KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College men's basketball team was slotted 11th in the most recent NCAA Northeast Regional Rankings, as announced Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.
The Owls moved down one spot from last week's poll, though they did post a pair of victories since then, having defeated Western Connecticut State University 78-77 at home on February 6 before running away from Rhode Island College 87-68 on February 9 in Providence. The victories extended their season-long winning streak to nine.
The poll saw movement throughout, as Amherst College moved to No. 1 in the region (No. 11 nationally) after debuting in 11th last week. MIT (No. 8 nationally) came in second, while Hamilton College (No. 10) moved up three spots to third. Nichols College (No. 17) and Middlebury College (No. 25) each moved down a spot, to fourth and fifth respectively, while Williams College (No. 18) slipped four spots after a pair of home losses. Fellow Little East member Eastern Connecticut State University remained in seventh, and was followed by Gordon College, Wesleyan University, and new entrant Colby College.
The Owls continue to be led by senior Ty Nichols (Springfield, Mass.), who remains second in the nation in scoring average and narrowly missed a triple-double when he recorded 30 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and five steals in the win at Rhode Island College. Nichols is also pulling down a team-best seven rebounds per game and dishing out five assists per contest. Sophomore James Anozie (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) grabs 6.5 boards per contest, while fellow classmate Miguel Prieto (Providence, R.I.) averages 4.1 assists per game.
Keene State has played five games against regionally ranked teams, and a sixth is awaiting on Saturday, February 16, when the Owls will host Eastern Connecticut in a huge conference matchup at 3:00 p.m. KSC can clinch the top seed in the LEC for the first time since 2006 with a victory on Senior Day. Fans are encouraged to wear red to the game to support the American Heart Association.