Eagles Jump To No. 16 In National Coaches' Poll

Eagles Jump To No. 16 In National Coaches' Poll

The Ashland University men's basketball team moved up to the No. 16 spot in the NABC Division II coaches' poll released on Tuesday (Dec. 11) afternoon.

The Eagles (8-0, 4-0 GLIAC) are one of just 11 teams that remain undefeated on the season and jumped three spots from last week's ranking.

The Eagles are coming off a couple double-digit road wins at Grand Valley State and Davenport, who entered their games with Ashland with a combined record of 14-2. AU is the only undefeated team in the GLIAC and one of just two undefeated teams (Bellarmine) in the Midwest Region.

Ashland is off to the sixth 8-0 start in school history and one more win will match the second-best start in the program's 98-year history. The last time the Eagles were 8-0 was in the 2015-16 season when they ended a 25-year NCAA Tournament drought, advancing to the national bracket for the first time since 1991.

Redshirt-sophomore wing Aaron Thompson and junior guard Rodrick Caldwell have won the last two GLIAC South Player of the Week honors. Caldwell is third in the GLIAC in scoring at 18 points per game and Thompson leads the league at 9.6 rebounds per game.

The Eagles, in their 10th season under head coach John Ellenwood, return to the Kates Gymnasium floor on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m. against Lawrence Tech. It starts a string of three straight non-league home games before GLIAC play resumes at Kates Gymnasium on Jan. 3 against Michigan Tech.