Fuquay-Varina, N.C. – Hampton and Morgan State are atop the Boxtorow.com HBCU Division I national basketball power ranking poll, while Xavier (La.) remains on top in the Division II/NAIA poll.

Hampton and Morgan State received an equal amount of first and second place votes to tie for the No. 1 spot. Bethune-Cookman (8-8) moves up one spot from last week to No. 3 and remains undefeated in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. BCC is also one of the hottest teams having reeled off five-straight victories. Jackson State went 1-1 last week and dropped to No. 4, while Tennessee State remained No. 5.

In the Division II/NAIA top 10 poll, Xavier (La.) received all but one first place vote to keep the top spot. Winston-Salem State has won five of its last six and moved up one spot from last week to No. 2. Bowie State received the other first place vote and is No. 3. Tougaloo moved up two spots to No. 4, while Shaw dropped three spots to No. 5. Of the five remaining teams, West Virginia State and Cheyney State made the most significant jumps, the Yellow Jackets moving up two spots to No. 6, while the Wolves moved up three spots to No. 7. Kentucky State is tied with Cheyney at No. 7 followed by Elizabeth City State at No.9 and Texas College at No. 10.

Boxtorow.com Top 10 HBCU NCAA Division I Basketball Poll
School/ Wins-Losses/ Points

1. Hampton/ 14-4/ 76
1. (tie) Morgan State/ 8-7/ 76
3. Bethune-Cookman/ 10-8/ 62
4. Jackson State/ 9-9/ 51
5. Tennessee State/ 8-9/ 38
Others receiving votes: North Carolina Central (7-8) 12, Coppin State (7-9) 6.

Boxtorow.com Top 10 HBCU Division II/NAIA Basketball Poll
School/ Wins-Losses/ Points

1. Xavier (La.)/ 17-2/ 59
2. Winston-Salem State/ 11-2/ 49
3. Bowie State/ 9-2/ 45
4. Tougaloo/ 12-3 / 8
5. Shaw/ 10-5/ 31
6. West Virginia State/ 10-4/ 27
7. Kentucky State/ 7-3 / 21
7. (tie) Cheyney State/ 10-3/ 21
9. Elizabeth City State/ 9-4/18
10. Texas College/ 9-6/ 13
Others receiving votes: Johnson C. Smith (7-4) 7, Virginia Union 1.

The Boxtorow.com basketball poll is presented by DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and boxtorow.com. FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW is the nationally syndicated radio sports talk show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The voters are made up of media members from around the country who cover Division I, Division II and NAIA basketball.



Donal Ware

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