FUQUAY-VARINA, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Rams join the defending CIAA Champion, Shaw Bears at #1 in the first Boxtorow National HBCU Division II/NAIA Top 10 Basketball Poll. The Rams and Bears received eight first and second place votes each.
Bowie State is in third place, followed by defending Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Champion (GCAC) Tougaloo at #4. Fellow GCAC member Xavier (La.) rounded out the top five.
Benedict of the SIAC is #6, followed by NCAA Division II Independent Central State at #7. Paine and Saint Augustine's are tied at #8. The Elizabeth City State Vikings round out the top 10.
FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW (Boxtorow) is the nationally syndicated sports talk radio show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The show airs on radio stations around the country and Fridays from 1-2p ET on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 141.
The voters are comprised of some of the top media members in the country who cover Division I and Division II/NAIA basketball. The poll is in its fourth year.
2011-12 Boxtorow National HBCU Division II/NAIA Top 10 Basketball Poll
Week: 1 -- January 17, 2012
No. Team (W-L, Pts)
1. Shaw (8) (13-2, 152)
2. Winston-Salem State (8) (13-2, 152)
3. Bowie State (11-3, 110)
4. Tougaloo (13-5, 82)
5. Xavier (La.) (13-5, 64)
6. Benedict (7-3, 62)
7. Central State (11-5, 50)
8. Paine (8-4, 46)
T-8. Saint Augustine's (9-6, 46)
10. Elizabeth City State (8-7, 28)