Posted 3 months ago
By Robert Lovell
North Platte – The new National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings (Week of 12/17/13) are out and the North Platte Community College men’s basketball team (12-0, 4-0 South Sub-Region) is the No. 6 team in the nation for Division I Men’s Basketball.
The ranking is the highest in school history and the eighth ranking in school history to go along with two pre-season rankings. Rankings first started during the 2001-2002 season.
This year the Knights were ranked No. 25 in the pre-season poll and followed it up with a No. 12 ranking (Week of 12/3/13) with a 9-0 record and a No. 8 ranking (12/10/13) with a 11-0 record before earning the No. 6 ranking this week with a 12-0 record.
Last season the Knights were ranked No. 22 (Week of 2/26/13) with a 25-5 record and No. 21 (Week of 3/5/13 and Final Poll) with a 27-5 record before making an appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament and winning their opening round game after winning the Region IX Tournament.
During the 2009-10 season the Knights were pre-season No. 15 before re-entering the polls at No. 19 (Week of 2/9/10) with a record of 19-3 and remained there for the rest of the season at No. 21 (Week of 2/16/10) with a record of 21-4 and No. 22 (Week of 2/23/10) with a record of 23-4 before advancing to the NJCAA National after winning the Region IX Tournament. For a history of all Knight rankings, click here.
There will be another poll on Jan. 6 2014 before the Knights return to action.. The Knights return to action in 2014 on Jan. 10 as they travel to Scottsbluff to take on Western Nebraska Community College (7-6, 0-1 South Sub-Region) at 8:30 p.m. CST. North Platte remains on the road as they face Eastern Wyoming in Torrington, Wyo. on Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. CST. The Knights first seven games of 2014 are on the road.