The first regional rankings from the NCAA came out on Wednesday, and The University of Scranton men's basketball team is ranked sixth in the Middle Atlantic region.
The Royals (16-5, 8-2 Landmark) will have an opportunity to climb the regional rankings in the next two weeks as they will face two other regionally ranked teams in the next eight days – at seventh-ranked Catholic on Saturday, and home against second-ranked Susquehanna on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The Royals already own victories over both teams earlier this season.
Christopher Newport (19-2) tops the Middle Atlantic rankings, followed by Susquehanna (18-3). To see the full regional rankings, visit http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-men/d3.
The regional rankings are traditionally an important indicator in a team's chances of securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, should it fail to secure an automatic bid. When the Royals earned an at-large bid last season, they debuted in the initial rankings at sixth and moved up one spot a week later in the final public rankings. The NCAA releases public regional rankings on the final two weeks of the regular season. The final rankings, which are given to the tournament selection committee, are not made public.