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.
• 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|
|2||1||Saint Francis (Ind.)||33||5||272|
|4||4||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||32||4||252|
|7||3||St. Francis (Ill.)||28||4||224|
|10||11||Northwest Christian (Ore.)||28||7||196|
|14||14||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||26||8||165|
|15||15||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||24||10||151|
|18||19||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||23||11||126|
|21||23||Valley City State (N.D.)||22||11||109|
|24||20||Robert Morris (Ill.)||24||10||79|
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)