TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 22, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College is the new number one team in the NJCAA Region 8 Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, released by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) earlier on Tuesday.
The Eagles, ranked third in the previous two polls, moved to the top following losses by No. 1 Northwest Florida State College and No. 2 Eastern Florida State College last week.
Tallahassee garnered just four of the 19 first-place votes statewide but totaled 179 points in the voting to edge past Panhandle Conference rival Northwest Florida State (10 first-place votes, 176 points).
Florida SouthWestern State College received the remaining five first-place votes and is ranked third while Eastern Florida State slipped to No. 4.
St. Petersburg College, Daytona State College and Palm Beach State College – three opponents on the Eagles’ upcoming schedule – are Nos. 5-7, respectively. Chipola College is ranked eighth and the College of Central Florida and Indian River State College tied for ninth.
This marks Tallahassee’s first No. 1 Region 8 ranking since November 25, 2014.
The Eagles improved to 8-0 on Monday evening with a 79-67 win at Hillsborough Community College. The same two teams will square off in Tallahassee next Tuesday.
In the women’s basketball coaches’ poll, Tallahassee remained No. 3 despite suffering its first loss of the season to Santa Fe College last Tuesday.
The Eagles rebounded from the loss to post three decisive victories in the Capital Courtyard Classic, including a 17-point win over NJCAA No. 22 Georgia Highlands College, their second double-digit win over a ranked opponent this season.
Tallahassee is perched squarely in the middle of five PC teams occupying the top half of the rankings.
Gulf Coast State College and Chipola are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, while Pensacola State College is immediately behind the Eagles at No. 4. Northwest Florida State is ranked fifth.
Palm Beach State leads the bottom half of the poll at No. 6 followed by St. Petersburg, Broward College, Hillsborough and Santa Fe.
The Eagle women will depart for Athens, Texas, on Wednesday morning where it will play a pair of games in the Budke/Serna Classic, hosted by Trinity Valley Community College.
Tallahassee (6-1) will play McLennan (Texas) Community College at 4 p.m. Friday and Panola (Texas) College at 11 a.m. Saturday.