Men’s Basketball Moves Up to 7th in NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings

The men's basketball team heads into the final week of the regular season ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
The men's basketball team heads into the final week of the regular season ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

The University of Scranton men's basketball team has moved up one spot to seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region as the second NCAA Division III men's basketball regional rankings which were released on Wednesday afternoon.  The Royals were slotted eighth in the first rankings announced a week ago.

The regional rankings help indicate a team's chances of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament if it does not claim an automatic bid to the field by winning it's conference championship. 

Today's rankings are the second of three to be released before the NCAA Tournament selections are made and announced on Monday, Feb. 25.  A final set of regional rankings will be released after the tournament bracket is revealed.

Scranton is 19-4 this season and have clinched a berth in the Landmark Conference playoffs, holding an 8-4 mark against league opponents with two conference games remaining.  The Royals remain the Landmark's only representative in the regional rankings.

The top-two teams in the region have remained the same with Swarthmore (20-3) leading the way followed by Christopher Newport (20-3).  York (Pa.) (17-6), who Scranton defeated on the road in December, 87-68, is third while Salisbury (17-6) is fourth).

Mary Washington (16-7) and Arcadia (20-3) sit just ahead of the Royals in fifth and sixth place, respectively, while Johns Hopkins (15-8) checks in in eighth.

For the full list of NCAA Division III men's basketball regional rankings, click here.

Scranton is averaging 78.7 points per game while allowing 70.3 points per game.  The Royals are enjoying a Landmark Conference-leading 48.9 field goal percentage while holding opponents to just 39.8 percent shooting from the floor, second-best in the league.  Scranton's 2.9 rebounding margin is also second-best in the conference.  The Royals are also ranked 14th in the country with 116 blocked shots and are 18th with 420 free throws made on the season.

Sophomore Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) leads in scoring with 17.2 points per game, second-best in the Landmark Conference, while junior Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) has been a double-double machine with a conference-best 10 on the year while averaging 15.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

Scranton's balanced offense also sees junior Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and freshman Jackson Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) average double-figures with 14.3 and 12.4 points per game, respectively.

Scranton travels to Madison, N.J. this evening to take on Drew in a key Landmark Conference game starting at 7 p.m.

--ROYALS--