HU basketball among nation's best

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2014-01-30

HUNTINGTON, 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 apiece.

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.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.  
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Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
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Joanne Green
Sports Information Director
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