Daemen men's basketball moved up from 19th to 17th in the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors of American national poll. Coach Mike MacDonald's Wildcats are 14-3 for the season. The received 132 points in the poll, 11 behind UC San Diego and Washburn (Kan.) who tied for 15th with 143 points each and 15-3 records.
Daemen will have an opportunity to move up on Friday when it faces three-time East Coast Conference defending champion St. Thomas Aquinas at Lumsden Gymnasium in Amherst. St. Thomas Aquinas (15-2) is 11th in this week's poll.
Bellarmine (Ky.) remains in first place with 396 points and a 16-0 record. Northwest Missouri State (17-0) is in second place with 388 points.