The University of Scranton men's basketball team is slotted eighth in the first NCAA Division III men's basketball regional rankings which were released early Wednesday evening.
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. 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.
The Royals, who sport a 17-4 overall record and are 6-4 in Landmark Conference play, are the conference's lone representative in the rankings.
Swarthmore (18-3) leads the Mid-Atlantic rankings followed by second place Christopher Newport (18-3) and third place Salisbury (16-5). Arcadia (18-3) is fourth while York (Pa.) (15-6), who the Royals defeated on the road in December, 87-68, is fifth. Mary Washington (6th, 14-7) and Johns Hopkins (7th, 14-7) also sit ahead of Scranton, the final team in the rankings.
For the full list of NCAA Division III men's basketball regional rankings, click here.
Scranton leads the Landmark Conference in field goal percentage (48.9%) and free throw percentage (75.8%) this season while also sporting the league's second-best field goal percentage defense (39.8%). The Royals are averaging 75.2 points per game, the second-most in the conference, while allowing 70.0 points against per contest, fourth-best in the league.
Sophomore Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) leads four Royals averaging double-figures with 16.6 points per game while junior Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) averages 15.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest.
Junior Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) is netting 14.7 points per game while freshman Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) is contributing 12.5 points per game.
Scranton is back in action tonight as they host Moravian in a Landmark Conference battle in the Long Center starting at 7 p.m. The Royals are looking to avenge an 80-67 setback suffered to the Greyhounds on January 9 in Bethlehem.