Courier Sports Editor
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— For the first in Adams State University's history, the Grizzlies have cracked into the NABC/Division II men's basketball Top 25 and because of their 9-1 record, they are ranked No. 18.
Adams State, who were on the verge of being ranked and receiving votes in the last two polls, received 118 points this time to make a splash in the rankings.
The Grizzlies also have a perfect 7-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record and are tied for the conference lead with No. 2 ranked Metro State.
The only loss that the Grizzlies have suffered was on Dec. 29th when they were on the bottom side of an 80-55 score.
This past weekend, the Grizzlies made huge strides with an 80-66 win over Black Hills State and an 86-65 win over Chadron State. Both wins came on the road.
In addition to the Roadrunners and Grizzlies, the Skyhawks of Fort Lewis enter the rankings at No. 25. Adams State easily defeated FLC on December 8th, 82-76.
The Grizzlies and Skyhawks were just two of seven new teams to this week's rankings as they forced Augusta State (12), Assumption (13), Drury (14), St. Cloud State (19), Findlay (24) and Alaska-Anchorage (25) to all be dropped.
The weekly poll is conducted by 16 members of the NABC, with each of the eight NcAA Division II regions having two representatives.
West Liberty State (W. Va.), off to a 12-0 start, leads the poll with 393 points. They received 12 of the 16 first place votes. West Liberty in on an offensive roll because they have scored 100 or more points in nine consecutive games.
Alabama-Huntsville, Bellarmine and Western Washington rounded out the top five teams.
The shake up this week begins at No. 6, where Kentucky Wesleyan and Indianapolis – two of four Great Lakes Valley Conference teams in the top 10 this week – moved up to sixth and seventh with their perfect 10-0 records. Seattle Pacific, who dropped a game to Western Washington last week, fell one spot to No. 8 and Cal Poly Pomona, who lost its first game to poll newcomer Cal State-San Bernardino, fell three places to No. 9. Southern Indiana rounds out this week’s top 10.
Minnesota State and Lincoln Memorial vaulted up to the next two spots to open the second 10, followed by Washburn, Franklin Pierce and Cal State-San Bernardino, who has rebounded from a season-opening loss to win eight in a row, including Saturday’s four-point win at Cal Poly Pomona. Florida Southern checks back into the rankings this week at No. 16, followed by Winston-Salem State, Adams State, Newman and Tampa.
The last five teams in this week’s poll include two newcomers to the rankings. Indiana (Pa.) is at No. 21, followed by King at No. 22, Barton, Northwest Missouri State and Fort Lewis.
The Grizzlies will try to climb higher in the rankings this weekend when they take on the Western New Mexico Mustangs and New Mexico Highlands Cowboys on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. following a 6 p.m. tip-off on the women's side.
Following this weekend's contests, the Grizzlies will square off against the Metro State Roadrunners next weekend (Jan. 18) in Denver. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The home contest against the Roadrunners is slated for February 23 at 8 p.m. in Plachy Hall.