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WTAMU Buffs move into Top 10


Following its two wins over the weekend and a 6-0 start to the season, the West Texas A&M men's basketball team moved up two spots in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Top 25 and in the Division II Sports Information Directors Poll.  The Buffs are eighth in the NABC poll and 9th in the SID Poll.

The No. 8 ranking is the highest ranking in school history for the Buffs since in the NABC Poll since it began in 2004-05.  WT was 10th last week in the poll and began the season 21st.  The highest ranking in program history was fifth during the 1986-87 season by the NCAA.  In all, WT has been ranked in the top ten a total of 14 times in program history in all polls.

In this edition of the NABC poll, defending national champion Northwest Missouri State leads the poll with 14 first-place votes, followed by Queens (N.C.) with one and Bellarmine with one.  Lincoln Memorial is fourth and Ferris State is fifth as there were no changes to the top five this week.

Colorado Mines, a South Central Region team, is sixth again this week, followed by West Liberty, WT, Wheeling Jesuit and Christian Brothers rounds out the top ten.  Lone Star Conference member UT Permian Basin moved up three spots this week and is 18th, Fort Lewis is 19th, while Texas A&M-Kingsville moved into the top 25 for the first time at 20th.  Arkansas-Fort Smith is 22nd and Dallas Baptist is 25th, while Angelo State is among others receiving votes, along with Regis.  A total of eight teams from the South Central Region are ranked or receiving votes this week.

The Buffs are ninth in the D2 SID poll this week which is the second-highest ranking in that poll in program history as WT was eighth last year during week five of the season.  Northwest Missouri State also leads the SID poll, followed by Lincoln Memorial, Ferris State, Bellarmine and Queens, respectively.  Wheeling Jesuit is sixth, followed by Arkansas-Fort Smith, Christian Brothers, WT and Western Oregon.

Along with WT and Arkansas-Fort Smith, Colorado Mines sits 11th, while Texas A&M-Kingsville is 23rd in the poll, while UT Permian Basin and Dallas Baptist are receiving votes.   WT began the season ranked 24th in the D2 SID Top 25 and fourth in the region.

The Buffs sit second in the D2 SID Region Rankings this week behind Arkansas-Fort Smith.  UAFS had four first-place votes and 55 points, while WT had one first-place nod and 54 points.  Colorado Mines is third with the remaining first-place vote and 49 points.  Texas A&M-Kingsville is fourth and Dallas Baptist rounds out the top five.  Regis sits sixth, followed by UT Permian Basin, Angelo State, Fort Lewis and Texas A&M-Commerce makes its first appearance in the region rankings this season.

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