For the first time in more than a decade, Hanover men’s basketball is ranked nationally in the poll.

The Panthers received 88 points, moving up from the receiving votes category to No. 22 in the national poll. Hanover had received votes each of the past four weeks to gradually climb into the top 25.

The move into the top 25 marks the first time since Jan. 2, 2006, back in the Week Five edition, that the Panthers are among the top 25 in men’s NCAA Division III.

In the first regional rankings, which came out last Wednesday, the Panthers were ranked fourth in the Great Lakes region. Hanover is one of four teams in the Great Lakes to make the top 25 this week.

The Panthers were a mainstay in the national poll in the early 2000’s, ranking as high as No. 2 in the last regular season poll of the 2003-04 season.

Currently, Hanover is 19-3 overall and its 14-2 record in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference is good enough for sole possession of first place entering the final week of the regular season.

Hanover will debut its national ranking when the Panthers face Mount St. Joseph, who was nationally ranked earlier this season, on Wednesday in a battle of HCAC frontrunners.