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Top 25 Poll - No. 1

December 05, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 1 ranking is shared by Robert Morris (Ill.) and Concordia (Calif.) in the first regular-season edition of the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced Monday. Both programs have sprinted out to undefeated records and brought home 306 total points in the ranking. Robert Morris earned six first-place votes, while the Eagles landed five first-place nods.

No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist, who collected 292 total points, improved four positions. Georgetown (Ky.) finished with the remaining first-place vote and 284 points to take over the fourth spot. Leaping up seven spots, No. 5 Shorter (Ga.) tallied 269 points.

LSU Shreveport (La.) fell out of the Top 25 after starting the Preseason with a No. 6 ranking. That was the farthest slide out of the poll this week.

Eleven of the 12 conference/independent/unaffiliated groups are mentioned in the poll. The Golden State Athletic Conference, Mid-South Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each place four teams in the ranking. Five other leagues land a pair of programs.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independent/unaffiliated groups. The second regular-season Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Dec. 12.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 – 01 season) Defending national champion and Preseason No. 1 Pikeville (Ky.) fell down to the 22nd spot… No. 5 Shorter (Ga.) enjoys its first top-five ranking since polls date back to the 2000 season… No. 9 Mountain State (W.Va.) has been in the Top 25 for the last 135-consecutive weeks, which is the longest active streak in NAIA Division I; No. 4 Georgetown (Ky.) is next with 67, followed by No. 7 Texas Wesleyan at 44 and No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist at 39… Mountain State has the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 – the Cougars have been No. 1 a total of 48 times since 2000, which marks the highest total of any program in that span; Robert Morris (Ill.) is second with 23 No. 1s and Concordia (Calif.) follows with nine mentions… Robert Morris is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 – 07 season.

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011-12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
T1 3 Robert Morris (Ill.) (6) 9-0 306
T1 4 Concordia (Calif.) (5) 8-0 306
3 7 Oklahoma Baptist 8-0 292
4 8 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 10-0 284
5 12 Shorter (Ga.) 9-0 269
6 11 Rogers State (Okla.) 7-0 261
7 10 Texas Wesleyan 6-1 251
8 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 8-2 237
9 2 Mountain State (W.Va.) 8-3 236
10 9 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 6-2 219
11 RV Westminster (Utah) 10-2 208
12 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 8-1 206
13 18 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 6-1 195
14 19 Evangel (Mo.) 9-3 181
15 15 Biola (Calif.) 6-1 176
16 NR Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7-3 136
17 15 Montana State-Northern 11-2 133
18 20 Southern Poly (Ga.) 6-2 130
19 RV Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 7-3 124
T20 13 Tougaloo (Miss.) 9-4 119
T20 NR John Brown (Ark.) 9-1 119
22 1 Pikeville (Ky.) 7-3 102
23 24 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-3 80
24 RV Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5-3 74
25 25 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 6-3 62

Others receiving votes: Xavier (La.) 54; Columbia (Mo.) 43; Voorhees (S.C.) 32; Baker (Kan.) 28; Montana Western 26; Cumberland (Tenn.) 22; William Carey (Miss.) 19; SAGU (Texas) 8; Oklahoma Christian 4; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3; Lee (Tenn.) 1; Spring Hill (Ala.) 1; Northwestern Oklahoma State 1; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 1; Carroll (Mont.) 1; Westmont (Calif.) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.