CMS men move into national rankings

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s basketball team has moved into the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll at No. 22. The Stags improved to 9-0 with a win on Saturday over Point Loma Nazarene.

CMS is the only SCIAC team earning mention.

The Stags have been bolstered by the return of two-time SCIAC Player of the Year Chris Blees who sustained a season-ending knee injury in the second game last season. He is averaging 15 points and 8.8 rebounds to lead the way.

Here’s the Top 25 rundown:

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 Middlebury (24) 7-0 624 1
2 Virginia Wesleyan (1) 6-1 560 3
3 Augustana 7-1 556 4
4 MIT 11-0 511 7
5 Emory 8-0 490 9
6 Amherst 8-1 480 2
7 Williams 8-1 477 8
8 Whitworth 6-1 417 6
9 Marietta 6-1 396 10
10 Franklin and Marshall 9-0 392 11
11 Cabrini 7-0 360 12
12 Mary Hardin-Baylor 6-0 305 13
13 UW-Whitewater 8-0 279 19
14 St. Thomas 7-1 235 16
15 Puget Sound 8-0 227 20
16 Birmingham-Southern 7-0 214 18
17 Wabash 8-0 212 25
18 Hope 8-1 189 23
19 Wooster 5-2 188 5
20 WPI 8-1 124 15
21 Buffalo State 6-1 85 14
22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9-0 84
23 Rochester 8-2 82 24
24 Oswego State 8-1 75
25 UW-Stevens Point 6-2 63 21

Dropped out: No. 17 Wheaton (Ill.), No. 22 William Paterson.

Others receiving votes: Edgewood 60, Washington U. 60, Wittenberg 60, Rhode Island College 53, Wheaton (Ill.) 52, William Paterson 35, Ohio Wesleyan 27, Western Connecticut 27, Grinnell 22, Bethany 21, St. Mary’s (Md.) 18, Hardin-Simmons 16, Transylvania 14, Texas-Dallas 9, UW-River Falls 8, Rose-Hulman 7, Hobart 5, New Jersey City 4, Hartwick 1, Salem State 1.

The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.