INDIANAPOLIS – With three weeks left before Selection Sunday, the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team finds itself squarely on the playoff bubble, owning a No. 9 ranking in Wednesday’s first official NCAA Div. II West Region rankings.
The Seawolves, 15-5 against D-II competition, are one of just two Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams in the initial top 10, along with No. 4 Western Washington (18-5).
Pacific West Conference program Cal Baptist (21-2) holds down the top spot, followed by California Collegiate Athletic Association squads UC San Diego (19-5) and San Francisco State (19-3).
UAA finds itself in competition with multiple CCAA and Pac West Conference clubs for the remaining playoff spots, with Chico State (16-6) at No. 5, Sonoma State (17-5) at No. 6, Hawaii Pacific (17-2) at No. 7 and Dixie State at No. 8. The Seawolves have split their season series against WWU and have road losses against HPU and Chaminade (15-6), which holds down the No. 10 position.
The rankings take into account only games played through Feb. 12.
The regional rankings will be released again Feb. 22 and Mar. 1, leading to the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field on Mar. 5. The top five teams in the final rankings – along with the winners of the GNAC, CCAA and Pac West tournaments – will make the NCAAs, with the top seed generally earning the right to host.
UAA has four regular-season games remaining prior to the GNAC Tournament, starting Thursday at Concordia (Ore.) at 7:15 p.m. AST.
NCAA Div. II West Region
Men’s Basketball Rankings – Feb. 15, 2017
Rk Team vs DII vs West
1 California Baptist 21-2 20-2
2 UC San Diego 19-5 19-5
3 San Francisco St. 19-3 19-3
4 Western Washington 18-5 18-3
5 Chico State 16-6 16-6
6 Sonoma State 17-5 17-5
7 Hawaii Pacific 17-2 16-2
8 Dixie State 16-6 16-6
9 Alaska Anchorage 15-5 15-5
10 Chaminade 15-6 15-6
(records through Feb. 12)
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