USI Men’s Basketball is 5th in first regional poll


 The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team is ranked fifth in the first NCAA Division II Midwest Region poll of 2017-18.

On top of the Midwest Region is third-ranked Ferris State University, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and 15th-ranked University of Findlay, a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The Great Lakes Valley Conference’s and seventh-ranked Bellarmine University and the GLIAC’s Lake Superior State University round out the top four teams at third and fourth, respectively.

USI is followed in the rankings by Hillsdale College (sixth); Drury University (seventh); Malone University (eighth); Walsh University (ninth); and the University of Indianapolis (10th). The G-MAC leads the conferences with four teams in the rankings, while the GLVC and GLIAC have three teams each.

The top eight teams from the Midwest Region advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament at the end of the season. The regional is routinely hosted by the top seed in the regional.

USI will finish the 2017-18 regular season with four-straight road games, beginning with William Jewell College Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Rockhurst University Saturday at 3 p.m. The road trip concludes the following week with visits to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (February 22) and Lewis University (February 24).