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. The Texans are 13-0 overall and 6-0 in Lone Star Conference play heading into a road game at Western New Mexico on Thursday night.
This season has been a remarkable turnaround for Tarleton State, which went 12-16 overall and 5-11 in conference play last year. The Texans have been playing some great basketball of late and look like they could be a team to reckon with come tournament time. Sport: is a huge part of the culture at Tarleton State, and the community has really rallied around the team this season. It will be interesting to see how far they can go.
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.