South Dakota men are #8 in NCAA Division II The University of South Dakota men's basketball team (8-0) has been ranked #8 in NCAA Division II basketball, according to a poll releasedDec. 17 by the NABC/Division II Bulletin.
South Dakota, which was not ranked in the pre-season poll, have opened 8-0 for the first time since going 17-0 to open the 1999-00 season. The Coyotes recently went 2-0 at the High Desert Classic. They defeated Cal State-San Bernardino, 84-73; and Western Washington, 95-86 at that tournament in Las Vegas.
The #8 ranking is the highest for South Dakota since being ranked #4 in the country during the 2000-01 (February) season when USD won the NCC title.
The Coyotes will host Southwest State (4-4) this Friday at the DakotaDome with the gametime at approximately 8 p.m.
The rankings are as follows:
1.Humboldt State (5-0)
2.Kentucky Wesleyan (4-1)
3.South Dakota State (8-1)
4.Michigan Tech (8-0)
6.Northern Kentucky (7-0)
7.Salem International (6-1)
8.South Dakota (8-0)
9.Tarleton State (6-1)
12.Northwest Missouri State (8-1)
13.Cal State-Bakersfield (4-0)