King Recognized Among Nation’s Top Programs
During their current winning streak, the Tornado have beaten their opponents by double digits three times with an average margin of victory of 13.5 points per game. They have achieved this primarily by shooting well from three-point range, knocking down a NCAA Division II best 12.1 treys per game. Senior Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) has led that effort, individually ranking 12th in the nation in three-point field goals per game (3.3) and supported by teammate Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) who is just outside the top-50 in the same category with 2.7 threes per game. As a team, they are shooting 37.8 percent from long range.
Two of King's three losses this season were to new No. 1 Lincoln Memorial (14-0) by a combined eight points with their other loss coming at the hands of NAIA runner-up Mountain State. King has won eight of its last nine games behind play that focuses on fast-paced, smart play. The Tornado have allowed the sixth fewest turnovers per game (11.2) in the nation and possess a turnover margin (4.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.34) that rank them in the top-15 in the country.
The Tornado return to the court against Coker College (7-6, 1-3) on Jan. 14 at 4:00 p.m. from Timberlake-Lawton Gym (Hartsville, S.C.).
|RANK||SCHOOL (1ST-PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||POINTS||PREVIOUS|
|1||Lincoln Memorial (6)||14-0||196||3|
|2||Kentucky Wesleyan (2)||12-0||194||4|
|10||Cal Poly Pomona||9-1||129||6|
|19||Fort Hays State||10-3||45||8|
|21||St. Cloud State||11-2||33||NR|
|22||District of Columbia||12-1||31||NR|
|24||Northwest Missouri State||12-1||27||NR|
Dropped out: No. 17 Findlay, No. 18 Alaska-Anchorage, No. 21 Augustana (S.D.), No. 22 Arkansas Tech 22, Western Michigan 23, Benedict 24.
Others receiving votes: Findlay 20, Western Oregon 20, Alaska-Anchorage 16, Arkansas-Monticello 15, South Carolina Aiken 13, Western Washington 10, Bentley (Mass.) 6, Charleston (W.Va.) 4, Seattle Pacific 4, King 3, West Texas A&M 3, Missouri-St. Louis 1.