Led by Catholic, seven teams enter latest national rankings
WASHINGTON – After beginning the season with two consecutive wins against nationally ranked opponents at the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, Catholic moved into the top 25 rankings on Monday, debuting at No. 14 in the D3Hoops.com poll. The Cardinals are currently 3-0 on the season following a 74-68 win at Haverford on Monday.
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The top 4 remained the same this week, with North Central (Ill.) moving up one spot to round out the top five.
Catholic opened the season with a 67-41 win against then-No. 16 Transylvania on Nov. 16, behind 23 points from Shawn Holmes and a 53 percent shooting performance as a team.
One day later, the Cardinals took down then-No. 19 St. Mary’s 65-52 with Chris Kearney posting a double-double to lead the way (19 points, 12 rebounds).
Kearney finished the two-day stretch averaging 18.5 points on 58 percent shooting to go along with averages of 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
CUA made the largest leap of any team this week, jumping from outside the poll all the way up to No. 14. It marks the first time the Cardinals have been ranked in the top 25 since joining the Landmark Conference. Six other previously unranked teams also entered the poll.