INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The 12th-ranked Railsplitters have taken over the top spot in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll after a pair of statement wins this past week, as the latest region rankings were revealed late Wednesday afternoon. This leap to the top of the Southeast Region comes in the wake of the Railsplitters' move from 19th to 12th in the latest NABC/Division II Coaches Poll which was released on Monday afternoon.
Lincoln Memorial University (20-4, 13-3 SAC) moved from second to first in the poll after notching a 69-64 victory over the Carson-Newman Eagles on Wednesday and a 73-64 win over the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears on Saturday of this past week. The 'Splitters moved into a two-way tie for first in the South Atlantic Conference standings with Wingate University heading into the final week of the regular-season schedule.
The South Atlantic Conference placed four member institutions in the season's second Southeast Region poll. Alongside top-seeded Lincoln Memorial, Wingate (17-7) ranks seventh, Anderson (16-8) is ninth, while Carson-Newman (15-5) is tenth. The Peach Belt Conference notched three spots in the poll with South Carolina Aiken (17-6) in second, UNC Pembroke (16-8) in sixth and defending Southeast Region champions Montevallo (16-8) in ninth. The final three spots went to Conference Carolinas, as Barton (18-6), Limestone (17-7) and King (18-7) held down the three through five spots.
The Railsplitters are set to get the final week of the regular-season schedule underway this evening (February 27) with a South Atlantic Conference battle with the Wingate Bulldogs in Wingate, North Carolina. The winner of tonight's contest, which tips at 8 p.m., is assured at least a share of the SAC regular-season championship, as the Railsplitters and Bulldogs are knotted in a two-way tie for first in the league at this juncture. Lincoln Memorial won the first matchup between the two teams, earning a 60-58 victory over WU back on January 26th in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Lincoln Memorial returns to Tex Turner Arena on March 2nd for the regular-season finale, as they welcome Catawba College to town. That evening will also function as Senior Day with Cam Carden, Wally Jones, Dustin Craig, Jake Troyli and Jairocey Simpson set to be honored prior to the SAC duel with the Indians. LMU aims to avenge a 73-63 defeat at the hands of the Indians on February 2nd in Salisbury, North Carolina.