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INDIANAPOLIS – The second installment of the NCAA men's basketball regional rankings were released on Wednesday, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville has slipped to No. 3 in the poll despite winning both games it played since the first release of the poll a week ago.
At the conclusion of the regular season and conference tournaments, the rankings will be used to seed the NCAA South Regional portion of the national tournament. Only games against Division II opponents are considered for the purpose of the rankings, and the poll is the result of multiple numerical factors such as strength of schedule.
The top eight in the final edition of the regional rankings make the NCAA tournament, though it is possible for less to qualify if an automatic berth is won by a team outside of the top eight. The automatic berths are granted to the champions of the three conference tournaments in the South Region – the Gulf South Conference, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Sunshine State Conference.
Saint Leo – who was third a week ago – jumps up to the top position after capturing at least a share of the regular season SSC title. The Lions (20-5 Division II, 18-5 in-region) earned a strong road win at Rollins on Saturday to aid their cause.
Dropping to second but remaining ahead of UAH is Florida Southern who lost twice last week. The Mocs now sit at 18-5 in Division II play and 17-4 in South Region play.
The Chargers are 20-3 in games against Division II opponents and boast a 19-3 in-region record.
Behind UAH in fourth is Rollins (14-6, 11-6), while Eckerd (16-6, 16-6) rounds out the top five. Ranking sixth is Benedict (18-5, 18-5), and Christian Brothers (14-8, 14-8) places seventh ahead of fellow GSC member North Alabama (15-6, 15-6) who is eighth.
Florida Tech (10-9, 10-7) and Morehouse (17-7, 16-7) complete the rankings.