by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's basketball team remains sixth in the latest D2SIDA Southeast Region Poll released Monday.
The Bulldogs, now 15-5 overall and 10-2 in Conference Carolinas, put that ranking in jeopardy last week with a lopsided 90-56 loss at Limestone College, ranked No. 4 in the region at the time. However, Barton also produced a quality win at Emmanuel College last week as well as another road victory at Southern Wesleyan University.
Barton was also helped in maintaining its position by the fact that four other teams ranked in last week's top 10 – No. 3 Augusta University, No. 5 UNC Pembroke, No. 7 USC Aiken and No. 9 Montevallo – lost a game as well.
Queens University (19-1) kept its hold on the top spot, once again receiving four first-place votes and 58 total points. Fellow South Atlantic Conference member Lincoln Memorial University (16-4) moved closer to the Royals in second, collecting the two remaining first-place votes and 56 points.
Limestone (18-3) moved up to third place, jumping Augusta (15-4), and Pfeiffer University (18-3) rose from eighth to fifth. Barton will host Pfeiffer, the nation's highest scoring team, on Wednesday in a Conference Carolinas showdown.
Following the Bulldogs in the poll were UNCP in seventh, Young Harris College in eighth and USC Aiken in ninth. Wingate University moved into the final spot, bumping out both Columbus State University and Montevallo, who were tied for tenth last week. Wingate has won 10 straight games since starting the season 3-7 and handed Queens its only loss of the year.
The poll is administered and voted upon by regional members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
D2SIDA Southeast Region Poll (1/30/17)
1. Queens (19-1)
2. Lincoln Memorial (16-4)
3. Limestone (18-3)
4. Augusta (15-4)
5. Pfeiffer (18-3)
6. Barton (15-5)
7. UNC Pembroke (14-6)
8. Young Harris (13-6)
9. USC Aiken (14-5)
10. Wingate (13-7)