The National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) first regular season basketball rankings were released on Tuesday and Tallahassee Community College made plenty of noise in both the men’s and women’s polls.
The Tallahassee men, off to a 12-0 start, jumped 13 spots to No. 6. Meanwhile, the Eagle women, unranked in the preseason poll, entered at No. 11.
Both teams were among the biggest movers in this week’s rankings, and it marks the first time since December 2014 that both are ranked by the NJCAA simultaneously.
Tallahassee is one of five men’s teams from Region 8 – and one of three from the Panhandle Conference – in the top 25.
Preseason No. 1 Northwest Florida State College slipped to number four. Both the Raiders and Eagles received a first-place vote. Chipola College, the third PC school in the poll, is No. 23 after being unranked in the preseason.
Eastern Florida State College is No 12 and Palm Beach State College, Tallahassee’s next opponent, is No. 14.
At No. 6, it’s the highest NJCAA ranking for Tallahassee since the final poll of the 2000-01 season when the Eagles were No. 2.
The women’s poll features six teams from Region 8, including all five schools from the Panhandle Conference, led by defending national champion Gulf Coast State College, who is No. 1.
Chipola is ranked third, Northwest Florida State is No. 15 and Pensacola State College, No. 19.
Palm Beach State is the sixth Region 8 school in the poll at No. 13.
Even earlier on Tuesday, the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) released the new Region 8 Basketball Coaches’ Polls.
For the third straight week, Tallahassee held down the No.1 spot in the men’s rankings. The Eagles garnered 15 first-place votes and 195 total points to outdistance No. 2 Northwest Florida State.
In the women’s poll, Tallahassee is ranked No. 3 for the sixth straight week. Mirroring the national rankings, the Eagle women are looking up at top-ranked Gulf Coast State and No. 2 Chipola.