By: Chad Waller, Director of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Master’s (Calif.) enjoys the top ranking for the second-straight week in the sixth regular-season edition of the 2017-18 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. With eight first-place votes, the Mustangs gathered 219 total points.
The final regular-season Top 25 poll will be released Wednesday, March 7 in conjunction with the championship bracket reveal. The live video announcement will begin at 6 p.m. CDT on the NAIA Facebook page.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
- Despite a loss at the hands of then-No. 13 Hope International (Calif.) on Feb. 22, The Master’s (Calif.) remains at the No. 1 position heading into the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.
- The Master’s competes in the GSAC semifinals on Saturday for a chance at qualifying for the NAIA National Championship.
- The Mustangs claim the most blocks in the NAIA with 5.2 per game (150 total). They also rank second in field goal percentage defense (.384) and third in scoring margin (21.2).
- With a 27-2 record, The Master’s is tied with the most wins in the NAIA and has the best win percentage (.931).
- The rest of the top 7 ranked teams had little movement as No. 4 William Penn (Iowa) dropped one spot from last week.
- No. 3 Pikeville (Ky.) garnered the remaining first-place vote with a 27-3 record.
- No. 20 Dillard (La.) and No. 24 SAGU (Texas) are this week’s newcomers. Dillard was ranked previously in the 2017-18 Preseason Top 25 at the 15th spot. The Lions last were recognized in the 2016-17 Postseason Top 25 at No. 15.
- Pikeville owns the longest active streak within the Top 25 with a 65-straight week mark. The last non-ranking poll for the Bears was the end of 2011-12 season. No. 9 (tie) Georgetown (Ky.) is next with 61-straight mentions, followed by No. 5 Columbia (Mo.) and No. 13 LSU Alexandria (La.) both at 39-straight.
- There have been 38 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position. Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads the all-time charts with 48 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by NAIA Division II member Robert Morris (Ill.) with 24. Georgetown is next with 16, former member Concordia (Calif.) at 12, LSU Alexandria and former member Cal State San Marcos at 11 and Columbia at nine No. 1 recognitions.
- Robert Morris, now a NAIA Division II member in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 – 07 season.
- 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 ratings) 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 appears on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
- Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) beginning in 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 I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (Feb. 27)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2017-18 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||The Master's (Calif.) (8)||27-2||219|
|2||2||LSU Shreveport (La.)||27-3||206|
|3||3||Pikeville (Ky.) (1)||27-3||205|
|4||3||William Penn (Iowa)||26-3||203|
|7||7||Central Methodist (Mo.)||26-4||175|
|8||13||Hope International (Calif.)||25-4||167|
|12||14||William Carey (Miss.)||22-5||149|
|13||18||LSU Alexandria (La.)||23-7||134|
|16||15||Dalton State (Ga.)||22-7||108|
|18||19||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||22-8||87|
|19||T16||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||20-10||82|
|22||T22||Central Baptist (Ark.)||20-7||74|
Others Receiving Votes: Wayland Baptist (Texas) 48; Campbellsville (Ky.) 26; Wiley (Texas) 22; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 19; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 18; Science & Arts (Okla.) 12; Vanguard (Calif.) 6; Missouri Baptist 3.
Dropped Out: No. 9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 16 (tie) Science & Arts (Okla.)
^ Previous ranking occurred Feb. 13, 2018 (Poll No. 5)