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March 6, 2012

Orediggers Ranked No. 1 In The Nation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in school history, the Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team sits atop the national rankings after moving up from No. 2 to No. 1 this week when the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday morning.

Head coach Pryor Orser's squad has been ranked by the NABC every week this season after opening the campaign ranked No. 18 in the country. The No. 1 ranking is the highest in school history - eclipsing the No. 2 ranking from last week. 

The Orediggers (27-2), winners of both the RMAC regular season and tournament titles, also captured all eight first-place votes this week. Mines is currently riding a 15-game winning streak and finished the regular season with a perfect 16-0 home record. The Orediggers' 27 wins sets a new school record and their 20 conference victories sets a school and RMAC record for conference wins in a season – the most in the 102-year history of the conference.

Last week, head coach Pryor Orser was named RMAC Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. Junior Brett Green was named RMAC Player of the Year and Trevor Ritchie was named RMAC Freshman of the Year. Green was also named First Team All-RMAC, Dale Minschwaner was named First Team All-RMAC, Trevor Wages was named to the Second Team and Ritchie found a spot on the Third Team. 

In 11 seasons under Orser, Mines has had seven players earn RMAC Freshman of the Year honors and has had the last two RMAC Players of the Year (Sean Armstrong). 

It is only the second time in the history of the Colorado School of Mines athletics program that a team has been ranked No. 1 in the country. The men's soccer team was also ranked No. 1 in the nation for four weeks during the 2010 season.

Mines is hosting the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament on March 10-13 at Lockridge Arena, also for the first time in school history. Ticket prices will be $10 for adults and $5 for students (ages 6-17, senior citizens, college students with school ID). Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to the start of the first game of each daily session and the arena will open 60 minutes prior ot the scheduled start of each game. All spectators will need to purchase tickets prior to each session at the ticket office.

The Orediggers will kick off their tournament action on Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m. against eighth-seeded Augustana (S.D.).

Central Region Tournament Central

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (March 6, 2012) Record Points Pvs
1. Colorado School of Mines (8 first place votes) 27-2 200 2
2. Alabama-Huntsville 26-3 192 3
3. West Liberty, W.Va. 29-2 182 4
4. Bellarmine, Ky. 25-3 175 1
5. Midwestern State, Texas 26-3 168 6
6. Southern Indiana 24-6 143 13
7. Shaw, N.C. 25-3 142 5
8. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 23-6 139 8
9. Tarleton State, Texas 26-5 138 7
10. Indiana, Pa. 23-5 112 9
11. Northern Kentucky 23-6 109 10
12. Western Washington 25-5 107 11
13. Metropolitan State, Colo. 22-6 102 12
14. Anderson, S.C. 24-5 80 16
15. Arkansas Tech 24-5 78 21
16. Alaska-Anchorage 22-6 77 15
17. Charleston, W.Va. 26-6 60 22
18. Kentucky Wesleyan 21-7 50 14
19. Washburn, Kan. 24-7 44 NR
20. Hillsdale, Mich. 24-5 43 NR
21. Northwest Missouri State 22-6 42 18
22. Montevallo, Ala. 24-7 33 NR
23. Missouri Southern 22-7 27 19
24. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 25-5 26 17
25. Findlay, Ohio 23-6 20 NR

Others receiving votes: West Georgia 18, Indianapolis (Ind.) 15, District of Columbia 12, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 10, King (Tenn.) 8, LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) 8, Bloomfield (N.J.) 6, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 6, South Carolina Aiken 6, Stonehill (Mass.) 5, Missouri-St. Louis 4, Florida Tech 3.

Dropped out: Indianapolis (20), District of Columbia (23), Franklin Pierce (24), Seattle Pacific (25). Records and previous rankings are through games of March 4, 2012. 

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