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Grand Valley Focuses on Division II Title
Jeff Chaney
The Grand Rapids Press

So much for being ranked No. 3 in the nation.

It's not even high enough for Grand Valley to be picked to win its own conference.

The Lakers enter the 2010-11 season as the third-ranked team in The Sporting News' NCAA Division II preseason poll, but they still are looking up at defending Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Findlay, which is picked to win the league all this season.

Central Washington Looks to Mesh Quickly
Colter Nuanez
The Ellensburg Daily Record

High-octane basketball: it's been the identity of Central Washington under head coach Greg Sparling. The Wildcats have made the scoreboard sizzle, averaging 85 points per game each of the past three seasons. The propensity to push the basketball has translated into success in the win column as well, as each of the last three CWU squads have qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

This season, the Wildcats will again look to play an up-tempo, high-scoring, unrelenting style of basketball. But in order to run, the Wildcats must heal.

Augie Looks to Take Next Step
Matt Zimmer
Sioux Falls Argus Leader

After years of being a doormat, Augustana finds itself as a respected Division II program, one of the heavyweights of the region.

That's thanks to Tom Billeter, who has taken the Vikings to three straight NCAA tournaments, and, in each of the last two years, within one game of the Elite Eight.

Last year's team won a school-record 24 games, and appeared on the verge of reaching that Elite Eight until falling in overtime to St. Cloud State.

Knights Won't Let Hype Get to Their Heads
Jeff Robinson
The Louisville Courier-Journal

Expectations for Bellarmine have never been higher, but Scott Davenport isn't buying into the preseason hype.

Some polls have the Knights ranked No. 1 in the ultra-tough Great Lakes Valley Conference, and The Sporting News has them perched at No. 2 in the country in their NCAA Division II preseason poll.

But Davenport has a preseason message for his team: Ignore all that, and keep your eyes on the court.

Hawks Hoping to Build Fan Base
Tony Coccagna
The Indiana Gazette

Joe Lombardi has an offer you can't refuse.

The IUP program, in conjunction with the athletic department and Student Cooperative Association, has launched a season-ticket sales program aimed at attracting a fan base as the Crimson Hawks play their last season in Memorial Field House before moving into the new Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Center next season.

To generate sales, IUP is offering groups and organizations throughout the area the opportunity to sell tickets and in the process raise funds for their causes.

California Baptist heads to PacWest

California Baptist University has accepted an invitation to join the Pacific West Conference (PacWest) in NCAA Division II, beginning with the 2011-12 athletic seasons.

CBU will become the 10th school in the PacWest, joining three San Francisco Bay Area schools, Notre Dame de Namur University, Academy of Art University and Dominican University of California; Grand Canyon University in Arizona; Dixie State College in Utah; and four Hawaii schools, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Brigham Young University Hawaii, the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and Hawai'i Pacific University.

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