SPOKANE -- Whitworth University will not only be the highest seed, but the Pirates will also carry the number one ranking into this week’s NCAA Division III basketball tournament.
Whitworth returned to the top of the D3hoops.com poll for the final regular season rating of 2011. The next poll will not be released until after the conclusion of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Whitworth spent two weeks atop the poll last month, becoming the first-ever Pirate team in any sport to be ranked No. 1 during the regular season and the first NCAA-member school from the state of Washington to reach the top of a regular-season men’s basketball poll.
The Pirates received a first round bye in the NCAA Division III tournament and will host a second round game on Saturday (7pm) against the winner of Thursday’s first round matchup between Redlands (Calif.) and Chapman (Calif.).