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Top 25 Poll - No. 1

November 28, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Indiana Wesleyan becomes the new No. 1 team in the 2011 - 12 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Monday by the national office. The Wildcats replace Preseason No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) with seven first-place votes and 367 total points. This top billing is Indiana Wesleyan's first in the history of Division II polls dating back to the 1991-92 season.

Following Indiana Wesleyan in the top five is second-ranked Northwood with 358 points and five first-place votes. No. 3 Davenport (Mich.) captured the remaining three first-place nods and 357 points. Grace (Ind.) and Dordt (Iowa) were two of the biggest movers this week as the Lancers improved five spots to No. 4 and Dordt slid up 11 positions to No. 5.

Six teams hold an undefeated record led by the 10-0 log of Dordt. No. 8 (tie) McPherson (Kan.) is tied with Dordt for the most wins on the season with a 10-1 mark.

There are seven new teams from the Preseason Top 25: No. 13 Northwest (Wash.), No. 14 Mount Mercy (Iowa), No. 17 Warner Pacific (Ore.), No. 19 Goshen (Ind.), No. 23 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), No. 24 Reinhardt (Ga.) and No. 25 Daemen (N.Y.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The second regular-season Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Dec. 5.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan becomes the fourth-different team since the start of 2010-11 season to earn the top spot... Embry-Riddle (Fla.) owns the most No. 1 rankings with 17; No. 6  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 77-straight weeks -- the last time the Hustlin' Owls were not ranked was on Jan. 11, 2005... In second place is Northwood with 42-consecutive mentions.

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Indiana Wesleyan (7) 7-0 367
2 1 Northwood (Fla.) (5) 4-1 358
3 3 Davenport (Mich.) (2) 8-0 357
4 9 Grace (Ind.) 7-0 335
5 16 Dordt (Iowa) 10-0 325
6 4 Oregon Tech 8-1 310
7 18 Indiana Tech 8-0 295
T8 11 McPherson (Kan.) 10-1 286
T8 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 7-1 286
10 19 Warner (Fla.) 5-1 272
11 4 Bellevue (Neb.) 6-3 243
12 21 Indiana East 8-1 241
13 NR Northwest (Wash.) 8-0 232
14 RV Mount Mercy (Iowa) 8-1 220
15 13 Saint Francis (Ind.) 5-3 193
16 23 Morningside (Iowa) 5-2 185
17 NR Warner Pacific (Ore.) 5-2 173
18 22 Jamestown (N.D.) 7-3 167
19 NR Goshen (Ind.) 8-1 154
20 16 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 4-2 148
21 10 Eastern Oregon 6-2 119
22 24 Indiana Southeast 5-3 93
23 RV Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 6-2 74
24 RV Reinhardt (Ga.) 5-2 71
25 RV Daemen (N.Y.) 5-3 66

Others receiving votes: Florida Memorial 56; Saint Mary (Kan.) 56; Clarke (Iowa) 52; Iowa Wesleyan 50; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 47; Taylor (Ind.) 38; Valley City State (N.D.) 35; College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 20; Holy Names (Calif.) 20; Virginia Intermont 6; Bethel (Ind.) 1; Southwestern (Kan.) 1; York (Neb.) 1; Concordia (Neb.) 1; Point Park (Pa.) 1.