Men's Hoops Tied for 5th in West Region Rankings

Dec. 4, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Coming off a 2-0 start to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season with a pair of dominating victories, the Western Washington men's basketball team moved up to a tie for 5th in the D2SIDA West Region Poll. 

The Vikings (5-2) opened GNAC play with a 99-72 win over Concordia on Nov. 30 and then handed nationally No. 13-ranked Western Oregon its first defeat of the season with a 85-58 on Dec. 2. 

WWU moved up to a tie for 5th in the regional poll after receiving votes last week, which is voted on by Sports Information Directors and media members in the west region. 

The Vikings return to action next week hosting Cal State East Bay (4-5) on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 pm on WECU Court at Carver Gym. 

Here is a look at the current D2SIDA West Region Poll:

 Rank School (1st Place Votes Record Points Prev.
 1.  Cal Poly Pomona (4) 6-1 54 T5
 Concordia-Irvine (1) 8-2 54 8
 3.  Chico State (1) 5-2 48 3
 4.  Western Oregon 7-1 38 1
 5.  Western Washington 5-2 30 RV
 Chaminade 5-3 30 4
 7.  UC San Diego 5-3 29 T9
 8.   California Baptist 6-2 16 2
 9.   Azusa Pacific 6-4 11 NR
 10.  Northwest Nazarene 6-2 7 NR
NCAA Statistics:
WWU leads all of NCAA Division II in rebound margin, holding a +16.0 edge in boards per game in the seven games so far (305 - 193 advantage in rebounds over opponents). That included a 25-rebound advantage last Thursday over Concordia (50-25) and +18 in the win over Western Oregon (39-21). The Vikings are also listed No. 2 in blocked shots per game (6.7), 4th in field goal percentage (53.1%), 5th in scoring margin (+23.4), 6th in total blocks (47) and 12th in scoring offense (91.6 points per game). Here is a look at where WWU ranks in the updated NCAA II national statistics (through games of 12/3/17):
 Stat Rank Value
 Scoring Offense 12 91.6
 Scoring Defense 40 68.1
 Scoring Margin 5 23.4
 Rebound Margin 1 16
 Assists Per Game 33 17.7
 Blocked Shots Per Game 2 6.7
 Steals Per Game T-187 6
 Turnover Margin T-183 -0.9
 Assist Turnover Ratio 75 1.2
 FG Percentage 4 53.1
 FG Percentage Defense 11 38.9
 3-Point FG Goal/Game T-164 7.6
 3-Point FG Percentage 186 34.6
 Free Throw Percentage 8 79.4
 Won-Lost Percentage T-77 71.4
Here is a look at the updated statistics for WWU Basketball:

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