ThunderWolves pegged No. 8 in first NCAA South Central Region ranking

ThunderWolves pegged No. 8 in first NCAA South Central Region ranking

NCAA RANKINGS

INDIANAPOLIS (February 15, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team showed up as No. 8 in the first edition of the NCAA South Central Region rankings, announced Wednesday.

The ThunderWolves own a 17-7 record this season and have played all their games inside the region.

The Pack are one of four teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the top 10. Colorado School of Mines was placed at No. 2, while Fort Lewis College ranks No. 5 and Regis University is No. 9.

Tarelton State University from the Lone Star Conference is No. 1. The LSC dominates the list with six teams in the top 10. At No. 3 is West Texas A&M University, University of Texas-Permian Basin is No. 4, Cameron University ranks No. 6, Texas A&M University-Commerce sits No. 7 and Texas A&M University-Kingsville is No. 10.

The Heartland Conference is the other league in the region, but didn't have a team represented.

The NCAA regional rankings will determine seeding for the NCAA South Central Region Tournament March 11-14. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the field of 64, with the top seed in each region serving as hosts. The tournament winner of each conference earns an automatic bid to the regional, while the other five spots are filled with at-large teams. The winner of the NCAA South Central Region will advance to the Division II Elite Eight.

The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Selection Show is set for Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. The selection show will stream live on NCAA.com.

The ThunderWolves have already secured a first round home game for the start of the RMAC Shootout Feb. 28. Their 15-4 record stands alone in third place. CSU-Pueblo will wrap the home portion of the regular season Saturday when it hosts Colorado Christian University at 7:30 p.m. The contest will serve as Senior Night at Massari Arena for five members of the team.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.