Men’s Basketball Climbs to Seventh in East Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The Merrimack men's basketball team moved up to seventh in the East Region as the second regional rankings of the 2011-12 season were released Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors climbed two spots in the rankings after being tabbed ninth in the season's first rankings. Merrimack is one of six teams from the Northeast-10 Conference to appear in the regional rankings.

Eight teams from each of the nation's eight regions will be selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The three conference-tournament winners in the East Region each receive an automatic bid while five at-large berths are up for grabs. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for March 4.

Merrimack finished the 2011-12 regular season with a 15-11 overall record and a 12-10 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Warriors tied for fifth in the final standings with Southern Connecticut and received the No. 6 seed in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament.

Franklin Pierce remained atop the regional rankings with a 20-6 overall record while Adelphi stayed in the second spot owning a 19-7 mark on the year. District of Columbia, ranked No. 18 in the NABC National Poll, garnered third in the regional rankings with a 22-3 record.

Stonehill jumped to fourth with an overall record of 18-8 and Bloomfield, last season's East Regional champion, garnered the fifth slot with a 21-7 mark on the year.

With a 17-9 record on the season, UMass Lowell grabbed the No. 6 spot in the East Region. C.W. Post was tabbed eighth in the ranking as it owns a 20-5 mark this year. Bentley and Philadelphia University rounded out the top 10 with records of 15-11 and 17-8, respectively.

This season, Merrimack is 5-6 against teams in the East Region's rankings. The Warriors have claimed wins over Franklin Pierce, UMass Lowell, Philadelphia, Bloomfield and Stonehill.

Merrimack has made eight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three-straight appearances from 2008 to 2010. The Warriors last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2010 with a 20-8 record and advanced to the semifinals of the East Region bracket before losing to national-semifinalist Bentley.

Merrimack will travel to face third-seeded Stonehill February 26 in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament.

NCAA East Regional Ranking (as of 2/22)

1. Franklin Pierce

2. Adelphi

3. District of Columbia

4. Stonehill

5. Bloomfield

6. UMass Lowell

7. Merrimack

8. C.W. Post

9. Bentley

10. Philadelphia U.