KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eastern Oregon stays at No. 1 for the fifth-consecutive week in the 2012 - 13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Mountaineers gathered 12 of the 13 first-place votes for the third-straight time to go along with 343 points. Nos. 2 and 3 hold as William Penn (Iowa) notched 332 points and Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) finished with 318 points. No. 4 Northwood (Fla.) moves up two spots, while No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) locks down the fifth spot with 305 points in the eighth regular-season edition.
Behind a 12-game winning streak, Eastern Oregon owns the most wins in Division II with a 26-1 record. The winning streak is currently the nation's second-longest. The Mountaineers have three regular-season games remaining as they face College of Idaho Friday before closing up at No. 13 Warner Pacific (Ore.) Feb. 15 and at Concordia (Ore.) Feb. 16. Eastern Oregon sits 2.5 games ahead of Warner Pacific in the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings.
Holding the second spot for the fourth-straight time, William Penn stands 24-1 on the season. The Statesmen captured the remaining first-place vote. They have a battle against No. 7 Mount Mercy (Iowa) looming Saturday to determine the Mid-Central College Conference title.
No. 3 Cardinal Stritch (24-3) has now been in the top five in each of the nine polls this season. Northwood posted 305 points to improve to fourth, just one point ahead of No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa).
No. 9 Saint Xavier (Ill.), No. 16 York (Neb.) and No. 19 Valley City State (N.D.) all earned the best improvements within the poll, each sporting a three-spot jump. The Cougars and Panthers land in their best ranking of 2012 - 13. Valley City State has been ranked in all nine polls this year with the highest at No. 15 occurring on Dec. 11, 2011.
No. 25 Grace (Ind.) is 5-3 during an eight-game stretch and tumbled eight positions for the farthest fall.
No. 20 Taylor (Ind.) and No. 24 Southern Oregon highlight the list of newcomers. This is the first ranking this season for the Trojans, with their last coming on Dec. 12, 2011 (No. 19). Southern Oregon boasted a Top 25 mention in the first six polls this year before losing three-straight games.
Taylor and Southern Oregon replace Northwest (Wash.) (No. 20) and Saint Mary (Kan.) (No. 21). Northwest has dropped four-consecutive contests, while the Spires fell to unranked Sterling (Kan.) Jan. 31.
With four Top 25 teams, The Crossroads League and The Sun Conference boast the most of any conference or independent. The Cascade Collegiate Conference and Great Plains Athletic Conference each place a triplet of teams on the list. Overall, 12 of the 13 conferences and independents are represented this week in the poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The ninth regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 12. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 1991 - 1992 season, which is the start of Division II) No. 8 Indiana Southeast is the active leader with 13-straight wins on the season - the Grenadiers last loss came Dec. 5, 2012... Thirteen teams have been ranked in all nine polls (including Preseason Top 25), with five of those clubs in the top 10 each week... With five-straight mentions at No. 1, Eastern Oregon holds the longest stretch at No. 1 since former member Walsh (Ohio) went eight-consecutive posts during the 2010 - 11 season... Three different teams have been ranked No. 1 this year: Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Eastern Oregon and Northwood (Fla.)... There have been 42 different teams to be listed in the Top 25 this year... Northwood holds the longest active streak of being ranked with 62-consecutive mentions (dating back to Feb. 6, 2008) and right behind is Davenport (Mich.) with 46-straight, followed by Indiana-Southwest (40), Grace (Ind.) (34) and Northwestern (Iowa) (30)... There have been 35 teams all-time to be ranked No. 1, with nine programs earning at least 10 top mentions... Bethel (Ind.) boasts the most all-time No. 1's with 35, followed by Embry-Riddle (Fla.) with 17, Oregon Tech at 15, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (currently a member in NAIA Division I) and former member Northern State (S.D.) with 14, Oklahoma Wesleyan and former member Walsh (Ohio) at 13, Northwood (Fla.) at 12 and Jamestown (N.D.) at 11 - no other school has more than 10 mentions at No. 1... Oregon Tech had its streak of 90-consecutive polls snapped (dating back to Jan. 11, 2005) in the Nov. 27, 2012 poll as the Hustlin' Owls were in the "receiving votes" category.2012 - 13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - Rating No. 8
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 – 13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Eastern Oregon (12)||26-1||343|
|2||2||William Penn (Iowa) (1)||24-1||332|
|3||3||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||24-3||318|
|7||8||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||22-3||276|
|9||12||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||22-4||243|
|12||7||St. Thomas (Fla.)||18-6||231|
|13||14||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||20-6||207|
|18||18||Ave Maria (Fla.)||20-4||149|
|19||22||Valley City State (N.D.)||19-5||137|
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Wesleyan 71; Saint Mary (Kan.) 71; Bellevue (Neb.) 44 Lourdes (Ohio) 25; Hastings (Neb.) 24; Northwest (Wash.) 23; Cal Maritime 10; Indiana East 5; Dakota State (S.D.) 4.