By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Basketball is ranked in the national D3hoops.com Top 25, coming in at No. 20. At 13-2 and 8-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference this season, the Crusaders earned 141 points after receiving 25 points last week.
This is the first time since the 2008-09 season that Capital has been ranked in the Top 25 and the team has now been ranked in 56 weekly polls over parts of six different seasons. The highest ranking achieved by the team was fifth on Jan. 26, 2009.
In addition to its ranking in the D3hoops.com poll, Capital is the ninth-ranked team in the country according to Massey Ratings, a computer-based ranking system. The Crusaders were ranked 17th last week.
Capital is in the midst of a 12-game winning streak, the program's longest since the 2001-02 season when the team won a program-record 16 games in a row. On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Crusaders picked up their biggest win of the season by beating then-No. 10 Marietta College, 82-78, on the road. Capital then followed that with a 98-85 win over John Carroll University, the reigning OAC champs.
Capital has two games on deck this week, including the OAC's Game of the Week on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Heidelberg University. The Student Princes are 5-10 overall this season and 3-5 in the OAC. The Crusaders will hit the road again on Saturday, Jan. 19 to take on Ohio Northern University at 2 p.m. In the first meeting between Capital and the Polar Bears on Dec. 8, the Crusaders won 79-53.
Adding to the week's excitement, senior guard Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) is only eight points away from scoring his 1,000th career point and becoming the 33rd player in program history to join the 1,000 career point club. Fellow senior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) became the 32nd member of that club in Capital's win over ONU last month.
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