FHSU Men's Basketball makes giant leap in national rankings to No. 10

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Fort Hays State made a giant leap in the national rankings on Tuesday (Dec. 6) from No. 24 in the nation to No. 10. The Tigers are in the top 10 for the third consecutive year. Fort Hays State is out to a 7-0 start, 1-0 in the MIAA, and hosts Washburn on Wednesday night in the MIAA home opener.

This is the largest one-week leap between regular season polls the Tigers have ever experienced in NCAA Division II. The previous largest leap between regular season polls was over the last two years, when FHSU jumped eight spots from No. 22 to No. 14 in 2009-10 and No. 14 to No. 6 in 2010-11.

Fort Hays State puts that ranking to the test twice this week against Washburn and Missouri Western at home. The Tigers are one of 11 teams in the top 25 that are unbeaten as of Monday, December 5. Three of the teams in front of the Tigers have one loss this year.

Fort Hays State and Missouri Southern are the only MIAA teams in the rankings for the second straight week. Missouri Southern takes over as the nation's top ranked team this week after a 9-0 start to the year. The Lions were No. 2 last week, but No. 1 Bellarmine, the defending national champion, suffered its first loss of the season.

The complete Top 25 is listed below...

TeamRecordPoints
1.Missouri Southern8-0199(7 first place votes)2.Metropolitan State (Colo.)7-0189
T3.Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.)8-0176
T3.Southern Indiana6-0176
5.Kentucky Wesleyan6-0170(1 first place vote)6.Bellarmine (Ky.)6-1158
7.Colorado School of Mines5-0156
8.Humboldt State (Calif.)5-1123
9.Findlay (Ohio)6-1120
10.Fort Hays State (Kan.)7-097
11.West Liberty (W.Va.)7-194
12.Tarleton State (Texas)6-183
13.Rollins (Fla.)6-081
T14.Cal Poly Pomona4-079
T14.Indiana (Pa.)5-179
16.Augustana (S.D.)5-174
17.Winona State (Minn.)6-170
18.Alabama-Huntsville5-266
19.Georgia Southwestern6-163
20.Bowie State (Md.)3-153
21.Benedict (S.C.)3-151
22.Alaska-Anchorage4-235
23.Northern Kentucky6-033
24.Midwestern State (Texas)6-029
25.Arkansas Tech4-126

Others receiving votes: Western Washington 19, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 16, Montevallo (Ala.) 16, Harding (Ark.) 12, Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10, West Georgia 9, Mount Olive (N.C.) 8, Hillsdale (Mich.) 6, LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) 6, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 4, West Texas A&M 4, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 2, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 2, Western Oregon 2, District of Columbia 1, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 1, Southern New Hampshire 1, Stonehill (Mass.) 1.

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