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CRAWFORD | Bellarmine hoops takes over No. 1 spot in Division II media poll

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Bellarmine's basketball team huddles before facing Indiana at Assembly Hall in an exhibition game. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Bellarmine's basketball team huddles before facing Indiana at Assembly Hall in an exhibition game. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a pair of wins over Northwood and Saginaw Valley State to open the season, the Bellarmine University basketball team was voted No. 1 in the nation in balloting by media for the NCAA Division II sports information directors' association.

The Knights were ranked No. 4 in the NABC preseason Division II coaches poll, and No. 2 in the media preseason poll.

Bellarmine shot 57.5 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point range in its first two games, getting a pair of career-high scoring performances from junior Rusty Troutman, who won Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 28 points per game in the pair played last weekend.

Guards Al Davis (4.5 assists per game) and Michael Parrish ( 4 assists per game) are the Knights' leading distributors, with redshirt senior transfer Yasin Kolo leading the team in rebounding at 11 per contest.

"They've got a high level of expectations," coach Scott Davenport said of the team. "But their expectations come from within, not from the coaches. We're going to drive them hard enough, but they're driving themselves. . . . I've got a basketball team that embraces learning, and they're not just learning from the coaches, they're learning from each other. That's fun."

The Knights next game is at home Saturday at 7 p.m. against Christian Brothers. View the complete NCAA Division II media poll by clicking here.

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