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NSU Surges into Top-10 of National Rankings


KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Following an upset of then-No. 12 Barry, along with a sound 19-point win at Embry-Riddle, Nova Southeastern has jumped all the way to No. 9 in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll, released Tuesday afternoon.
Slotted at No. 17 a week ago, the Sharks continue to impress during the early stages of the season after opening Sunshine State Conference play with a pair of notable victories. Leading scorers David Dennis and Mark Matthews combined for 50 points, while Nova Southeastern closed the final 2:28 on a 14-4 run to beat the Buccaneers, securing the program’s highest profile win under head coach Jim Crutchfield. There was no ensuing setback on Saturday either, as the Sharks shot a blistering 60 percent from the field in their road debut en route to a decisive 106-87 win over Embry-Riddle. The 100-plus point performance was already the fourth this season for the nation’s top scoring offense (108.4 ppg). Chaflin vs Nova Southeastern Mens Basketball
Nova Southeastern takes over as the highest ranked team in the SSC, followed by No. 15 Florida Southern and No. 16 Barry.
No. 1 Bellarmine received all 16 first-place votes for the third consecutive week, as the Top-5 remained unchanged.
Nova Southeastern will look to build on its 5-0 start when it travels to face Saint Leo this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For complete coverage of the action, follow the Sharks on Twitter @NSU_MBasketball or visit the schedule page on



About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit

November 6, 2018


Troy Valeriano
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