Top 25 Poll - Preseason
October 24, 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|
|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|
|T16||RV||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||21-13||173|
|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