By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth-straight week, Cal State San Marcos stands in the No. 1 position in the eighth regular-season edition of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Cougars gathered 9-of-10 first-place votes and 250 total points. Cal State San Marcos owns the longest active Division I win streak at 18-straight games.
At 27-1, the Cougars own the best win percentage in Division I (.964). As a team, Cal State San Marcos ranks No. 2 in scoring margin (+20.5), seventh in scoring offense (90.9) and ninth in 3-pointer's made per game (8.9). The Cougars have just one single game remaining on the regular season slate as they travel to No. 9 Vanguard (Calif.) on Feb. 27.
Similar to Cal State San Marcos, No. 2 Pikeville remains in its spot from last week. With 242 total points, the Bears tallied one first-place vote for the fourth-straight week. Pikeville earned a 105-95 win against then-No. 19 Georgetown (Ky.) in the NAIA Game of the Week on Feb. 15. Pikeville takes its nine-game win streak into its next contest with Shawnee State (Ohio) on Thursday.
The teams ranked Nos. 3 - 5 all shifted positions. No. 3 William Carey (Miss.) and No. 4 SAGU (Texas) both slid up, while No. 5 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) dropped two places. The No. 3 ranking for William Carey is its highest of the season. Freed-Hardeman fell after its second loss of the year on Feb. 11, both coming at the hands of unranked Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).
Two clubs enjoy five-spot hikes, which was the best improvement this week: No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 13 LSU Shreveport (La.).
No. 19 Rio Grande (Ohio) slid down four spots for the largest fall.
No. 22 Central Methodist (Mo.) is the big surprise this week as one of three newcomers. The Eagles, who are 9-1 in their last 10 games, are ranked for the first time since March 2, 2010 when they were No. 13. The 81-78 win over then-No. 10 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on Feb. 13 was the second top 10 victory in the last seven days for Central Methodist.
After four-consecutive losses, Evangel (No. 17) is one of three programs to fall out of the Top 25. The Crusaders reached as high as No. 5 on Jan. 21, but have gone 3-5 since that day. Biola (Calif.) (No. 22) and Philander Smith (Ark.) (No. 24) were the others to drop out.
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 ninth regular-season Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 25. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 – 01 season) By dropping out this week, Evangel (Mo.) snaps a streak of 22-straight weeks appearing in the Top 25, which was the third-longest active stretch... Top-ranked Cal State San Marcos joins a group of 12 other schools with four-or-more No. 1 rankings... The combo of No. 5 Freed-Hardman (Tenn.) and No. 7 Columbia (Mo.) out of the American Midwest Conference have now been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last six 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... Twenty-nine different teams have held the No. 1 ranking since 2000... Through nine polls (including Preseason), there have been 44 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. 16... 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 33-straight mentions, followed by Columbia at 31, Cal State San Marcos at 22 and Pikeville at 22… 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. 18
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013-14 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Cal State San Marcos (9)||27-1||250|
|2||2||Pikeville (Ky.) (1)||22-2||242|
|3||4||William Carey (Miss.)||20-2||234|
|10||11||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||20-6||180|
|13||18||LSU Shreveport (La.)||17-6||149|
|17||14||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||14-8||109|
|19||15||Rio Grande (Ohio)||16-9||99|
|22||RV||Central Methodist (Mo.)||16-10||78|
|23||21||St. Gregory's (Okla.)||18-6||75|
|24||25||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||16-7||73|