KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Already off to the best start in school history, the Mount Mercy men's basketball team added another milestone this afternoon, checking in at No. 9 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
This is the first appearance in the top 10 for the Mustangs, who were 11th in the previous poll. Mount Mercy also got as high as No. 11 in 1995-96. The Mustangs put together a 20-game winning streak that season and made the program's lone appearance in the NAIA Division II national tournament.
Mount Mercy is one of two Midwest Collegiate Conference teams in the top 10. William Penn (17-1, 305 pts.) jumped three spots to No. 4 this week. Eastern Oregon (19-1, 342 pts.) took over the top spot, followed by Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (16-1, 332 pts.) and Northwood (Fla.) (15-1, 317 pts.).
Rounding out the top 10 are former number one Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (16-2, 300 pts.), Indiana Wesleyan (15-2, 296 pts.), Northwestern (13-4, 265 pts.), Davenport (Mich.) (14-3, 258 pts.), Mount Mercy (16-2, 247 pts.) and Dordt (15-3, 237 pts.).
The Mustangs have lost two games by a total of five points. They dropped a 64-63 overtime decision at Trinity International (Ill.) on Nov. 3. Then, after 10 straight wins, Mount Mercy was beaten at Culver-Stockton (Mo.), 74-70, on Dec. 15.
The Mustangs are at Clarke in MCC action on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kehl Center in Dubuque, then host Iowa Wesleyan in a non-conference match up on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Hennessey Recreation Center.