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.
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.