The Southwestern College men’s basketball team, which has opened the season wit nine consecutive wins, has jumped five spots in the most recent NAIA Division II coaches poll.

The Moundbuilders are ranked No. 8 in the most recent poll, released Tuesday by NAIA officials.

Southwestern received 244 votes in this week’s poll, just eight points behind No. 7 College of Idaho, but had a 12-point cushion ahead of No. 9 Briar Cliff.

Southwestern is averaging 100.9 points per game, second in NAIA D-II, and ranks among the top five nationally in defensive rebounds per game (34.7), scoring margin (30.4), total rebounds per game (47.1), total rebounding margin (14.7), 3-point field goals per game (12.3) and opponents’ field goal percentage (37.6).

Three other KCAC members joined Southwestern in this week’s national ranking. Oklahoma Wesleyan jumped to No. 20 after an 8-2 start, while Friends and York each received votes. With a 2-5 overall record, Tabor dropped out of the rankings.

The Moundbuilders are host to York at 3 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of the 2017 KCAC Tournament Championship game.

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