DCTC Basketball Ranked #8 In the Nation
Blue Knights break into the Top 10 with a season record of 22-5
The National Junior College Athletic Association released its latest Division II men’s basketball poll this afternoon, ranking the Dakota County Technical College Blue Knights basketball team #8 in the country.
The Blue Knights shot up from #13 after an 82-77 win against Williston State College and a 90-56 win against Ridgewater College last week. The team is on a 10-game winning streak, with an overall record of 22-5
“ Wow! “ said Head Coach Jay Pivec, a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame when notified of the ranking. “It’s certainly an honor for us to be ranked. I’m speechless. The fact that we were able to do that the first year with all the logistical issues, we’re flattered we are ranked. But, our goal isn’t to be ranked. Our goal is to be titled. That’s what we play for. That’s the kind of program we play for. The athletes always knew they could play. We are positioned to be in an elite team and we will find that out when we play the next two games.”
The Blue Knights will finish out the regular season at home before heading to the Region 13 Tournament, taking on Riverland Community College Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Saturday at 1 p.m.
The 2011-2012 season marks the first year of men’s basketball at DCTC. The Knights are also coached by Pivec’s long-time associate coach, Ron Gates, and player development coach, Ed Cassidy. The Blue Knights have a 13-man roster and no on-campus facility, playing home games at the Salvation Army Community Center in St. Paul and practicing at the High Performance Academy in Eagan.
For more information on the Blue Knights, please visit goblueknights.com.
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