Tenn.) 3, New Jersey City 1, Scranton 1