By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oklahoma Baptist moves up to the No. 1 ranking in the first regular-season edition of the 2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Bison improved to 9-1 on the season after an 88-81 victory on Dec. 1 against Concordia (Calif.) in a rematch of the 2012 NAIA National Championship final. Oklahoma Baptist collected nine-of-the-11 possible first-place votes and 279 total points.
Making the best jump within the poll, No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) improved 24 positions from the Preseason Top 25. The Patriots are a perfect 10-0 on the year. They posted 266 total points and one first-place vote. No. 3 Lee (Tenn.) stands with 264 points, thanks to a perfect 9-0 start on the season.
Tied at No. 4, Pikeville (Ky.) and Rogers State (Okla.) check in with 246 points. Sixth-ranked Columbia (Mo.) received the remaining first-place vote to go along with 236 points.
More than one-third of the Top 25 is comprised of newcomers (nine): No. 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 14 Science & Arts (Okla.), No. 15 William Carey (Miss.), No. 17 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 18 (tie) Campbellsville (Ky.), No. 18 (tie) Life (Ga.), No. 20 SAGU (Texas); No. 22 Oklahoma City and No. 24 Bethel (Tenn.).
The Sooner Athletic Conference lists five teams in the Top 25, the most of any conference or unaffiliated group: Oklahoma Baptist, Rogers State, Science & Arts, Oklahoma City and No. 25 John Brown (Ark.). The Mid-South Conference lands four programs in the ranking. The Frontier Conference and Southern States Athletic Conference each boast a triplet of teams.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The second regular-season Top 25 will be announced on Dec. 11. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 - 01 season) Oklahoma Baptist was last ranked No.1 on Feb. 27, 2012... By falling out of the Top 25 this week, Georgetown (Ky.) has its consecutive streak of being ranked stopped at 78-straight, which was the longest active --- prior to today, the last time the Tigers were not ranked was Jan. 11, 2006... Texas Wesleyan now holds the active streak with 57 and Oklahoma Baptist is next at 52... Robert Morris (Ill.) leads the NAIA with 24 No. 1 rankings since 2000, while Concordia (Calif.) is next with 12 and Georgetown follows with 11 top mentions ... Robert Morris is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 - 07 season.
2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Dec. 4)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL||2012 – 13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Oklahoma Baptist (9)||9-1||279|
|2||25||Cumberlands (Ky.) (1)||10-0||266|
|T4||5||Rogers State (Okla.)||9-1||246|
|6||10||Columbia (Mo.) (1)||9-0||236|
|8||11||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||9-1||217|
|9||20||Cal State San Marcos||7-3||201|
|10||NR||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||10-0||188|
|12||16||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||9-2||179|
|14||NR||Science & Arts (Okla.)||7-1||176|
|15||NR||William Carey (Miss.)||7-1||160|
|21||24||Southern-New Orleans (La.)||3-1||106|
|25||17||John Brown (Ark.)||8-1||72|
Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 47; Texas College 39; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 27; West Virginia Tech 19; Central Methodist (Mo.) 18; Emmanuel (Ga.) 18; Park (Mo.) 9; Wiley (Texas) 5 Philander Smith (Ark.) 3; Loyola (La.) 3;
^ Indicates ranking in 2012 - 13 Preseason Top 25 (Oct. 23)