Frontier Conference basketball is underway with its second week of games, so once again it's time for the weekly Power Rankings.
Not much has changed, but let’s see how the men’s basketball teams did this week.
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1. Carroll College (12-1, 2-0 Frontier)
Carroll keeps the top spot despite losing their first game of the season. The Saints went up against the University of Calgary in two games and lost both (one was an exhibition), but it was first true test the team has had this season. Calgary features a veteran team that won the Canadian National Championship last season. Carroll rebounded with a 120-64 win over the University of Alberta-Augustana -- and with Ife Kalejiaye coming back soon, the Saints keep on marching forward.
2. Lewis-Clark State (9-1, 2-0 Frontier)
The Warriors played two games against Yellowstone Christian College, winning by an average of 68 points, and counted one on their schedule. Seven players finished each game in double figures, and while the blowout win can be entertaining, it doesn’t say much about playing against adversity. The Warriors have played two games against Yellowstone and Northwest Indian College and one against New Hope Christian. Their best competition came against the University of Idaho and they won the exhibition 65-59. Lewis-Clark State can play but they need to show quality wins.
3. University of Providence (8-2, 1-1 Frontier)
Providence stays at the third spot after a 114-89 win over the University of Alberta-Augustana. Transfer point guard Bryce Cotton is showing he can play in the Frontier Conference, averaging 19.3 points per game as they have the Argos on a nice streak. Providence takes a tour through Arizona next week when it faces Ottawa, Arizona Christian and Embry-Riddle before coming home for the highly anticipated matchup against Lewis-Clark State on Jan. 4.
4. Rocky Mountain (7-2, 1-1 Frontier)
Rocky Mountain got bumped out of the top 25, but it stays at No. 4 in the Power Rankings. The Battlin’ Bears had this week off but make the trip with Providence to play the three Arizona schools before coming back for a few home games later on Dec. 28 and 30. Jared Samuelson could be considered a candidate for MVP with 20.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but his team will need some statement wins if they want to be nationally recognized once again.
5. Montana Tech (10-3, 1-1 Frontier)
Montana Tech moves up to No. 5 after winning two games this week and has been a nice surprise among Frontier Conference teams. The Orediggers defeated Montana Western 71-60 at home with Taylor England scoring 19 points and then took down the University of Alberta, 117-48. Tech already has 10 wins this season, but we will see what the Orediggers are really made of when they get back into Frontier Conference play after the holiday season.
6. Montana State-Northern (6-4, 0-2 Frontier)
The Lights drop a spot after losing to NAIA Division II Dickinson State at home 76-66. The loss is the third straight for Northern and they are desperate to get on the right track. The good news is that they will probably have a win against the University of Alberta by the time this is printed, but they will need some quality wins against either Menlo, Vanguard or Embry-Riddle before the end of the year. Adam Huse is leading the team with 15.1 points per game and has been a threat beyond the 3-point line.
7. Montana Western (4-4, 0-2 Frontier)
Montana Western is in some trouble, with its four wins coming from non-NAIA opponents. The Bulldogs are struggling under new coach Mike Larsen and are desperate for some wins. A win either against Menlo or Vanguard next week is a must if they want to get on the right track.