The University of Scranton men's basketball team is ranked seventh in the second regional rankings, released by the NCAA on Wednesday afternoon.
The Royals (17-6, 9-3 Landmark) fell one spot in the Middle Atlantic region after going 1-1 last week. They were passed by Catholic, which upended the Royals, 63-62, on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Scranton will have a chance to rebound in the rankings when they host Susquehanna tonight at 7 p.m. The River Hawks are ranked second in the Middle Atlantic region.
Christopher Newport (21-2) tops the Middle Atlantic rankings, followed by Susquehanna (20-3). 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. The NCAA will release a third set of rankings on Wednesday, Feb. 22. A final ranking will be made on Sunday, Feb. 26, but will not be made public until after the NCAA Tournament field is released the following day.