Posted: Feb 18, 2014 4:40 PM by Cristina Alexander, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Updated: Feb 18, 2014 5:47 PM
KANSAS CITY - For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, Central Methodist University has entered the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Eagles are ranked 22nd in the country in the eighth edition of the poll with 78 points.
Central Methodist is one of three newcomers to the poll. The Eagles, who are 9-1 in their last 10 games, are ranked for the first time since Mar. 2, 2010 when they were No. 13. The 81-78 win over the then-No. 10 Culver-Stockton on Feb. 13 was the second top 10 victory in seven days for Central Methodist.
Eagles senior guard Melvin Tillman earned the National Player of the Week on Tuesday after averaging 33.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two wins last week.
The Green and Black host Evangel on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT with third place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings and a potential at-large berth in the NAIA National Championship at stake. Evangel was ranked 17th last week, but is one of three programs to fall out of the Top 25.
The Crusaders reached as high as No. 5 on Jan. 21, but have gone 3-5 since that day, including an 87-83 overtime loss to the Eagles on Feb. 6.
For the fourth-straight week, Cal State San Marcos stands in the No. 1 position
All 10 conferences and independents are represented in this week's poll. Six conferences continue to have a trio of programs ranked among the Top 25.