The latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball poll was released on Tuesday and Indiana continues to be a part of the elite group.
The Warriors received votes after recently securing their third straight 20-win season under coach Al Grushkin. Indiana Tech posted back-to-back conference victories over Marygrove College and the University of Northwestern Ohio last week.
Jordan Hickman stuffed the stat sheet in Indiana Tech’s 70-56 win at Marygrove, matching his career-high with 20 points, ripped down a career-best 11 rebounds, and dished out four assists.
Melvin Brooks and Antonio Cannon led the charge in the Warriors one point win over UNOH with 20 and 15 points respectively.
The Warriors are still one of the nation’s top teams defensively, ranking in the top-10 in the county in turnover margin (5.8), three-point field goal percent defense (0.281), scoring defense per game (56.5), and field goal percent defense (0.397). Tech also ranks top-15 in blocks and steals.
Indiana Tech (21-7, 14-6 WHAC) has won seven of their last eight games and currently sit in fourth place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Confere standings.
The Warriors wrap up the regular season by travelling to Cornerstone University on Wednesday and hosting No. 8 Davenport University on Saturday.
Cannon seeks to have a throwdown
Indiana Tech’s senior guard Antonio Cannon has been nominated for the “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” competition.
“State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” nominees are under-the-radar players who have what it takes to compete against the D-I field in Atlanta.
The winner will participate in the Denny’s Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta at 7 p.m. April 4 on ESPN.
Sixteen dunkers have been selected to compete in the “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” Facebook bracket, which is a five-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (facebook.com/CollegeSlam).
Cannon is a a criminal justice major and has zero qualms with attacking the rim. In his submission video, the 5-foot-10 senior redefined the meaning of ‘hang-time,’ floating in the air as he stuffs dunks home.
Cannon is facing-off against LIU Brooklyn’s Jamal Olasewere in round one.
Fans can access the bracket, watch video of each dunker, and vote at facebook.com/CollegeSlam through Feb. 25 at 12:59 p.m.
Fans can vote one time per day, so it's important that Indiana Tech fans to share your vote with your friends and help spread the word. At that time, the dunker with more votes in each match-up with move on to the second round.
Two years in a row, the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker moved on to win the entire Denny’s Slam Dunk Competition.
Last year, James Justice from Martin Methodist College won the 16-player Dark Horse Dunker bracket before bringing down the house in New Orleans, while Jacob Tucker of Illinois College was named the 2011 champion.
Both dunkers are now members of the Harlem Globetrotters.