HUTCHINSON DROPS TO NO. 14 IN NJCAA MEN’S RANKINGS

Chris Giles and the Blue Dragon men's basketball team are ranked No. 14 in this week's NJCAA Division I Rankings. (Casey Bailey/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Chris Giles and the Blue Dragon men's basketball team are ranked No. 14 in this week's NJCAA Division I Rankings. (Casey Bailey/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
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NJCAA DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL RANKINGS

  Record Points Last Week
1. South Plains (13)
2. Vincennes (3)
3. Northwest Florida State
4. Tallahassee
5. Florida SouthWestern State
6. Ranger
7. Salt Lake
8. John A. Logan
9. Coffeyville
10. Trinity Valley
11. Casper
12. Snow
13. Southern Idaho
14. Hutchinson
15. Indian Hills
16. Odessa
17. Pearl River
18. Chipola
19. Daytona State
20. New Mexico
21. Sheridan
22. Hill
23. Western Nebraska
24. Southeastern
25. Eastern Florida State
10-0
12-0
12-1
15-0
13-1
13-1
11-2
12-1
12-2
13-1
15-1
13-0
12-3
12-2
11-3
12-3
9-0
14-1
13-2
10-1
13-1
13-1
12-4
12-2
11-4
397
386
356
341
313
310
282
271
263
153
218
195
193
190
170
164
155
137
112
81
73
48
39
33
31
1
2
4
5
6
7
9
11
3
10
12
16
13
8
18
15
17
20
19
22
22
RV
14
RV
25
Others Receiving Votes: Bossier Parish (11-0, 27); Barton (11-2, 22); Navarro (13-1, 19); Northeast Mississippi (10-1, 19); Georgia Highlands (10-2, 18); Snead State (13-2, 16); Seward County (9-2, 15); Shelton State (9-1, 13); Cape Fear (11-2, 9); Harcum (12-2, 9); Central Georgia Tech (9-2, 7); Iowa Western (13-2, 4); Connors State (13-2, 3); Olney Central (12-1, 3); Palm Beach State (11-4, 3); Triton (11-2, 2).

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

It was a tough week for the Jayhawk Conference's top men's teams according to the latest NJCAA Division I Rankings released on Tuesday.

The Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team suffered a loss in its only action last week at Cloud County and dropped six spots to No. 14, the second-straight week the Blue Dragons dropped in the rankings.

In addition to the Blue Dragons, former No. 3 Coffeyville lost on Saturday at Seward County and dropped seven spots to No. 10. Barton, which was No. 9 two weeks ago, has slipped into the receiving votes list.

All three teams have two losses as the season reaches the holiday break.

The Blue Dragons fell to 12-2 overall after a 72-64 loss at Cloud County. The Thunderbirds scored the game's final eight points, all coming in the last 54 seconds of the game.

The Blue Dragons extend their run of consecutive weeks in the NJCAA Rankings to 48. The Blue Dragons started No. 9 in the preseason poll. Hutchinson has appeared in 79 of the last 80 polling periods.

The Blue Dragons will be off until January 5 when they travel to Allen and won't return to the Hutchinson Sports Arena until January 12 to take on the Cowley Tigers and complete their run through the Jayhawk East.

South Plains remains No. 1 for a second-straight week, getting 13 of the 16 first-place votes this week. No. 2 Vincennes University picked up the other three first place votes. Northwest Florida State is No. 3, followed by Tallahassee and Florida SouthWestern.