The University of Indianapolis, which was unranked in preseason, has climbed to No. 1 in the NCAA Division II men’s basketball poll.
The Greyhounds (15-0) jumped from No. 3 afterbeating then-No. 4 Bellarmine 66-62 and Southern Indiana 84-67 last week. West Liberty (W. Va.) fell from No. 1 to No. 4 after its first defeat, and Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) stayed at No. 2. Bellarmine dropped to No. 7.
UIndy had a 391-387 edge in points in the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ poll over Lincoln Memorial, which led UIndy in first-place votes 9-7.
This is the second time the Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1, joining the 1996-97 team coached by the late Royce Waltman. That team opened 18-0 for the best start in school history.
Coach Stan Gouard’s Greyhounds have two home games this week in the Great Lakes Valley Conference: McKendree at 7:45 p.m. Thursday and Illinois-Springfield at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, both at Nicoson Hall.