MINNEAPOLIS – The best start since the 2000-01 season has launched the Salisbury University men's basketball team into the national rankings, going from receiving votes to the No. 17 spot in the nation in the D3hoops.com poll, released on Monday.
Salisbury claimed 181 points in the first regular-season poll, just 12 points behind No. 16 John Carroll University. The Sea Gulls have won five-straight games to open up the year, including a decisive 71-60 win against then-No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan College.
Augustana College remains the No. 1 team in the nation, now a unanimous selection with all 25 first-place votes and 625 points, while No. 2 Whitworth University (573 points), No. 3 University of St. Thomas-Minnesota (571), and No. 4 Amherst College (548) all moved up one spot after Virginia Wesleyan fell to No. 15. Hope College, with 511 points, rounds out the top five.
The Sea Gulls are joined in the top 25 by fellow Capital Athletic Conference member Christopher Newport University, which earned 137 points, to sit at No. 21, setting up a top-25 showdown as the Sea Gulls and Captains (4-0) get together for the teams' CAC opener on Wednesday, December 2 in Newport News, Virginia, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
To see the poll in its entirety, click here.