Hillcat Men Drop Ten Spots To No. 19 In NAIA Poll

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 7:20 pm
By: News 9

Rogers State men's basketball coming off back-to-back losses moved to No. 19 in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

RSU, ranked No. 9 last week, opened the season ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll and moved up to a tie at No. 4 in the second poll of the season. The 10 spot fall for RSU in the rankings is behind No. 18 Westminster (Utah) as the Griffins fell 11 spots within the poll, most of any team.

With a 12-4 record, 0-2 in Sooner Athletic Conference the Hillcats will face No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday night inside the Claremore Expo. OBU moved down three spots from No. 1 following a loss to now No. 13 Evangel (Mo.).

The Sooner Athletic Conference ranks tops among conferences and unaffiliated groups with five schools represented in the poll.

USAO moves up from No. 14 to No. 9 in the polls after knocking off the Hillcats this past Thursday in Chickasha, Okla. The Oklahoma City Stars remain ranked-No. 22 while John Brown comes in at No. 25 with a 12-3 record.

Thursday's Top 25 Showdown between RSU and Oklahoma Baptist will tip-off at 8 p.m. inside the Claremore Expo.