Men's basketball jumps to fourth in NCAA East Region Rankings

Men's basketball jumps to fourth in NCAA East Region Rankings

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia men's basketball team climbed three positions up to fourth in the latest set of NCAA Division II East Region Rankings, released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Philadelphia picked up a pair of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victories last week to make the largest jump in the rankings. The Rams earned a 65-43 road win at Georgian Court on Feb. 18 and knocked off Holy Family 76-66 on Feb. 20.

The top three spots in the rankings remain unchanged from a week ago with Saint Anselm from the Northeast-10 first, Holy Family in second, and Northeast-10 member Southern Connecticut in third.

The Northeast-10, which has seven teams in the rankings, also has Stonehill in fifth, Bentley in sixth, Adelphi in eighth, Southern New Hampshire in ninth, and Merrimack in 10th.

St. Thomas Aquinas, the lone representative from the East Coast Conference, is seventh.

Philadelphia suffered a 74-70 loss to Chestnut Hill on Feb. 23 to conclude the regular season at 21-7 overall and 14-5 against the CACC.

The Rams, the southern division two seed, will host Concordia (N.Y.), the three seed out of the north, in the first round of the CACC Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 4:30 in the Gallagher Center. 

NCAA Division II East Region Rankings
(Records as of 2/21) 
School Division II Record Region Record
1. St. Anselm 20-5 20-5
2. Holy Family 22-5 22-5
3. Southern Connecticut 21-6 21-6
4. Philadelphia U. 21-6 21-6
5. Stonehill 19-7 19-7
6. Bentley 18-7 18-7
7. St. Thomas Aquinas 22-4 22-4
8. Adelphi 19-8 18-8
9. Southern New Hampshire 17-10 17-10
10. Merrimack 15-11 15-11