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November 29, 2011

2011-12 Season - Vikings move to top of NCAA poll

Defense has been a key to Augustana's 3-0 start in the 2011-12 season. Here, Luke Scarlata (44), Bryant Voiles (34) and Brian DeSimone (20) put the clamps on in a win over St. Norbert on November 19. The Vikings are currently the number one ranked NCAA Division III team in the nation, according to D3hoops.com.

Coach Grey Giovanine's 2011-12 Augustana men's basketball team has ascended to the top spot in this week's D3hoops.com Top 25. The Vikings, who were ranked second in the preseason poll, climbed to number one with a 3-0 start, coupled with a season-opening loss by previously top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan.

The number one ranking is a first for the team in the D3hoops.com era, which began in 1999. Augustana has been ranked as high as second in the 2008-09 and 2011-12 preseason polls and third during the 2005-06, 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons. The Vikings have been ranked in the top 10 at some point in six of the last seven seasons and have reached the top five in five of those. The last time the Augustana men held the top spot in the nation was during the 1981-82 season.

The Vikings received 15 of 25 first-place votes and 610 points in this week's poll. 4-0 Middlebury was second with 587 points and six first-place votes. Amherst (3-0) was a close third with 582 points and a pair of first-place votes. Marietta (3-0) and Virginia Wesleyan (2-1) each received one first-place nod and rounded out the top five. The Vikings' CCIW rival, Wheaton (4-0), checked in at 13th.

Augustana has started 2011-12 with wins at home over Aurora (102-68) and St. Norbert (79-48) and on the road at Wisconsin-Oshkosh (80-72). Protecting the number one ranking will be a tall task, as the team hits the road for Davenport, Iowa and the annual battle of the Quad-Cities at St. Ambrose this evening and then travels to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend for the Lopata Classic. The Vikings face Wisconsin Lutheran in the opening round on Friday and either Whittier or the host Bears—NCAA Division III national champions twice in the last four years—on Saturday.

NCAA DIVISION III MEN'S BASKETBALL POLL

As compiled by D3hoops.com

Week One Top 25 (11/29/11)

#

School (1st place votes)

Rec

Pts

Prev.

1

AUGUSTANA (15)

3-0

610

2

2

Middlebury (6)

4-0

587

5

3

Amherst (2)

3-0

582

4

4

Marietta (1)

3-0

531

6

5

Virginia Wesleyan (1)

2-1

479

1

6

Wooster

3-0

462

9

7

Williams

3-1

425

3

8

Whitworth

4-0

423

12

9

MIT

5-0

408

10

10

Emory

5-0

384

13

11

Cabrini

3-0

285

14

12

Rochester

4-1

284

7

13

Wheaton (Ill.)

4-0

276

25

14

Franklin and Marshall

5-0

254

17

15

Mary Hardin-Baylor

3-0

237

16

16

Buffalo State

2-0

226

19

17

Wittenberg

1-1

196

11

18

WPI

4-0

160

22

19

Birmingham-Southern

4-0

151

--

20

Salisbury

4-0

127

--

21

St. Thomas

3-1

109

8

22

Puget Sound

5-0

107

--

23

UW-Stevens Point

4-1

93

24

24

UW-Whitewater

4-0

77

--

25

UW-River Falls

4-2

75

21

 

Dropped out:  No. 15 St. Mary's (Md.), No. 18 Oswego State, No. 20 Centre, No. 23 Hampden-Sydney.

 

Others receiving votes:  Wabash 58; Hope 47; Rhode Island College 47; Ramapo 47; Texas-Dallas 44; William Paterson 43; Oswego State 42; Salem State 36; Randolph-Macon 31; Edgewood 25; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 24; St. Mary's (Md.) 21; Concordia (Wis.) 12; Grinnell 12; Hartwick 12; Illinois Wesleyan 12; Mary Washington 11; Western Connecticut 11; New Jersey City 10; Transylvania 6; Washington U. 6; Centre 5; North Carolina Wesleyan 4; Ripon 4; Albright 3; Chicago 1; Hobart 1; Keene State 1; Trinity (Conn.) 1.

 

AUGUSTANA IN THE D3HOOPS.COM NATIONAL RANKINGS SINCE 2000-01

WEEK

2011-12

2010-11

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

2002-03

2001-02

2000-01

 

 

Preseason

2

24

RV

2

5

24

RV

NR

9

RV

23

NR

 

 

1

1

12

21

3

4

15

25

NR

7

RV

23

NR

 

 

2

 

13

15

9

10

11

17

NR

14

RV

RV

RV

 

 

3

 

10

18

8

9

10

13

NR

16

RV

NR

22

 

 

4

 

10

20

9

5

9

13

NR

RV

NR

NR

RV

 

 

5

 

9

RV

7

6

12

13

NR

RV

NR

NR

RV

 

 

6

 

8

NR

11

5

15

10

NR

NR

RV

NR

NR

 

 

7

 

8

NR

15

9

15

9

NR

NR

RV

20

NR

 

 

8

 

3

NR

15

12

12

7

NR

NR

19

RV

NR

 

 

9

 

3

NR

18

10

10

5

NR

RV

RV

RV

NR

 

 

10

 

5

RV

20

7

10

3

NR

RV

22

RV

NR

 

 

11

 

3

NR

RV

8

9

9

NR

RV

RV

RV

RV

 

 

12

 

6

NR

RV

10

9

9

NR

RV

RV

RV

17

 

 

13

 

7

NR

RV

9

7

13

NR

NR

RV

RV

RV

 

 

14

 

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6

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----

NR

NR

---

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RV

 

 

FINAL

 

7

NR

RV

5

11

11

NR

NR

RV

RV

RV

 

 

Ranked

2

15

4

11

16

15

14

0

4

2

3

2

88

Total

RV

 

0

3

4

0

0

1

0

6

11

8

7

40

Total

KEY – Number designates weekly ranking…NR = not ranked…RV = received votes.

NOTE – There was no week 14 poll in 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09; 2006-7, 2005-06, 2002-03 and 2001-02.

TOTAL WEEKS RANKED IN TOP 25 (since 2000-01) = 88

TOTAL WEEKS LISTED IN D3HOOPS.COM POLL (including receiving votes since 2000-01) = 128 out of a possible 171

CONSECUTIVE WEEKS RANKED IN TOP 25 = 56 (since week one of 2005-06 season until the 10 th week of the 2008-09 season)