By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cal State San Marcos retains the No. 1 ranking in the seventh regular-season edition of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Cougars, who are 25-1 on the year, have been the top-ranked program for the last three polls, which includes a No. 1 tie on Jan. 28. With nine first-place votes and 250 total points, Cal State San Marcos holds the Division I active lead for longest win streak at 16-straight games.
After a loss to Hope International on Dec. 7, 2013, Cal State San Marcos has gone on a tear. Each of the past six wins have been by double-digits and by an average margin of + 25 points. The Cougars rank No. 1 in Division I in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.269) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (+1.3). The Cougars are next in action on Tuesday at home against Bethesda (Calif.).
Second-ranked Pikeville (Ky.) holds for the second-straight week, posting 240 points and the remaining first-place nod. The seven-game win streak for the Bears is put on the line Thursday at home against Cumberlands (Ky.). Pikeville holds a 2.5 game lead for first place in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) standings. The Bears face No. 19 Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday for a battle between two of the top three teams in the MSC.
No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), with 236 total points, holds steady with a 20-1 record. The Lions are tied with Cal State San Marcos with the fewest losses on the year. Freed-Hardeman, new members to the American Midwest Conference (AMC), are 13-0 in the AMC and is a 1/2 game in front of No. 6 Columbia (Mo.) for first place. The rematch between these clubs is set for Feb. 22.
Moving up one spot, No. 4 William Carey (Miss.) posted 225 points. The Crusaders hold the third-longest active win streak at 11 games. On Tuesday, William Carey faces No. 12 Xavier (La.).
No. 5 SAGU (Texas) slips one position with 218 points. The drop occurs after the Lions tripped up on Feb. 6 against Science & Arts (Okla.), 88-80. SAGU has now been ranked in the top five in all eight polls this season.
No. 13 Concordia (Calif.) made the best improvement with a nine-spot jump from last week. The Eagles have bounced back with two wins after a stretch when they went 3-4.
Conversely, No. 17 Evangel (Mo.) suffered a nine-spot decline after two-straight losses last week.
No. 25 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) captured 49 total points. The RedHawks were ranked back in the Jan. 28 edition and has now been in the Top 25 in six of the possible eight polls.
After a loss to then-No. 16 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in the Division I Game of the Week on Feb. 8, Montana Western (No. 25) dropped out of the Top 25.
All 10 conferences and independents are represented in this week's poll. Six conferences continue to have a trio of programs ranked among the Top 25.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The eighth regular-season Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 18. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 – 01 season) The combo of No. 3 Freed-Hardman (Tenn.) and No. 6 Columbia (Mo.) out of the American Midwest Conference have now been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last five polls... No. 7 (tie) Emmanuel (Ga.) is second in Division I with a 13-game win streak... In eight polls this year, there have been six different No. 1-ranked teams: Cal State San Marcos, Freed-Hardeman, SAGU (Texas), Pikeville (Ky.), Georgetown (Ky.) and Columbia... Cal State San Marcos joins a group of 15 schools with at least three mentions at the No. 1 position... Twenty-nine different teams have held the No. 1 ranking since 2000... Through eight polls (including Preseason), there have been 43 different teams ranked... Preseason No. 1 and defending national champion Georgetown looks to become the first team since Oklahoma City in 2008 to be the Preseason No. 1 and win the national championship in the same season -- the Tigers are currently ranked No. 19... Last year, five programs earned the No. 1 ranking: Georgetown, Columbia, Concordia, Cumberlands (Ky.) and Oklahoma Baptist... Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked with 32-straight mentions, followed by Columbia at 30, Evangel (Mo.) at 22, Cal State San Marcos at 21 and Pikeville at 21… Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads this group with 48 No. 1 rankings, followed by Robert Morris (Ill.) with 24... Concordia and Georgetown are next with 12 and Columbia is at nine mentions… Robert Morris, now a NAIA Division II member in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 – 07 season... A conference change this year saw the CCAC move to NAIA Division II.
2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 11
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013-14 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Cal State San Marcos (9)||25-1||250|
|2||2||Pikeville (Ky.) (1)||21-2||240|
|4||5||William Carey (Miss.)||17-2||225|
|11||16||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||18-6||163|
|14||14||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||14-6||138|
|15||19||Rio Grande (Ohio)||16-7||132|
|18||15||LSU Shreveport (La.)||15-6||120|
|21||24||St. Gregory's (Okla.)||17-5||91|
|24||17||Philander Smith (Ark.)||16-7||61|
|25||RV||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||14-7||49|