RIVERSIDE, Calif. – With winter playoffs right around the corner and the spring now in full swing, a host of California Baptist University teams find themselves moving up their respective NCAA rankings list.
A total of nine Lancer squads currently in season find themselves ranked, with three in the top 10 and five in the top 20. This season also marks the first time CBU is eligible for postseason competition in the NCAA, as a Division II member.
At the top of the lists is CBU men’s basketball, currently ranked seventh in NCAA Division II.
On the court, the men's basketball team has enjoyed one long run of dominance this year. It holds a 23-1, 17-1 in PacWest record with two regular-season games remaining. CBU has climbed up the polls as the year has gone on and was tabbed seventh in Tuesday’s National Association of Basketball Coaches poll. First-year coach Rick Croy has also led his team to the No. 2 spot in the West Region rankings, which debuted Wednesday.
A pair of CBU squads – women’s swimming and softball – are ranked ninth in Division II. The Lancers women’s swim team’s season is coming to a close, as it is currently at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in Colorado, while the softball team has posted a 14-3, 5-1 in PacWest record early on. CBU softball has posted three victories over ranked opponents so far this year and is currently in the middle of a four-game set with Hawaii Pacific.
Much like men’s basketball and women’s swimming, the Lancer wrestling team is peaking in the rankings headed toward the postseason. According to the Feb. 13 NCAA Division II rankings, the grapplers are No. 11 in the division after previously receiving votes and defeating two top-13 teams in the month of January. The Lancers, who have set a program record for wins with an 11-4-1, 3-1 in RMAC, record, will look to carry that momentum over to the Super Region IV/RMAC Championships, which begin February 28 in Colorado.
CBU baseball also went from receiving votes to a healthy standing in the rankings early on in this season. The Lancers have won their first 11 games, the second-best start to a season in program history, to climb all the way to 14 in the NCAA Division II rankings. They have tied for the program-best winning streak of 20 games, carrying over from last year. CBU will look to keep things rolling with a doubleheader at home against Colorado State-Pueblo today at 3 p.m.
On the links, CBU's women’s golf team also sits 14th in the NCAA Division II, as of the last poll on Feb. 2. The team won its third title at the Super San Diego Championship in comeback fashion last week.
Women’s water polo also holds a top-20 spot – at No. 19 – in the Collegiate Water Polo Association rankings after a 3-1 run at the first Lancer Invite of the season. Overall, the Lancers are 7-5 this season and currently on a five-game road trip starting with No. 15 University of Indiana today.
CBU men’s swimming currently stands at No. 20 after a successful season. The men logged a 6-1 dual-meet record and are on the road with the women at the RMAC Championships this week.
The men’s golf team is right outside the top-20, getting the nod at 25 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll, last released on Dec. 9. The squad will look to move up the rankings, along with the rest of the Lancers, when it takes part in the Coyote Classic hosted by Cal State San Bernardino Monday and Tuesday.