The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the year on Feb. 15 and the University of Findlay men's basketball team is ranked fifth in the Midwest Region poll.
The regional rankings, voted on by the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee, are the basis for awarding seeds in the NCAA Championship. The top eight seeds in the final poll of the season on March 5 will qualify for the 2017 NCAA Division II National Tournament with the top-seed earning the right to host the first three contests of the event.
The Oilers have qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament 12 times since joining the DII ranks full-time during the 2000-01 campaign. They reached the Elite Eight in 2005 and followed with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008. In 2009, the Oilers ran the table, finishing with a 36-0 record en route to a NCAA Division II National Championship.
The Oilers are also sitting just outside the top-25 in the NCAA Division II National Poll as they are ranked 26th nationally.
NCAA DII Midwest Regional Rankings
(Overall DII Record, In-Region Record)
1. Bellarmine (20-3, 20-3)
2. Southern Indiana (21-2, 19-2)
3. Ferris State (21-4, 21-4)
4. Kentucky Wesleyan (22-2, 21-2)
5. Findlay (17-5, 17-5)
6. Wisconsin-Parkside (15-5, 15-5)
7. Quincy (17-5, 17-5)
8. Truman State (15-7, 14-7)
9. Wayne State (14-8, 14-8)
10. Lake Superior State (13-8, 13-8)
Full rankings can be found here: