KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-straight edition and third time this season, Cornerstone (Mich.) claims the No. 1 spot in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Golden Eagles claimed all 12 first-place votes and 312 total points this week.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1998)
• Cornerstone (17-2), which currently leads the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference at 9-0, has won 17-straight since dropping the first two games of the season.
• The 17 victories by the Golden Eagles
• Cornerstone now boasts 16 all-time No. 1 appearances, which is fourth-most on the active list.
• Three newcomers joined the Top 25 this week: No. 21 IU Southeast (Ind.), No. 22 Mayville State (N.D.) and No. 25 Keiser (Fla.). Mayville State is ranked for the first time since the 2006-07 final poll, which is the longest drought among the trio.
• No. 11 Bethel (Ind.) boasts the most active appearances at No. 1 with 35. Behind Bethel for most No. 1 positions is No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan at 22, Cornerstone 16 and No. 20 Oregon Tech at 15.
• Indiana Wesleyan holds the longest active streak in the poll with 70-straight mentions. Bethel is next with 60-consecutive appearances, while Cornerstone is third at 49-straight.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
• Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• The frequency of polls occurs bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2017-18 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (January 9)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2017-18 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Cornerstone (Mich.) (12)||17-2||312|
|2||2||Saint Francis (Ind.)||16-2||302|
|3||3||IU East (Ind.)||16-2||292|
|4||5||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||17-2||281|
|8||12||College of Idaho||12-5||232|
|13||16||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||16-2||193|
|14||18||St. Thomas (Fla.)||12-5||178|
|16||25||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||13-4||161|
|18||13||Trinity International (Ill.)||13-5||143|
|19||20||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||15-5||136|
|21||NR||IU Southeast (Ind.)||11-5||100|
|22||NR||Mayville State (N.D.)||11-3||91|
Others Receiving Votes: Warner (Fla.) 43; Allen (S.C.) 34; Asbury (Ky.) 32; Antelope Valley (Calif.) 28; Michigan-Dearborn 28; Dickinson State (N.D.) 25; Eastern Oregon 21; Concordia (Neb.) 17; Governors State (Ill.) 10; Roosevelt (Ill.) 8; Coastal Georgia 4; Jamestown (N.D.) 4; Madonna (Mich.) 3.
Dropped Out: College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (No. 22); Michigan-Dearborn (No. 23); Taylor (Ind.) (No. 24)
^ Ranking from Dec. 12,