KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With a win over preseason No. 1 The Master’s (Calif.) already under its belt, LSU Alexandria (La.) ascended to the top spot in the first NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll of the regular season. The Generals received eight of nine first place votes with an 8-1 record.
The Master’s dropped just one spot with the lone blemish on its record while Carroll (Mont.), William Penn (Iowa) and Campbellsville (Ky.) rounded-out the top five.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)
- Tuesday’s poll was the first No. 1 ranking for LSU Alexandria since March 8, 2017.
- The Generals rank No. 5 in blocks per game with 5.77 and rank No. 6 in three-point field goals per game with just over 11.
- Campbellsville was one of four schools go from receiving votes to the Top 10. In addition to the Tigers, Langston (Okla.), Faulkner (Ala.) and Missouri Baptist all found a spots at five through eight.
- Going back through 2000, three of those four schools have been in the top 10 in their history. The lone school that has not is Missouri Baptist, whose highest ranking was No. 11 on Dec. 14, 2005. Campbellsville was last in the Top 10 on April 8, 2015, Langston on March 29, 2017 and Faulkner on February 12, 2013.
- Arizona Christian, Benedictine (Kan.), Central Baptist (Ark.) and John Brown (Ark.) are all new to the poll this week. All three schools were ranked in the Top 25 at least once last season. The highest ranking of the three last year was Benedictine (Kan.) in the preseason edition released on Oct. 24, 2017. Central Baptist ended the season ranked No. 24 in the final poll released on March 7, 2018.
- Former member Mountain State (W.Va.) owns the most No. 1-rankings with 48, followed by Robert Morris (Ill.) (24) and Georgetown (Ky.) (16). Former NAIA member Concordia (Calif.) is tied with current No. 1 LSU Alexandria at 12.
- Pikeville (Ky.) owns the longest active streak in the Top 25, which is now at 68 consecutive polls.
- 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.
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2018-19 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 1 (Dec. 4, 2018)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL [1st Place Votes]||RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||t-2||LSU Alexandria (La.) ||8-1||219|
|2||1||The Master's (Calif.)||8-1||208|
|4||t-2||William Penn (Iowa)||11-1||202|
|5||RV||Campbellsville (Ky.) ||11-0||189|
|10||17||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||8-1||145|
|17||RV||Peru State (Neb.)||7-1||106|
|18||NR||Central Baptist (Ark.)||8-0||104|
|19||20||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||7-2||79|
|22||7||LSU Shreveport (La.)||7-4||63|
|23||NR||John Brown (Ark.)||7-2||57|
Dropped from the Top 25: Columbia (Mo.), Hope International (Calif.), William Carey (Miss.), Central Methodist (Mo.), Texas Wesleyan, Rocky Mountain (Mont.), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Dalton State (Ga.), Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas), Menlo (Calif.), Xavier (La.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
Others Receiving Votes: Providence (Mont.) 50, William Carey (Miss.) 44, Hope International (Calif.) 44, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 18, Tougaloo (Miss.) 17, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 6, Loyola (La.) 3, Science & Arts (Okla.) 3.