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Top 25 Poll - Preseason

October 24, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Northwood (Fla.) boasts the top ranking in the 2011 -- 12 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, announced Monday by the national office. The Seahawks posted 10 first-place votes and 371 total points, coming off a 33-4 campaign and a Fab Four finish. They held the No. 1 spot for two weeks during the 2010-11 season, with the last mention coming on Feb. 14, 2011.

No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan, who returns junior NAIA Second-Team All-American Patrick Hopkins, gathered the remaining four first-place votes and 359 total points. Third-ranked Davenport (Mich.), along with Bellevue (Neb.) and Oregon Tech tied for fourth with 323 points, round out of the top five.

Defending national champion Cornerstone (Mich.) takes home the sixth position. Saint Francis (Ind.), the team who lost to Cornerstone, 80-71, in the national championship, begins the season at No. 13 (tie).

There are 10 newcomers based upon the final 2010-11 Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Perhaps the biggest surprise is No. 11 McPherson (Kan.), who is ranked for the first time since Dec. 9, 2003 (No. 19). The Bulldogs return three All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference performers from their 21-14 team.

A few teams are nationally listed for the first time in over a year: No. 16 (tie) Dordt (Iowa) (last ranked on Nov. 30, 2009); No. 16 (tie) Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (last ranked on Feb. 22, 2010); No. 19 Warner (Fla.) (last ranked on Feb. 15, 2010); No. 20 Sterling (Kan.) (last ranked on Feb. 23, 2009); No. 23 Morningside (Iowa) (last ranked on March 4, 2009) and No. 25 College of Idaho (last ranked on Oct. 26, 2009).

Eleven of the 14 conferences and independents are represented in the preseason poll. Five conferences land a trio of teams in the Top 25, while another four leagues boast a pair.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The first regular-season Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Nov. 28.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) Top-ranked Northwood (Fla.) becomes the seventh-different team in the last seven years to grab the No. 1 preseason spot... Fab Four participant College of the Ozarks (Mo.) holds down the No. 12 spot in the preseason... Oklahoma Wesleyan, in the receiving votes category, had its 45-consecutive Top-25 streak stopped... No. 11 McPherson (Kan.) is ending the longest drought among this week's Top 25 with nearly an eight-year absence... No. 8 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 17; No. 4 (tie) Oregon Tech, Oklahoma Wesleyan and former NAIA member Walsh (Ohio) have posted 12 mentions at No. 1... Oregon Tech is listed with the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 76-straight weeks -- the last time the Hustlin' Owls were not ranked was on Jan. 11, 2005... In second place is Northwood with 41-consecutive mentions... No. 4 (tie) Bellevue (Neb.) has been ranked in the top 10 in the last 15 polls.

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)
2010-11 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Northwood (Fla.) (10) 33-4 371
2 9 Indiana Wesleyan (4) 28-8 359
3 13 Davenport (Mich.) 29-6 347
T4 4 Bellevue (Neb.) 28-6 323
T4 8 Oregon Tech 30-5 323
6 3 Cornerstone (Mich.) 34-4 303
7 12 Northwestern (Iowa) 22-9 298
8 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 29-5 294
9 16 Grace (Ind.) 22-11 290
10 10 Eastern Oregon 26-7 277
11 RV McPherson (Kan.) 21-14 243
12 19 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 24-12 222
T13 14 Saint Francis (Ind.) 28-10 217
T13 RV St. Ambrose (Iowa) 23-9 217
15 13 Iowa Wesleyan 24-6 181
T16 RV Dordt (Iowa) 19-12 173
T16 RV Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 21-13 173
18 RV Indiana Tech 22-11 146
19 NR Warner (Fla.) 15-14 137
20 RV Sterling (Kan.) 21-11 136
21 23 Indiana East 23-10 130
22 RV Jamestown (N.D.) 21-9 113
23 NR Morningside (Iowa) 15-17 95
24 17 Indiana Southeast 21-11 91
25 NR College of Idaho 13-17 85

Others receiving votes: Milligan (Tenn.) 78; Ashford (Iowa) 58; Daemen (N.Y.) 40; Oklahoma Wesleyan 40; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 32; Judson (Ill.) 31; Concordia (Mich.) 27; Holy Names (Calif.) 22; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 17; Reinhardt (Ga.) 14; Bethany (Kan.) 9; Taylor (Ind.) 8; Asbury (Ky.) 5; Marian (Ind.) 4; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 4; Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) 3; Florida Memorial 1; Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 1; Menlo (Calif.) 1; Union (Ky.) 1; Concordia (Ore.) 1; William Jessup (Calif.) 1.

^ Ranking is the final 2010-11 Coaches' Top 25 Poll