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Men's Basketball Now Ranked No. 1 in Top 25 Poll

Leading the way for the Maccabees has been senior Ryan Turell. released its first Top 25 Men’s Basketball Poll of the season, on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, and the Yeshiva University men’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the country. The Maccabees earned 13 first-place votes. It marks the first time in school history that Yeshiva has earned the top spot in a national poll.

The full Men's Basketball Top 25 Poll can be seen here.

“It's November, and we are just trying to get better every day,” Yeshiva University Head Coach Elliot Steinmetz said when asked about the honor. “There are a lot of great teams out there, and we hope we are good enough to compete with them when it matters in a couple of months.”

Yeshiva is off to an 8-0 start this season, including 5-0 in Skyline play. The Maccabees currently have the second longest winning streak in Division III men’s basketball history at 44 games, dating back to 2019. During YU’s long unbeaten stretch, the Macs won the 2019-20 Skyline Conference Championship and earned a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament that year before the rest of the postseason was canceled due to the pandemic.

Leading the way for the Maccabees has been senior Ryan Turell, who is averaging 28.6 points per game and is shooting 60.8% from the field so far this season. The two-time First Team All-American set the school’s single-game scoring record with 51 points during Yeshiva’s latest win over Manhattanville College on Sunday. The reigning CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year, Gabriel Leifer, is scoring 9.4 points per game, grabbing 11.0 rebounds per contest, and is averaging 6.6 assists per game. The defending Skyline Rookie of the Year, Ofek Reef, is netting 15.9 points per game, while All-Met Team honoree Eitan Halpert is scoring 12.3 points per game.

The nationally ranked No. 1 Yeshiva University Maccabees will take on Farmingdale State College, at the Nold Hall Athletic Complex, on Wednesday evening. Tip-off is at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit the Maccabees’ website.