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Tigers climb up two more spots in the most recent men's basketball NAIA Coaches' Poll. Following convincing road wins this past week, Georgetown moved from No. 9 to No. 7.
GC started the season at No. 9 and has only slipped out of the Top 10 once, following two losses over the Christmas break. Those are the only two losses of the season for the Tigers, which begin the second half of the Mid-South Conference schedule this week.
No. 13 St. Catharine College comes to town Thursday. The Patriots (13-4, 7-2) fell three spots this past week after losing to University of the Cumberlands Thursday.
However, records can be thrown out the window when the Tigers and Patriots meet. SCC became an NAIA institution in 2008-09, and despite that first season of games with GC, the average margin of victory is 6.25. The number is inflated by a 12-point win at the start of this season for Georgetown, 78-66, in the opening round of the Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament.
In the other three meetings the past two seasons, Georgetown has won by six, 75-69, and two, 76-74, while the Patriots won in overtime this past year by five, 92-87.
The Tigers are one game ahead of the Patriots for the top spot in the conference with nine games left. Tip is set for 8 p.m. Thursday.
Lindsey Wilson fell out of the rankings, but is still receiving votes, as is Pikeville to round out the MSC teams being mentioned in the poll conversations.