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Brenden Welper | | February 2, 2021

DII men's basketball rankings: Takeaways from the latest NABC poll

Findlay Athletics Findlay men's basketball Findlay has won six-straight games, and continues to climb in the NABC poll.

The latest NABC poll for DII men's basketball was released Tuesday afternoon. While the top five remains unchanged, No. 6 through No. 25 are completely different from last week. has complete takeaways and analysis from the rankings. But first, the poll itself:






1 Colorado School of Mines (12) 9-0 394 1
2 Northern State (2) 10-0 384 2
3 Northwest Missouri State (2) 12-1 373 3
4 Lincoln Memorial 14-1 352 4
5 West Texas A&M 5-1 326 5
6 Findlay 11-1 319 7
7 Truman State 10-1 299 8
8 Mercyhurst 6-0 284 10
9 Colorado Mesa 11-1 262 6
10 Lubbock Christian 10-0 254 14
11 Alabama Huntsville 6-1 242 12
12 Hillsdale 11-1 231 15
13 Point Loma 3-0 186 18
14 Texas A&M-Kingsville 11-1 172 22
15 DBU 10-2 165 11
16 Queens (N.C.) 9-3 140 20
17 Washburn 11-3 126 13
18 Lee 7-1 119 24
19 St. Thomas Aquinas 0-0 92 21
20 Valdosta State 9-3 84 16
21 Fairmont State 3-1 76 25
22 Sioux Falls 5-1 71 19
23 Northwest Nazarene 8-1 56 NR
24 Glenville State 5-0 47 NR
25 St. Edward's 8-3 35 17

Aside from the top five, this latest poll is unrecognizable from the last

Colorado School of Mines, Northern State, Northwest Missouri State, Lincoln Memorial and West Texas A&M all took care of business last week. After those five? Well, that's when the poll got interesting.

There were changes to all 20 of the remaining spots. No. 23 Northwest Nazarene and No. 24 Glenville State joined the party, while then-No. 9 West Liberty and then-No. 23 Missouri Western dropped out. We'll have more on the Hilltoppers in a moment.

Texas A&M-Kingsville had the highest jump of any team, rising eight spots from No. 22 to No. 14. The Javelinas have won nine straight games and haven't lost since Dec. 18. 

Colorado Mesa drops following first loss of the season

It was just last Saturday when then-No. 6 Colorado Mesa had more wins (11) than any other undefeated team ranked in the NABC poll. But the Mavericks' perfect season came to a close that day, when they were stunned by Western Colorado 78-72.

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That loss came after Colorado Mesa had won consecutive overtime games by a combined total of three points. The Mavericks dropped three spots to No. 9, and were leapfrogged by Findlay, Truman State and Mercyhurst in that order. Those three teams are currently riding winning streaks of six, five and six, respectively. 

West Liberty ends three-game skid, but falls out entirely

All the positives of a 4-0 start have seemingly evaporated for West Liberty. And while the Hilltoppers got back into the win column on Monday, the three-game losing streak was too much to overcome.

In the span of two weeks, they went from being ranked fourth, to No. 9, to now out of the NABC poll entirely. What's puzzling is that West Liberty's five wins have all been double-digit victories, but each one of its three losses have been by fewer than 10 points. 

The Hilltoppers dropped what was then their third game in a row on Saturday, and fell to Charleston (W.Va.) 78-74. Despite entering with the highest-scoring offense in DII, they were held to a season-low 74 points on 37.7 percent shooting.

However, they responded with a dominating 117-85 win over Glenville State on Monday. So, which performance is more indicative of West Liberty? It's too early to tell. But the Hilltoppers will need more of the latter to get back into next week's poll.

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