Tarleton State is one of just eight remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division II, and the Texans climbed another spot to No. 3 in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches rankings, released Tuesday.
Tarleton’s 12-0 record and lofty ranking will be challenged on the road Wednesday. The Texans visit No. 19 Angelo State in each team’s Lone Star Conference opener at 8 p.m., following a 6 p.m. women’s contest.
Previously No. 2, Florida Southern suffered its first loss, a 107-102 thriller against No. 11 Barry (Fla.), allowing for movement near the top of the poll. West Liberty (W.Va.) remains No. 1, followed in the top five by Colorad-Colorado Springs, Tarleton, Lincoln Memorial, Indianapolis.
The top five plus No. 9 Colorado School of Mines, No. 15 St. Edward’s (Tex.) and No. 22 Lander (SC) are the only remaining unbeatens nationwide.
Tarleton, 40-3 since the start of last season, is ranked by the NABC for the 24th consecutive week and the 92nd time in school history. It’s the 58th time the Texans have been in the top five.