January 8, 2013

Tornado Ranked 22nd in NABC/Division II Poll

King achieved its highest national ranking since joining NCAA Division II after the latest NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll tabbed the Tornado No. 22 in the country.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the King Tornado men's basketball team achieving great success in its last three games over the holiday break, they were rewarded for their efforts with their highest national ranking since joining NCAA Division II. On Tuesday it was announced King is currently No. 22 in the country, according the latest NABC/Division II rankings.


Complete rankings  |  NCAA release 


Led by senior Jason Seymore, who was named the Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Player of the Week today, the Tornado have rattled off wins in their last three games including a 25-point victory over then-No. 15 Barton College. King is currently 10-1 overall and is the only team remaining unbeaten in conference play.

Over their current three-game win streak, King has defeated USC Aiken (Peach Belt), nationally-ranked Barton, and Belmont Abbey by a combined 265-223 (+43). They averaged 88.3 points per game while holding their opponents to fewer than 75 per contest while shooting a remarkable 49.3 percent from three-point range. Reigning Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Logan Lyle scored a team-high 57 points (19.0 ppg) while forward Jason Seymore has nearly averaged a double-double (18.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg) during the win streak.

Their most impressive victory came on the road against Barton College, ranked 15th in the nation at the time, on Jan. 3 when the Tornado blew out the Bulldogs by a score of 97-72 and set multiple shooting records. Seymore tied a school record in shooting percentage by becoming only the second King player to hit a flawless 100 percent of his field goal attempts (min. 8), making all 10 of his tries on the night. In the win, he also hit both of his free throw attempts to stay perfect offensively and recorded his fourth double-double of the season by adding 11 rebounds. King shot 70.6 percent (36-for-51) from the field and 75 percent (9-for-12) from three-point range, breaking records in both categories.

King was previously unranked in the previous rankings, released Dec. 18. King has received votes in two previous polls, once being as high as the first team outside of the top-25. Last year the Tornado reached the No. 25 spot for one week.

Along with King's No. 22 national ranking, the highest ranking in school history at the NCAA level, Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) is among the nation's best in multiple individual categories. As of the NCAA Division II statistics report released Jan. 6, Lyle is ranked fourth in the country in three-point field goals per game (3.73). Over his last three games, Lyle has hit 16 total threes on 32 attempts (.500) and hit a season-high seven three pointers in their 80-67 win over Belmont Abbey (Jan. 5). He is also 21st in the country in three-point field-goal percentage (.461) and tops in the conference.

Jason Seymore is one of 17 players tied for 19th in the nation for number of double-doubles (5), also leading the conference.

As a team, King is ranked seventh in the land in three-point field goals per game, notching 10.5 per contest through 11 games this season. They are just outside the top-10 in three-point shooting percentage (11th, .417), 15th in scoring offense (85.4 ppg), and reside in the top-25 in both assists per game (17.4), and field-goal percentage (49.4).

Senior guard Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) leads the team in scoring (16.5 ppg) and is currently shooting higher than 40 percent in field goal and three-point percentage.

King is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 9, on the road against the Erskine Flying Fleet (7-2, 3-2). Video of the game will be provided by Erskine Athletics. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Tornado will return to the Student Center Complex to host the Pfeiffer Falcons on Saturday, Jan. 12, with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Video and live stats will be provided by King Athletics.

 

NABC/Division II Rankings

(records as of Dec. 6)

RANK

SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1

West Liberty (12)

12-0

393

1

2

Metro State (1)

11-0

375

2

3

Alabama-Huntsville (2)

11-1

366

3

4

Bellarmine

10-0

353

4

5

Western Washington (1)

12-0

352

5

6

Kentucky Wesleyan

10-0

316

9

7

Indianapolis (Ind.)

10-0

298

11

8

Seattle Pacific

10-2

257

7

9

Cal Poly Pomona

9-1

245

6

10

Southern Indiana

9-1

242

17

11

Minnesota State

10-1

218

21

12

Lincoln Memorial

9-1

210

20

13

Washburn (Kan.)

8-2

161

8

14

Franklin Pierce (N.H)

9-2

156

10

15

Cal State-San Bernardino

8-1

139

NR

16

Florida Southern

9-1

130

NR

17

Winston-Salem State (N.C.)

9-2

123

23

18

Adams State (Colo.

9-1

118

NR

19

Newman (Kan.)

11-1

96

18

20

Tampa

12-1

91

22

21

Indiana (Pa.)

9-2

79

16

22

King (Tenn.)

10-1

70

NR

23

Barton

8-2

58

15

24

Northwest Missouri State

11-2

43

NR

25

Fort Lewis (Colo.)

9-1

34

NR


Dropped out: Augusta State (12), Assumption (13), Drury (14), St. Cloud State (19), Findlay (24), Alaska-Anchorage (25). 

Others receiving votes: Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 29, St. Mary's (Texas) 28, Michigan Tech 26, Minnesota State-Moorhead 26, Augusta State (Ga.) 25, Dominican (N.Y.) 23, West Texas A&M 18, Assumption (Mass.) 15, Rollins (Fla.) 15, Findlay (Ohio) 13, North Georgia 13, Wayne State (Mich.) 9, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 8, Saint Leo (Fla.) 8, Drury (Mo.) 4, Harding (Ark.) 4, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 3, Shepherd (W.Va.) 3, North Alabama 2, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 2, Winona State (Minn.) 2, Augustana (S.D.) 1.