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December 7, 2011

2011-12 Season - Vikings now fourth in NCAA Division III poll

Junior center Luke Scarlata and the Augustana Vikings are currently 6-1 on the season and ranked fourth in the latest NCAA Division III national poll according to D3hoops.com.

After a week in the top spot, the Augustana men’s basketball team fell three places to fourth in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25. The Vikings opened the year with three straight wins to ascend to number one and won their first two games as the top-ranked team before suffering their first loss Saturday at Washington University. They bounced back with a 72-50 home win Tuesday night, December 6 over Fontbonne to improve to 6-1 on the year.

Middlebury (5-0) is the new number one, garnering 13 of 25 first-place votes and 612 total points. Another New England Small College Athletic Conference team, Amherst (6-0), checks in at number two, getting 10 first-place votes and 599 points. Preseason number one Virginia Wesleyan (5-1), with one first-place nod and 506 points, edged out Augustana for the third spot by just two points. Wooster (5-0) is fifth, followed by Whitworth (6-0), who got the remaining first-place vote. MIT (8-0) is seventh with another NESCAC team, Williams (6-1), eighth. Emory (8-0) and Marietta (4-1) round out the top ten.

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin member Wheaton (6-1) also suffered its first loss this past weekend and fell four spots to 17th.

The fourth-ranked Vikings are next in action on Saturday, December 10 when the 21st-ranked Pointers of Wisconsin-Stevens Point—NCAA Division III national champions in 2004, 2005 and 2010—visit Carver Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

2011-12 D3HOOPS.COM TOP 25—WEEK TWO

#

School (1st votes)

Rec

Pts

Prev

1

Middlebury (13)

5-0

612

2

2

Amherst (10)

6-0

599

3

3

Virginia Wesleyan (1)

5-1

506

5

4

AUGUSTANA

5-1

504

1

5

Wooster

5-0

498

6

6

Whitworth (1)

6-0

495

8

7

MIT

8-0

452

9

8

Williams

6-1

428

7

9

Emory

8-0

414

10

10

Marietta

4-1

401

4

11

Franklin and Marshall

7-0

335

14

12

Cabrini

5-0

329

11

13

Mary Hardin-Baylor

5-0

269

15

14

Buffalo State

5-0

241

16

15

WPI

6-0

230

18

16

St. Thomas

5-1

186

21

17

Wheaton (Ill.)

6-1

185

13

18

Birmingham-Southern

6-0

167

19

19

UW-Whitewater

6-0

162

24

20

Puget Sound

7-0

160

22

21

UW-Stevens Point

5-1

117

23

22

William Paterson

7-0

113

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23

Hope

6-1

106

--

24

Rochester

6-2

103

12

25

Wabash

6-0

77

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Dropped out:   No. 17 Wittenberg, No. 20 Salisbury, No. 25 UW-River Falls.

Others receiving votes:   Rhode Island College 65, Wittenberg 59, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 42, Edgewood 35, Hobart 34, Oswego State 29, Washington U. 21, UW-River Falls 17, Transylvania 14, St. Mary's (Md.) 13, Grinnell 12, Baldwin-Wallace 11, Western Connecticut 11, New Jersey City 10, Texas-Dallas 9, Bethany 7, Salisbury 7, Ramapo 6, UW-Superior 6, Hardin-Simmons 5, Mary Washington 5, Hartwick 4, Ohio Wesleyan 3, Randolph-Macon 3, Rose-Hulman 3, Salem State 3, Tufts 3, Hamilton 2.