Ind. – The #19th-ranked Forester men’s basketball team has been in
the national spotlight all season and is showing no signs of deviating from the
attention. Having received votes in the October 29th NAIA Division
II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll, Huntington sprinted out of the gates
to win its first 14 games to quickly outplay their initial ranking.
Coach Platt’s squad has been nationally ranked all season, climbing as high as
No. 13 in the December 10 poll. Against other ranked opponents, HU has posted
three wins against two losses with their most notable upset, a 72-60 decision,
coming against the University of Saint Francis, ranked 8th at the
time, earlier this month.
The Foresters back their national recognition with some impressive statistics.
They currently hold 12 top 20 team rankings which include:
3rd in total rebound defense (28.696)
7th in 3-Pt FG percent (.400)
7th in field goal percent (.507)
9th in total assists (388)
10th in scoring defense per game (65.739)
11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.357)
12th in total 3-Pt FG made (187)
13th in total blocks (86)
13th in free throw percent (.741)
14th in assists per game (16.870)
15th in total rebound margin (6.217)
16th in scoring margin (12.478)
With seven conference games to be played, the race to the top of the Crossroads
standings continues. Huntington’s league record stands at 8-3 which puts them
one game behind top-seated Saint Francis. HU is currently tied with Indiana
Wesleyan for second with Bethel and Marian on their heels with seven wins
The Foresters, vying for a conference championship, are hungry to get back to
Branson after a six-year absence. The 23rd annual NAIA Division II
Men’s Basketball National Tournament is slated for March 12-18 at the College
of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.