February 20, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwood (Fla.) leapfrogged Oregon Tech for the No. 1 ranking in the 10th installment of the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Monday by the national office. The top position is the seventh overall for the Seahawks this year and they move up thanks to a loss by Oregon Tech on Feb. 18. The two schools have been swapping back-and-forth on top for the last three weeks.
With 12 of the possible 14 first-place votes, Northwood gathered 373 total points. The Seahawks, who are tied with No. 5 McPherson (Kan.) for the most wins in the NAIA (27), host one of the opening round games in The Sun Conference Tournament on Tuesday.
Improving two spots is No. 2 Dordt (Iowa). The Defenders notched the remaining two first-place votes to go along with 358 points. They tie for their highest ranking on the year. Holding the top seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament, Dordt hosts Concordia (Neb.) on Wednesday.
Despite a 90-79 loss to Corban (Ore.) on Feb. 18, No. 3 Oregon Tech still wrapped up its fourth-straight Cascade Collegiate Conference regular-season title. The Hustlin’ Owls posted 344 total points and welcome College of Idaho to Klamath Falls, Ore., on Wednesday in the first round of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament.
No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) fell one spot after it had its six-game winning streak stopped on Feb. 18, 83-73, to Cornerstone (Mich.). One of three teams to hold from last week, fifth-ranked McPherson (Kan.) recorded 330 points to round out the top five. The Bulldogs won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference outright for the first time since 1945.
No. 23 Cornerstone and No. 24 Tennessee Wesleyan are this week’s newcomers. The Golden Eagles, who have taken a four-week hiatus outside the poll, have won four games in-a-row and now stand 19-11 on the year. Tennessee Wesleyan boasts a ranking for the first time since Jan. 17, 2007 (tie – No. 23), thanks to a nine-game winning streak.
Saint Francis (Ind.) (No. 24) and Southeastern (Fla.) (No. 25) both suffered drops out of the Top 25.
There are five conferences that landed three teams each in the Top 25 to lead all conferences and independents. Three other leagues placed a pair of programs in the ranking. Overall, 12 of the 14 conferences and independents are represented this week.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The final regular-season Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 29.
At the conclusion of conference tournaments on Feb. 28, the 32-team national championship field will be announced on Feb. 29. In addition, the bracket for the 21st annual Division II Women's Basketball National Championship will be released. To track complete results from all 14 league tournaments, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 1999 – 2000) There have been three teams this year to own the No. 1 ranking: Northwood (Fla.), Oregon Tech and Indiana Wesleyan… There are 12 teams to be ranked in all 10 polls this year (including preseason)… Tennessee Wesleyan becomes the 46th different team to be ranked at least once this season… No. 13 Grace (Ind.) falls outside the top 10 for the first time this season… No. 9 Northwest (Wash.) was the last undefeated team to lose this year, with that setback coming on Jan. 6, 2012 after the Eagles started 14-0… Oregon Tech has spent 19-straight polls ranked in the top 10, dating back to Jan. 10, 2011… Embry-Riddle (Fla.) owns the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 with 17; Oregon Tech is next with 14, followed by Oklahoma Wesleyan and former NAIA member Walsh (Ohio) at 12 mentions each; Northwood is right behind with nine listings… Oregon Tech is listed with the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 86-straight weeks – the last time the Hustlin’ Owls were not ranked was on Jan. 11, 2005… In second place is Northwood with 51-consecutive mentions and right behind is Davenport (Mich.) with 35-straight.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011-12 Record||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Northwood (Fla.) (12)||27-3||373|
|2||4||Dordt (Iowa) (2)||26-3||358|
|6||6||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||25-5||312|
|11||13||St. Thomas (Fla.)||21-7||248|
|15||12||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||22-7||195|
|15||16||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||22-8||195|
|19||15||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||20-9||150|
|22||22||Saint Mary (Kan.)||23-4||132|
|25||19||Valley City State (N.D.)||20-9||83|
Others receiving votes: Saint Francis (Ind.) 79; Daemen (N.Y.) 49; Eastern Oregon 26; Morningside (Iowa) 21; Midland (Neb.) 19; Ashford (Iowa) 18; Cal Maritime 18; Southeastern (Fla.) 9; William Penn (Iowa) 3; Central Christian (Kan.) 3; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 3; Taylor (Ind.) 1; Madonna (Mich.) 1; Corban (Ore.) 1; Dakota State (S.D.) 1; Sterling (Kan.) 1; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1; Calumet (Ind.) 1; Reinhardt (Ga.) 1; Huntington (Ind.) 1.