KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NABC has named Arizona State University, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Adrian College and Cornerstone University as its national Teams of the Week for games played Dec. 4-10.
NCAA Division I – Arizona State
Head Coach: Bobby Hurley
Arizona State continued its unbeaten start to the season with a pair of victories last week away from home. On Friday, the Sun Devils handed St. John’s only its second loss of the season, 82-70, in Los Angeles as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. ASU followed that performance on Sunday by winning at then-No. 2 Kansas, 95-85, marking the most points scored by a KU opponent at Allen Fieldhouse in regulation since 1989. After starting the season unranked, the Sun Devils have climbed to No. 6 in this week’s coaches poll.
NCAA Division II – UT Permian Basin
Head Coach: Andy Newman
UT Permian Basin improved to 8-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference with a 106-100 upset of eighth-ranked West Texas A&M on Tuesday. The Falcons – who have now won five straight – held the Buffs to 39.7-percent shooting for the game. UTPB shot 54.2 percent in the victory and had four players score in double figures, led by 31 from senior James McPherson.
NCAA Division III – Adrian
Head Coach: Kyle Lindsay
Adrian picked up a pair of neutral court non-conference wins last week in the St. Andrews Products Classic, defeating third-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater 66-53 on Friday and Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday by a score of 86-73. The victory over UW-Whitewater was the Bulldogs’ first against a top-three ranked opponent in program history. After winning just seven games last season, Adrian is 5-2 to start the 2017-18 campaign.
NAIA – Cornerstone
Head Coach: Kim Elders
Cornerstone, last season’s NAIA Division II national runner-up, saw its winning streak reach 12 games after road victories over league rivals Lourdes and Madonna. On Wednesday, the Golden Eagles held Lourdes to just 18 first-half points en route to a 72-64 win. CU turned in another strong defensive performance on Saturday, limiting Madonna to just 41-percent shooting in a 74-67 victory. Cornerstone has held its opponent to under 70 points in each game of the winning streak.