The Kutztown University men’s basketball team moved up five spots to No. 14 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Rankings released on Jan. 10. The Golden Bears have now been ranked in each of the seven polls released by the NABC in 2016-17.
KU (7-2 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), 11-2) went 2-0 last week, with Anthony Lee’s layup with 2.2 seconds remaining lifting the Maroon and Gold to a 83-82 victory at Lock Haven on Friday, Jan. 6 before the Golden Bears cruised to a 98-66 win over Cheyney on Monday, Jan. 9.
Kutztown is one of three PSAC members in the rankings. The Maroon and Gold’s lone two losses this season have come to No. 8 Shippensburg -who is one of the six unbeatens and cracked the top-10 for the first time in school history – and No. 12 Indiana (Pa.), who defeated KU on a buzzer-beater.
Including the the three PSAC schools, there are six members from the Atlantic Region in the top-14. No. 2 Fairmont State received four of a possible 16 first-place votes, while West Liberty joined them in the top-five at No. 4. No. 6 Wheeling Jesuit was one position from making it three teams from the region in the top-five.
For the second consecutive week, Fairmont State and West Liberty were joined by No. 1 Northwest Missouri State – who received the other 12 top-votes – and No. 3 Queens in the top-four, while California Baptist moved into the top-five from No. 7.
Kutztown’s No. 14 ranking will be put to the test on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in a crucial PSAC matchup at East Stroudsburg at 7 p.m. The third-place Golden Bears currently trail the co-leading Warriors (9-0, 11-3) by two games in the PSAC East.