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February 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Men’s Basketball Ranked Seventh in Mid-Atlantic Region

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Photo by Josh Blustein

The Arcadia University men’s basketball team is ranked seventh in the initial NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings released by the NCAA on Feb. 6. The NCAA ranks teams in Division III for the final three weeks of the season leading up to the NCAA Tournament selection, which takes place on Sunday, Feb. 24. The Knights are 13-8 overall and 13-6 in the region. This is believed to be the first time that the team has ever been regionally ranked.

Arcadia sits in a tie for third in the MAC Commonwealth with an 8-7 record with three games remaining. The top five teams earn a playoff spot. The Knights will host Lycoming on Saturday, Feb. 9, and then travel to face Lebanon Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 12, before wrapping up the regular season at Widener on Saturday, Feb. 16.

“Its a great accomplishment for our program to be regionally ranked,” said Men’s Basketball Head Coach Justin Scott. “Our team has shown great improvement this season and we’ve gotten some key wins along the way. Our goal now is to finish strong and make the conference playoffs.”

The Knights were 5-2 in non-conference play, with one of those losses coming at the hands of Division I Lafayette and the other coming against national power Randolph to open the season. Arcadia has had some key wins this season, including defeating Commonwealth defending champion Messiah and Freedom Conference power DeSales on the road.

Arcadia is led by a quartet of double-figure scorers. Joe Brown is scoring 13.2 ppg and grabbing 7.0 rpg. Khalief Trawick is adding 12.9 ppg, while Travis Saltus is scoring 10.9 ppg and Aaron Lee-Webb is scoring 10.2 ppg.

Only two other teams in the Delaware Valley are regionally ranked, including Stockton and last year’s national runner-up Cabrini. Stockton is ranked fourth in the Atlantic Region and Cabrini is eighth in the Mid-Atlantic.

NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings (Feb. 6, 2013)

  1. Catholic
  2. Albright
  3. St. Mary’s (MD)
  4. Alvernia
  5. Wesley
  6. Scranton
  7. Arcadia
  8. Cabrini
  9. Franklin & Marshall
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