ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University men's basketball team inched toward the top of the latest NAIA Top 25 poll and the Raider women made their first appearance in four years.
The men moved up one spot to No. 3 in the first in-season poll, which was released Tuesday by the national office. SOU's women, who hadn't been ranked since coming in at No. 9 four years ago this month, made their debut in the rankings at No. 19.
Both SOU basketball teams hadn't been in the rankings at the same time since the final poll of the 1998-99 season.
They have matching 9-1 records going into Cascade Conference play at Bob Riehm Arena this Friday and Saturday against Concordia and Warner Pacific. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the men are scheduled to get going at 7:30.
Concordia, at No. 13 on the men's side, happens to be the next CCC team ranked behind SOU. The Cavaliers went 7-1 after being left out of the preseason poll, and College of Idaho went from unranked to 20th with a 9-3 record.
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) topped the men's poll for the first time in seven years, capturing seven of 14 first-place votes. The Raiders collected one first-place vote.
Indiana Wesleyan is the top-ranked women's squad. At 16th, Oregon Tech is the only other CCC team in the top 25.