BRISTOL, Tenn. – The first NCAA Southeast Regional rankings were announced on Wednesday afternoon and the King University men's basketball team was ranked eighth. At the time of the poll release, the Tornado were 15-9 on the season and following Wednesday night's win improved to 16-9.
Lincoln Memorial University is 22-1 and ranked first while Queens University is 23-1 and ranked second. The Tornado are one of three Conference Carolinas team ranked, joined by Lees-McRae College who is ranked seventh and the University of Mount Olive who is ranked ninth.
With Wednesday's win, the Tornado improved to 11-4 in Conference Carolinas play, putting King one-half of a game behind Mount Olive and Lees-McRae who are both 12-4 in the league. King has three games remaining, including the season finale at Lees-McRae on February 23.
King next travels to Belmont Abbey College on Saturday night before hosting Emmanuel College on February 21 in the Student Center Complex.
The next NCAA Regional rankings will come out on Wednesday, February 21 with the final rankings coming out on February 28. The NCAA Tournament field will be selected on Sunday, March 4. The regional ranking will help select the top eight teams to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional.
|NCAA Regional Rankings||Record||In Region|
|1. Lincoln Memorial||22-1||22-1|
|3. UNC Pembroke||20-4||20-4|
|5. Clayton State||16-5||16-5|
|6. Francis Marion||14-7||14-7|
|9. Mount Olive||17-8||17-8|