BRISTOL, Tenn. – The first NCAA Regional Rankings are out, and the King University men’s basketball team is ranked third in the southeast region. The Tornado are 19-5 on the season with four regular season games remaining.
In the first of three installments, the Tornado come in third behind Lincoln Memorial University and Queens University in the men’s basketball regional rankings. King currently leads Conference Carolinas with a 14-2 Conference Carolinas mark and hold a 2.5 game lead over second place and three game lead over third with four games to play.
King currently leads all of NCAA Division II in three-point shooting, knocking down 12.7 triples per contest. Their defense has been stellar as well, narrowly ranking second in the country with an average of 10.4 steals per game.
King owns a 3-1 record against teams currently ranked in the NCAA Southeast Regional Rankings. In the season opener, King defeated then national fifth-ranked Lincoln Memorial 83-69. Five days later, the Tornado traveled and defeated Lander University 69-64. In Conference Carolinas play, King split with the University of Mount Olive, falling on the road and taking an 85-50 victory over the Trojans in the Student Center Complex.
The Tornado are in action again tonight at Pfeiffer University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The second regional rankings come out on February 24 and the NCAA Division II Tournament field will be selected on March 6.
NCAA Regional Rankings Record In Region
- Lincoln Memorial 20-2 20-2
- Queens 21-2 21-2
- King 18-5 18-5
- Wingate 17-7 17-7
- Montevallo 15-7 15-7
- Columbus State 15-6 15-6
- Lenoir-Rhyne 16-7 16-7
- Georgia College 17-8 17-8
- Mount Olive 15-10 15-10
- Lander 17-8 17-8