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DI Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6

January 29, 2013
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By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the third-straight poll, Columbia (Mo.) stays at the top spot in the sixth regular season edition of the 2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Cougars, who at 22-0 are the only undefeated team in both NAIA Division I and II men's and women's basketball, gathered all 11 first-place votes and 281 points.

The Cougars rank No. 1 in the NAIA in scoring defense (55.6) and scoring margin (26.9). They have defeated their opponents by 20-plus points in five-of-their-last six contests. Columbia next takes on Williams Baptist (Ark.) on Thursday and Park (Mo.) on Saturday. Both of those clubs sit in the third and second positions, respectively, in the American Midwest Conference standing.

Lee (Tenn.) locks down the second spot for the second-straight week with 272 points. At 19-1 overall, the Flames have won six-in-a-row. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) moves up one position to No. 3 with 254 points. No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), aided from a win over then-No. 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) on Jan. 19, improves three positions. With 252 points, the Blue Raiders are in the top five for the first time since the 2004 - 05 season. Leaders in the Golden State Athletic Conference, No. 5 Westmont (Calif.) is up one spot from last week with 250 points.

No. 10 Emmanuel (Ga.) and No. 16 Faulkner (Ala.) make the biggest jump with a four-spot improvement. Conversely, No. 18 William Carey (Miss.) falls the farthest with a 10-position tumble.

Making a splash in the poll for the first time this season is No. 24 LSU Shreveport and No. 25 Arizona Christian. LSU Shreveport is no newcomer in recent memory, as it was recognized seven times during the 2011 - 12 season. The Firestorm boast their first-ever national ranking in school history.

Science & Arts (Okla.) (No. 21) and Shawnee State (No. 24) both dropped out this week.

With four Top 25 teams, the Southern States Athletic Conference contains the most of any conference or unaffiliated group. The Frontier Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference, Mid-South Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each landed a trio of ranked programs. Overall, all 11 conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented this week.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The seventh regular-season Top 25 will be announced on Feb. 5. For more information on the polls, click here.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 - 01 season) No. 1 Columbia (Mo.), No. 2 Lee (Tenn.), No. 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 23 Philander Smith (Ark.) are the only teams this week to hold their spots from the last poll... There have been 42 different teams represented through seven polls this season (includes Preseason Top 25)... Columbia (Mo.) is the fourth different No. 1 team this year, joining Concordia (Calif.), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Oklahoma Baptist... Oklahoma Baptist leads the active group of being ranked with 57-straight mentions, followed by Rogers State (Okla.) at 23 and Montana State-Northern at 22... Since the 2000 - 01 season, there have been 25 different teams to hold the No. 1 ranking, with seven of those program having five-or-more listings on top of the charts...Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads this group with 48 No. 1 rankings, followed by Robert Morris (Ill.) with 24, Concordia (Calif.) is next with 12, Georgetown (Ky.) is at 10 and Rogers State is at seven... Robert Morris is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 - 07 season... By falling out of the Top 25 in the Dec. 4, 2012 edition, Georgetown had its consecutive streak of being ranked stopped at 78-straight, which was the longest active stretch at the time.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Jan. 29)
RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012 – 13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 22-0 281
2 2 Lee (Tenn.) 19-1 272
3 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 21-2 254
4 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 19-2 252
5 6 Westmont (Calif.) 18-3 250
6 4 John Brown (Ark.) 18-4 237
7 3 Pikeville (Ky.) 18-3 228
8 9 Cal State San Marcos 18-4 211
9 10 Oklahoma Baptist 18-4 208
10 14 Emmanuel (Ga.) 20-2 194
11 12 Bethel (Tenn.) 20-2 188
12 15 Hope International (Calif.) 20-2 171
13 11 Xavier (La.) 18-4 167
14 16 SAGU (Texas) 18-3 163
15 13 Montana State-Northern 18-5 156
16 20 Faulkner (Ala.) 19-3 130
17 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 17-6 129
18 8 William Carey (Miss.) 17-4 127
19 22 Westminster (Utah) 18-4 120
20 18 Rogers State (Okla.) 16-6 112
21 19 Evangel (Mo.) 16-5 107
22 25 Cumberlands (Ky.) 17-5 101
23 23 Philander Smith (Ark.) 15-5 97
24 RV LSU Shreveport (La.) 15-4 74
25 RV Arizona Christian 13-5 48

Others receiving votes: Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 35; Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 35; Shawnee State (Ohio) 34 Montana Western 21; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 18; Georgetown (Ky.) 12; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 10; St. Thomas (Texas) 10; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 6; Park (Mo.) 4.