The first NCAA Division II West Region men’s poll is out and both locals have made the cut so far. The Regional poll is more pivotal than any national poll because it is that poll that is used to determine the field for the postseason. Eight regions will have eight-team tournaments.
In the West, Cal Poly Pomona (21-1, 17-1) is second and Cal State San Bernardino (15-6, 13-5) sixth.
The No. 1 team typically gets to host the regional tournament and that right for now is in the hands of Western Washington, last year’s D2 national champion.
Seattle Pacific, Dixie State and Grand Canyon are third, fourth and fifth.
Chaminade is seventh, followed by Alaska-Anchorage, San Francisco State and Chico State.
The NCAA will announce two more polls during the regular season (Feb. 27 and March 6) and the tournament field will be announced March 10.