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MSU Hoops: Men Up, Women Out of Top 25

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4-0 Start Sparks Mustang Men to #6

Midwestern State moved ahead seven spots in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Poll to No. 6 as released Tuesday afternoon.

At 4-0, the Mustangs are off to their best start since opening the 2011-12 campaign with 13 consecutive wines. It's the 16th time in program history that MSU has claimed victories in its four games.

The No. 6 national ranking is also the highest December ranking since the 1998-99 squad reached No. 5 in the Dec. 21 poll after rolling to a 10-0 start.

The Mustangs are one of six teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 1 Metropolitan State (Colo.), No. 20 Fort Lewis (Colo.) and No. 24 Tarleton State while Colorado Mines and Texas A&M-Commerce are receiving votes.

Midwestern returns to the Top 10 for the first time since claiming a No. 5 ranking in the in the final regular season poll in 2011-12 on the way to its third straight NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance.

MSU takes on Science & Arts (Okla.) in its home opener Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

NABC Division II Poll
Nov. 19, 2013
Rank School (1st votes) Record Points Last
1 Metropolitan State (Colo.) (14) 2-0 398 1
2 West Liberty (W. Va.) (2) 2-0 383 3
3 Bellarmine (Ky.) 1-0 371 4
4 Drury (Mo.) 2-0 335 8
5 Florida Southern 3-0 314 9
6 Midwestern State (Texas) 4-0 288 13
7 Western Washington 1-0 280 10
8 Findlay (Ohio) 2-0 265 11
9 Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 4-1 256 2
10 Northeastern State (Okla.) 3-0 254 17
11 Indiana (Pa.) 2-0 240 14
12 Minnesota State-Mankato 4-1 187 5
13 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 2-0 177 15
14 North Alabama 3-0 175 23
15 Dixie State (Utah) 3-0 174 NR
16 Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 2-0 150 22
17 Southern Indiana 0-0 128 18
18 South Carolina-Aiken 4-1 114 6
19 Livingstone (N.C.) 3-0 111 24
20 Fort Lewis (Colo.) 2-0 84 NR
21 Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 75 NR
22 Montevallo (Ala.) 2-0 61 NR
23 Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 5-0 52 NR
24 Tarleton State (Texas) 3-0 51 NR
25 Fort Hays State (Kan.) 3-0 45 NR
Others Receiving Votes: East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 31; Colorado Mines 27; Benedict (S.C.) 25; Florida Tech 24; Anderson (S.C.) 19; Harding (Ark.) 13; Cal State-San Bernardino 12; Winona State (Minn.) 11; Fairmont State (W. Va.) 10; Lake Erie (Ohio) 8; Cal-Poly Pomona 6; Georgia Southwestern 6; Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 5; St. Cloud State (Minn.) 4; Bentley (Mass.) 3; Cal State-Stanislaus 3; Central Missouri 3; Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 3; Washburn (Kan.) 2; Alabama-Huntsville 1; Dominican (Calif.) 1; Texas A&M-Commerce 1; Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.) 1.



Early Losses Send Mustang Women Out of Top 25

Midwestern State dropped out of the USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon but the Mustangs continued to receive votes.
 
In fact, MSU fell a single vote shy of maintaining a national ranking with 131 total votes as No. 25 Glenville State (W. Va.) received 132.
 
The Mustangs get a shot at redemption Saturday afternoon when they travel to No. 4 Emporia State. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
 
MSU is one of 10 teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 8 Colorado Mesa while MSU, Metropolitan State (Colo.), Tarleton State (Texas), West Texas A&M, Fort Lewis (Colo.), Colorado-Colorado Springs, St. Edward's (Texas), St. Mary's (Texas) and Lubbock Christian (Texas) are all receiving votes.
 
The Mustangs recovered from a pair of early season losses to Adams State (Colo.) and Texas A&M International to claim two wins last weekend in the Ashbrook Classic at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. MSU upended Southern Nazarene 89-80 before defeating Southeastern Oklahoma 79-72 to improve to 3-2.
 
The trip to Emporia State is the first of three consecutive road games for Midwestern which also includes games at McMurry (Texas) (Nov. 26) and Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (Dec. 2) before the Mustangs return home to face Texas Woman's in their LSC opener on Dec. 5.

USA Today Sports Top 25
Nov. 19, 2013
Rank School (1st votes) Record Points Last
1 Bentley (Mass.) (25) 4-0 728 1
2 Gannon (Pa.) (3) 2-0 698 2
3 Clayton State (Ga.) 2-0 673 3
4 Emporia State (Kan.) 5-0 633 5
5 Nova Southeastern (Fla.) 2-0 622 4
6 Central Missouri 4-0 577 8
7 Stonehill (Mass.) 3-1 437 7
8 Colorado Mesa 2-0 428 13
9 Chico State (Calif.) 2-0 360 17
10 Lewis (Ill.) 3-0 350 18
11 Augustana (S.D.) (1) 1-0 327 14
12 Holy Family (Pa.) 1-1 311 11
13 Western Washington 1-1 302 6
14 Concordia (Minn.) 3-2 245 9
15 Delta State (Miss.) 2-1 226 12
16 Washburn (Kan.) 2-1 217 22
17 Limestone (S.C.) 2-0 209 24
18 Indianapolis (Ind.) 4-1 196 NR
19 Shaw (N.C.) 2-0 183 NR
20 Ashland (Ohio) (1) 1-1 162 15
21 Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 4-0 153 NR
22 Michigan Tech 1-1 152 21

Rollins (Fla.) 3-1 152 25
24 Minnesota State-Mankato 1-1 137 23
25 Glenville State (W. Va.) 2-1 132 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Midwestern State (Texas) 131; Dowling (N.Y.) 76; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 75; Metropolitan State (Colo.) 68; Simon Fraser (B.C.) 66; Tarleton State (Texas) 60; Edinboro (Pa.) 43; UC-San Diego 40; Findlay (Ohio) 36; Drury (Mo.) 32; Assumption (Mass.) 31; Cal-Poly Pomona 31; Newberry (S.C.) 30; South Carolina-Aiken 29; West Texas A&M 25; Wayne State (Neb.) 22; Arkansas Tech 21; Bloomsburg (Pa.) 21; Humboldt State (Calif.) 21; Fayetteville State (N.C.) 20; District of Columbia 18; Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 17; Fort Hays State (Kan.) 13; Harding (Ark.) 13; North Georgia 13; Tuskegee (Ala.) 13; Wingate (N.C.) 13; Indiana (Pa.) 12; Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) 12; Charleston (W. Va.) 12; Tampa (Fla.) 11; Pittsburg State (Kan.) 10; Bellarmine (Ky.) 9; Fort Lewis (Colo.) 9; West Liberty (W. Va.) 9; Colorado-Colorado Springs 8; Southern Indiana 7; Florida Tech 6; St. Edward's (Texas) 6; Southwestern Oklahoma State 6; North Alabama 6; Cal State-Los Angeles 5; Cal State-Monterey Bay 5; Valdosta State (Ga.) 5; Academy of Art (Calif.) 4; California Baptist 4; Quincy (Ill.) 4; St. Mary's (Texas) 4; LIU-Post (N.Y.) 2; Minnesota State-Moorhead 2; Pace (N.Y.) 2; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 1; Central Oklahoma 1