INDIANAPOLIS (February 22, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team moved up to No. 7 in the second edition of the NCAA South Central Region rankings, announced Wednesday.
The ThunderWolves own an 18-7 record this season and have played all their games inside the region.
The Pack are one of four teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the top 10. Colorado School of Mines is No. 2 for the second straight week, while Fort Lewis College ranks No. 6, a spot below last week after falling to Colorado Mines. Regis University is No. 8 after being ranked No. 9 a week ago.
Tarelton State University from the Lone Star Conference is No. 1. The LSC dominates the list with six teams in the top 10. At No. 3 is University of Texas-Permian Basin, while West Texas A&M University is No. 4 and Texas A&M University-Commerce is up to No. 5. Cameron University ranks No. 9 and Texas A&M University-Kingsville is No. 10.
The Heartland Conference is the other league in the region, but didn't have a team represented.
The NCAA regional rankings will determine seeding for the NCAA South Central Region Tournament March 11-14. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the field of 64, with the top seed in each region serving as hosts. The tournament winner of each conference earns an automatic bid to the regional, while the other five spots are filled with at-large teams. The winner of the NCAA South Central Region will advance to the Division II Elite Eight.
The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Selection Show is set for Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. MST. The selection show will stream live on NCAA.com.
The ThunderWolves have secured a first round home game for the start of the RMAC Shootout Feb. 28. Their 16-4 record stands alone in third place entering the final weekend of league play. The Pack hit the road Feb. 24-25 for contests at Western State Colorado University and Colorado Mesa University.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.