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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 10, 2006

Bearcat Hoops Ranked 18th in NABC Coaches' Poll

KANSAS CITY -- Northwest Missouri State men's basketball is mentioned in its second poll of the 2006-07 season -- before it has even played a regular season game. Northwest was ranked No. 18 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) Top 25 Poll, announced Nov. 7. Back on Oct. 12, the Bearcats were No. 7 in the Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25.

Northwest, which finished 22-10 and advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, has just one starter back in junior forward Matt Withers as well as 10 newcomers in the mix. Withers averaged 7.0 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting a team-high 63 percent from the field last season. The Bearcats are without leading scorer and All-MIAA performer Mose Howard (Sr., G), who will redshirt due to an off-season knee injury.

The NABC ranking is the first since Jan. 24, 2006 when Northwest was tied for 18th after starting the season 15-3 overall. It was one of two occasions that Northwest was recognized in the NABC poll during the 2005-06 season. On Jan. 17, Northwest entered the Top 25 at No. 23. For more information on the poll, visit the NABC web site at http://nabc.cstv.com/

Three other Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) schools sit in the Top 25. Preseason MIAA-favorite Central Missouri is at No. 17 while 2005-06 conference champion Southwest Baptist is No. 23 followed by league newcomer Fort Hays State at No. 25. 2006 national champion Winona (Minn.) State is picked by the coaches to repeat.

Northwest tips off its 93rd season of intercollegiate basketball with two home games in the Ryland Milner Classic.
The Bearcats face Upper Iowa on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Graceland (Iowa) on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m.

2006 National Association of Basketball Coaches' Poll - Top 25 (Nov. 7)
1. Winona State (Minn.)
2. Montevallo (Ala.)
3. Tarleton State (Tex.)
4. Seattle Pacific
5. Rollins (Fla.)
6. Southern Indiana
7. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
8. Clayton State (Ga.)
9. Barton (N.C.)

10. Findlay (Ohio)
11. Grand Valley State (Mich.)
12. Central Washington
13. Adelphi (N.Y.)
14. Virginia Union
15. Nebraska-Kearney
16. South Dakota
17. Central Missouri
18. Northwest Missouri State
19. Minnesota State
20. Bentley (Mass.)
21. Harding (Ark.)
22. Delta State (Miss.)
23. Southwest Baptist (Mo.)
24. Sonoma State (Calif.)
25. Fort Hays State (Kan.)

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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