KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time this season, Cal State San Marcos sits alone atop the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. After sharing the top spot last week, the Cougars accumulated nine-of-ten first-place votes and 250 total points to earn sole possession of the No. 1 ranking.
This is the second-straight and second all-time No. 1 ranking for Cal State San Marcos, which is 22-1 on the season and shares the NAIA lead in wins with Dalton State (Ga.) (22-3). The Cougars lone loss of the season came back on Dec. 7 to Hope International (Calif.), 82-67. Cal State San Marcos will put its 13-game winning streak on the line when it returns to action on Feb. 6 against Northern New Mexico.
Pikeville accrued 239 points and the remaining first-place vote to earn the No. 2 position. The Bears are riding a five-game winning streak since losing to Georgetown (Ky.), 92-77, on Jan. 16—a loss that knocked Pikeville from the No. 1 position in the poll.
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), which shared the No. 1 ranking with Cal State San Marcos last week, falls two spots to No. 3 with 231 total points. The Lions had been the last remaining undefeated team in NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball before losing to Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), 78-77, on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Jan. 30.
No. 4 SAGU (Texas) and No. 5 William Carey (Miss.) round out the top five with 230 and 222 points, respectively. Both teams have suffered just two losses this season and lead the rankings in their respective conferences. SAGU is first in the Sooner Athletic Conference (11-1), while William Carey leads the way in the Southern States Athletic Conference (10-0).
No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.) moved up a poll-high five positions, after a 2-0 week, including a win over then-No. 14 Rio Grande (Ohio). Concordia (Calif.) fell 14 spots to No. 22 after losing back-to-back games to then-No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) and then-unranked Biola (Calif.).
No. 16 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), No. 18 Biola and No. 23 Montana State-Northern were the newcomers to this week’s Top 25. Rocky Mountain and Montana State-Northern return to the poll for the first time since Jan. 7, while Biola earns its first ranking of the 2013-14 season after receiving votes in the Preseason Poll.
Hope International (Calif.) (No. 23), Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (No. 24), Arizona Christian (No. 25) and Great Falls (Mont.) (No. 25) fell out of the poll.
All 10 conferences and independents are represented in this week's poll. Six conferences had a trio of programs ranked among the Top 25.
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 Poll will be announced on Feb. 11. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 – 01 season) In seven polls this year, there have been six different No. 1-ranked teams: Cal State San Marcos, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), SAGU (Texas), Pikeville (Ky.), Georgetown (Ky.) and Columbia (Mo.)... Twenty-nine different teams have held the No. 1 ranking since 2000... Through seven polls (including Preseason), there have been 43 different teams ranked... Preseason No. 1 and defending national champion Georgetown looks to become the first team since Oklahoma City in 2008 to be the Preseason No. 1 and win the national championship in the same season -- the Tigers are currently ranked No. 13... Last year, five programs earned the No. 1 ranking: Georgetown, Columbia, Concordia, Cumberlands (Ky.) and Oklahoma Baptist... Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked with 31-straight mentions, followed by Columbia at 29, Evangel (Mo.) at 21, Cal State San Marcos at 20 and Pikeville at 20… Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads this group with 48 No. 1 rankings, followed by Robert Morris (Ill.) with 24... Concordia and Georgetown are next with 12 and Columbia is at nine mentions… 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... A conference change this year saw the CCAC move to NAIA Division II.
2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 4
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013-14 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||T1||Cal State San Marcos (9)||21-1||250|
|2||3||Pikeville (Ky.) (1)||19-2||239|
|5||5||William Carey (Miss.)||15-2||222|
|14||16||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||13-5||142|
|15||17||LSU Shreveport (La.)||14-5||136|
|16||RV||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||16-6||130|
|17||20||Philander Smith (Ark.)||16-5||113|
|19||14||Rio Grande (Ohio)||15-7||109|
|24||22||St. Gregory's (Okla.)||16-5||76|
Others Receiving Votes: Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 48; St. Catharine (Ky.) 45; Life (Ga.) 20; Westmont (Calif.) 18; Oklahoma City 11; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 9; Faulkner (Ala.) 5; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 3; Central Methodist (Mo.) 3; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 3.