The University of Scranton men's basketball team is up two spots to fifth in the latest Middle Atlantic Region rankings, released by the NCAA on Wednesday afternoon.
The Royals (19-6), who were ranked seventh last week, had wins last week over Susquehanna, which is ranked second in the Middle Atlantic, and Goucher. Scranton hosts Catholic (17-8), which is ranked seventh in the Middle Atlantic, tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a Landmark Conference semifinal in the Long Center. Moravian is ranked eighth, giving the Landmark Conference four of the eight ranked teams in the Middle Atlantic.
Wednesday's regional rankings are the final public rankings before the NCAA Tournament field is announced on Monday, Feb. 27. The committee will create one more regional ranking on Sunday, but will not make that ranking public until after the NCAA field is announced on Monday.
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 were fifth in the regional rankings heading into the Landmark playoffs, where they lost a semifinal at Susquehanna.
To see the full regional rankings, visit http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-men/d3.