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Tritons Break Into Top 10 in Both National Polls

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's basketball program has broken into the top 10 in both Division II national polls, which were released Tuesday.

UC San Diego comes in at No. 8 in the D2SIDA National Media Poll and No. 10 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Poll.

The Tritons moved up in both listings as they were ninth in the D2SIDA poll and 16th in the NABC poll in last week's editions.

The No. 10 NABC ranking is the team's highest since it was No. 6 in February of 2016. That was the Tritons' best ranking since becoming an NCAA Division II program prior to the 2000-01 season.

In addition, UC San Diego is ranked first in the D2SIDA West Region Poll, which came out Monday.

Currently 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), UC San Diego hosts conference opponent San Francisco State (5-2, 2-1) on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. It will be Winter Whiteout at RIMAC Arena and all fans are encouraged to wear white to the game. Everyone will receive a free white t-shirt while supplies last. 

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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For complete coverage and information regarding UC San Diego Athletics, follow the Tritons online at UCSDTritons.com and through social media on Twitter (@UCSDTritons), Instagram (@UCSDTritons) and Facebook (UCSDTritons). To stay tuned in to UC San Diego Men's Basketball, follow the team's Instagram (@UCSDmbb) and Twitter (@UCSDmbb), as well as Head Coach Eric Olen's Twitter (@CoachEricOlen) and Associate Head Coach Clint Allard's Twitter (@CoachAllard).

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