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December 19, 2012

Vikings crack top 25 in D3hoops.com poll

Sophomore Danielius Jurgutis is averaging 12.0 points and 2.7 rebounds for the 22nd ranked Vikings through the first 10 games of the 2012-13 season.

Nine wins in its first 10 games have vaulted coach Grey Giovanine's Augustana basketball team into the latest D3hoops.com Top 25. The Vikings, who received votes in the pre-season and first three weekly polls, debut this week at number 22.

Despite having freshmen and sophomores log over 80 percent of the teams minutes this season, Augustana is off to a 9-1 start, with its only loss coming on the road to fifth-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Vikings wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule on Thursday, December 20, hosting Loras in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Carver Center.

The program's appearance in this week's Top 25 is its 100th since the start of the 2000-01 season. The Vikings have been ranked (29 times) or received votes (six times) in 35 consecutive polls dating back to the 2010-11 pre-season rankings.

Augustana is one of four College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin teams in this week's Top 25. Conference favorite North Central is off to a 9-0 start and ranked third, with one first-place vote. Wheaton (10-1) sits at 14th and Illinois Wesleyan (6-2) is number 17.

D3hoops.com WEEK 4 MEN'S BASKETBALL POLL

#

School (1st votes)

Rec

Pts

Prev

1

Virginia Wesleyan (21)

7-0

621

1

2

Middlebury (2)

8-0

589

3

3

North Central (Ill.) (1)

9-0

570

4

4

St. Thomas (1)

8-0

541

5

5

UW-Stevens Point

9-0

531

6

6

UW-Whitewater

7-1

481

2

7

Rochester

10-0

436

8

8

Franklin and Marshall

7-0

428

7

9

Washington U.

9-1

410

10

10

Ramapo

8-0

379

11

11

Whitworth

6-1

303

13

12

Adrian

7-0

300

14

13

Wooster

7-1

292

12

14

Wheaton (Ill.)

10-1

272

9

15

Catholic

7-1

238

15

16

St. Mary's (Md.)

7-1

196

17

17

Illinois Wesleyan

6-2

193

18

18

WPI

10-0

160

19

19

Christopher Newport

5-1

152

20

20

Albertus Magnus

7-0

145

21

21

Ohio Wesleyan

7-1

130

23

22

AUGUSTANA

9-1

100

--

23

UW-Stout

9-1

93

--

24

Williams

8-1

90

--

25

Amherst

8-2

74

22

Dropped out: No. 16 Scranton, No. 24 Rhode Island College, No. 25 New York University.

Others receiving votes: New York U. 65; MIT 53; Rose-Hulman 53; Scranton 45; Hampden-Sydney 45; Rhode Island College 38; Salisbury 27; Augsburg 19; Stevens 11; Birmingham Southern 10; Randolph 10; Lycoming 8; LaGrange 5; Dubuque 4; Northwestern (Minn.) 4; UW-La Crosse 2; Transylvania 1; Carroll 1.