Fuquay-Varina, N.C. – Hampton University and Winston-Salem State University top the Boxtorow.com HBCU Division I basketball top-five and Division II/NAIA top-10 power ranking polls released on Jan. 3.

Hampton has gotten off to a hot 11-3 start to the season, including at one point reeling off seven straight wins. They are also 1-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Morgan State, Tennessee State, Jackson State and North Carolina A&T round out the rest of the top five.

In the Division II/NAIA top-10 poll, Winston-Salem State Rams is the only undefeated team and is off to a fast 6-0 start, returning to the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) this year after five years as an independent Division I program. Xavier (La.) lost its last game to Dakota Wesleyan, 61-58, in the Miami Gardens Classic, but currently ranks No. 2 with 13-1 on the season. Shaw (7-2) has won five of its last six and sits at No. 3 followed by Bowie State at No. 4 and Tougaloo at No. 5. Teams ranked 6-10 are Kentucky State, Texas College, Elizabeth City State, West Virginia State and Claflin, respectively.
See the full top-10 power ranking lists below:

Boxtorow.com Top 5 HBCU Division I Basketball Poll
School/ Wins-Losses
1. Hampton/ 11-3
2. Morgan State/ 4-6
3. Tennessee State/ 6-8
4. Jackson State/ 4-8
5. North Carolina A&T/ 5-8
Others: Bethune-Cookman (5-8), Delaware State (4-7), North Carolina Central (4-6).

Boxtorow.com Top 10 HBCU Division II/NAIA Basketball Poll
School/ Wins-Losses
1. Winston-Salem State/ 6-0
2. Xavier (La.)/ 13-1
3. Shaw/ 7-2
4. Bowie State/ 5-2
5. Tougaloo/10-3
6. Kentucky State/ 4-1
7. Texas College/ 6-4
8. Elizabeth City State/ 6-2
9. West Virginia State/ 6-4
10. Claflin/ 6-4
Others: Central State (8-5), Livingstone (4-2).

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Donal Ware

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