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2017 - 18 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll — Final

By: Chad Waller, Director of Athletics Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the third-straight time, The Master’s (Calif.) claims the No. 1 position in the final regular-season edition of the 2017-18 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office. The Mustangs collected all nine first-place votes and 219 total points.

Poll Methodology:

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and 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”
  • Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) beginning in the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2017 – 18 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (March 7)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017-18 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 The Master's (Calif.) (9) 29-2 219
2 3 Pikeville (Ky.) 28-4 209
3 2 LSU Shreveport (La.) 27-4 208
4 4 William Penn (Iowa) 27-4 198
5 6 Carroll (Mont.) 27-5 189
6 5 Columbia (Mo.) 27-4 186
7 7 Central Methodist (Mo.) 27-5 174
8 9 Oklahoma City 23-8 162
9 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 25-6 159
10 12 William Carey (Miss.) 25-5 154
T11 11 Montana Western 25-7 143
T11 8 Hope International (Calif.) 25-5 143
13 14 Westmont (Calif.) 24-7 142
14 13 LSU Alexandria (La.) 25-7 139
15 15 Texas Wesleyan 22-10 120
16 16 Dalton State (Ga.) 24-8 107
17 17 Cumberlands (Ky.) 21-9 101
18 20 Dillard (La.) 20-9 97
19 23 Graceland (Iowa) 24-10 87
20 18 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 23-9 79
21 19 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 21-11 77
22 24 SAGU (Texas) 24-9 73
23 21 Life (Ga.) 20-11 65
24 22 Central Baptist (Ark.) 21-8 60
25 25 Xavier (La.) 24-8 45

Others Receiving Votes: Wayland Baptist (Texas) 39; Campbellsville (Ky.) 30; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 29; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 26; Langston (Okla.) 13; Science & Arts (Okla.) 7; Vanguard (Calif.) 6.

Dropped Out: None

^ Previous ranking occurred Feb. 27, 2018 (Poll No. 6)

Championship Information

NAIA DI Men's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DI (M)