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2015-16 Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason (March 23)

March 23, 2016
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Wesleyan is No. 1 in the postseason edition of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.

Top 25 Highlights (Historical information dates back to 1991):
• Indiana Wesleyan (33-5) is in the top spot for the first time since Jan. 5. The Wildcats received all 11 first-place votes and a total of 281 points. This marks the 28th-straight poll that Wildcats are in the top 5, dating back to Feb. 25, 2014.
• 2016 national runner-up Saint Francis (Ind.) (33-5) received a total of 272 points.
• No. 3 Davenport (Mich.) (32-5) (263 points) is in the top five for the 13th-straight poll dating back to the 2015 Postseason Poll.
• No. 4 Briar Cliff (Iowa) (32-4) (252 points) and No. 5 Keiser (Fla.) (30-5) round out the top five.
• No. 6 IU East (Ind.) (22-14) and No. 17 York (Neb.) (25-10) are the two newcomers this week.
• York is ranked for the first time since Dec. 10, 2014.
• No. 13 Bethel (Ind.) (24-10) has the most all-time No. 1 mentions with 35. Former-member Embry-Riddle (Fla.) is second with 21.
• There have been 44 teams ranked this year.
• Five teams have been ranked No. 1 this season - Cornerstone (Mich.) (Oct. 27), Indiana Wesleyan (Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Jan. 5 and March 23) Davenport (Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16), St. Francis (Ill.) (Feb. 23) and Saint Francis (March 2).
• Davenport holds the longest active streak of being consecutively ranked with 89-straight mentions, dating back to Feb. 22, 2010.
• Jamestown (N.D.) (2003-04) and former-member Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (2000-01) are the only Division II teams to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Indiana Wesleyan and Keiser moved up four spots highlighting the positive movement.
• No. 19 Tennessee Wesleyan (28-4) and No. 23 Indiana Tech (23-10) fell four positions each, which was the biggest drop in the Top 25.
• Eleven teams have been ranked in every poll this year.
• Davenport and Indiana Wesleyan are the only teams to be ranked inside the top 5 in each poll this season.
• All twelve conference/Association of Independent Institutions are represented in the Top 25.
• Four conferences have three teams represented in the Top 25 – Crossroads League, Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference.
• Indiana Wesleyan has been ranked in the Top 25 for 57-straight weeks, dating back to Jan. 30, 2012.
• For more information on NAIA Men’s DII Basketball, click here.
• For the complete ratings calendar, click here.

Poll Methodology:
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015 – 16 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - Postseason (March 23)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1st place votes) WON LOST FINAL POINTS
1 5 Indiana Wesleyan 33 5 281
2 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) 33 5 272
3 2 Davenport (Mich.) 32 5 263
4 4 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 32 4 252
5 9 Keiser (Fla.) 30 5 238
6 NR Indiana East 22 14 225
7 3 St. Francis (Ill.) 28 4 224
8 10 Warner (Fla.) 26 7 221
9 6 Tabor (Kan.) 30 4 198
10 11 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 28 7 196
11 7 Union (Ky.) 28 7 193
12 8 Cornerstone (Mich.) 27 7 191
13 13 Bethel (Ind.) 24 10 169
14 14 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 26 8 165
15 15 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 24 10 151
16 18 Nebraska Wesleyan 22 8 132
17 NR York (Neb.) 25 10 128
18 19 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 23 11 126
19 12 Tennessee Wesleyan 28 4 124
20 23 Cal Maritime 23 10 123
21 23 Valley City State (N.D.) 22 11 109
22 17 Southern Oregon 24 9 94
23 16 Indiana Tech 23 10 92
24 20 Robert Morris (Ill.) 24 10 79
25 22 Southwestern (Kan.) 26 8 61

Dropped from the Top 25: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (No. 21) and Bellevue (Neb.) (No. 25)

Others Receiving Votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 57; Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) 48; Bellevue (Neb.) 38; Dakota State (S.D.) 20; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 12; St. Thomas (Fla.) 10; Goshen (Ind.) 9; Rochester (Mich.); Aquinas (Mich.) 4.

^ Ranking based off the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll Final (March 2)