BB Men Jump Into West Region Rankings

News Release Date:
Friday, February 11, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- For the first time since Whitman College shifted its national athletic affiliation to NCAA Division III in the mid-1990s, its men's basketball team has jumped into the regional rankings.

Eric Bridgeland

The resurgent Missionaries, now 15-6 on the season, are No. 7 in the West Region rankings released Wednesday.

Whitman has won 13 of its last 15 games and is tied for second place with Lewis & Clark in the Northwest Conference standings.

"We're very excited about being ranked in the west region," Whitman coach Eric Bridgeland said. "This is a great day for Whitman basketball. It is always a positive thing to be recognized for the work one does. Our student-athletes have earned this recognition."

"Our region has 60-plus teams," Bridgeland added. "If we don't earn the NWC's automatic berth into the NCAA's, the selection commitee will look directly at the region rankings to award at-large selections into the 61-team field."

Whitworth, which moved atop the DIII national rankings this week, also tops the regional poll. Rounding out the top five, in order, are St. Thomas (Minn.), Wisconsin-River Falls, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Chapman.

Carleton is No. 6, one spot in front of Whitman. Lewis & Clark is No. 8 followed by St. Olaf at No. 9.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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