The University of Scranton men's basketball team is slotted sixth in the first NCAA Division III men's basketball regional rankings which were released on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
Scranton, who is 16-5 overall and in a first-place tie on top of the Landmark Conference standings at 8-2, is one of just two Landmark teams to make an appearance in the first regional rankings release. Right behind the Royals in seventh is Drew, who sports a 17-4 record and is currently the squad tied with Scranton for first in the Landmark.
Leading the first Mid-Atlantic Region rankings is unbeaten Swarthmore (21-0), followed by Johns Hopkins (19-2) in second, and Christopher Newport (18-5) in third. Widener (18-2) is fourth, followed by York (18-5) and the Royals. Haverford rounds out the top eight of the rankings sporting a 16-5 mark.
For the full list of NCAA Division III men's basketball regional rankings, click here.
On the year, Scranton has been a consistent force on top of the Landmark Conference, as the Royals lead the league in field goal percentage offense (47 percent), third-point percentage offense (37.5), and assists per game (16.4).
Averaging 76.4 points per game, the Royals have been led on both ends by senior forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) who has already registered 11 double-doubles on the year while averaging 17.2 points per game and 10.5 rebounds a contest. Mancuso currently second in the Landmark Conference in both scoring and rebounding average, as well. Junior guard Logan Bailey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep), meanwhile, leads the league in field goal shooting percentage at 59.8 percent, as he is averaging 14.6 points a game for the Royals.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team returns to action this evening, traveling to Moravian for a Landmark Conference road match-up. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.