Texans hold on to No. 7 national ranking

Phil Riddle phil.riddle@empiretribune.com Twitter @ETSports

There’s an old axiom among coaches that says “you are what the numbers say you are.” If that is the case Tarleton State fans have plenty of reason for optimism.

According to a TSU release, the Texans maintain their No. 7 national ranking for the third consecutive week.

That ranking, from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, goes along with TSU’s No. 1 seed at the NCAA Division II regional tournament, slated for Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at Wisdom Gym.

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Tarleton hung on to its No. 7 slot despite movement in the upper echelons of the weekly poll.

Top-ranked Florida Southern stood steady at No. 1, but the No. 2-6 teams shuttled up and down with Augustana making a surprising late-season jump from No. 6 to No. 2.

Colorado-Colorado Springs, which leaped 11 spots to No. 10 in this week's ranking, was the week’s big mover. After winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, the Mountain Lions earned the No. 4 seed in this weekend's tournament in Stephenville.

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This week’s poll appearance is the 34th straight for TSU and the 102nd week overall to be ranked since earning the school's first ranking as an NCAA school in 2002. Of the 102 weeks, Tarleton has spent 62 weeks in the top 10.

Tarleton’s Wisdom Gym will serve as the host site for the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament this weekend and the Texans will play No. 8 seed St. Mary's in Saturday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal matchup.