The Flying Dutchmen are atop Division III men's basketball, at least in the eyes of the pollsters.
The newest d3hoops.com poll of sports information directors and the media puts Hope at number one for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 regular season. That year Hope went on to finish third in the NCAA Division III championship.
Coach Matt Neil's Dutchmen are riding a 16-game winning streak, have a 20-1 season record and are guaranteed at least a share of the MIAA championship. Hope received 15 of the 25 first place votes to beat out Middlebury, Vt. who suffered it first defeat of the season last week.