"And now, up three spots to No. 12, the Dixie State University men's basketball team!"
The Red Storm, 4-0 on the season, climbed in the national ratings released Tuesday from Missouri.
The top nine spots remain unchanged heading into Thanksgiving weekend in the latest NABC/Division II rankings, with Metropolitan State again leading the pack along with West Liberty and Bellarmine in the top three spots. The Roadrunners, who picked up their second win in the Pre-Season NIT Monday night – games that are being played as exhibition contests – head to the west coast this weekend for a showdown with seventh-ranked Western Washington on Saturday.
West Liberty and Bellarmine retain the second and third positions, while Drury, Florida Southern and Midwestern State hold the next three spots.
After Western Washington is Findlay, Seattle Pacific and the only newcomer to the top 10 in Indiana (Pa.), who moved in after Northeastern State's loss Saturday at Arkansas-Fort Smith, who enters the rankings for the first time in program history as a result.?
Minnesota State starts the second 10 at No. 11, followed by Dixie State, Lincoln Memorial, Southern Indiana and Livingstone. Montevallo, Tarleton State, Fort Lewis, Alaska-Anchorage and Fort Hays State follow them. Northeastern State's loss dropped the River Hawks 11 spots to No. 21 and North Alabama, who suffered a loss at Tuskegee a week ago, fell eight places to 22nd.
The last three spots are occupied by newcomers to the rankings this season, with East Stroudsburg checking in at No. 23, followed by Colorado School of Mines and Arkansas-Fort Smith, whose win over NSU improved its mark to 5-0.
Dixie State plays in its final exhibition on Saturday night against Pacifica College. The following week, DSU hits the road to begin its defense of the Pacific West Conference championship with matchups at Notre Dame de Namur and Fresno Pacific.