Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg has his Cougars in a great situation with a No. 3 national ranking in the last NAIA Ratings Poll (Jan. 31) and a 20-2 overall record. However, if SXU can jump two more spots before the season winds down in March, Hallberg would have the unique distinction of coaching both a NAIA men's and women's basketball team from the Chicagoland area to a No. 1 national ranking. He coached Chicago State University to a No. 1 NAIA ranking in the first week of January 1983, before CSU made the transition to NCAA Division I.
"I have been so focused on the current season that I really haven't given much thought to the rarity of that potential accomplishment," said Hallberg. "Despite the differences between coaching men and women, I see a number of similarities between this team and my Chicago State team in 1983. There are no college basketball coaches at any level that have coached a men's and women's team to a No. 1 ranking, so if we can move up to No. 1 this season, it would be an amazing feat." Saint Xavier (20-2 overall/5-1 CCAC) will have revenge on its mind on Saturday, February 3, hosting CCAC rival Olivet Nazarene University, the only NAIA team to defeat the Cougars this season. The Saturday game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Shannon Center.