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Postseason Top 25 Poll

March 19, 2012
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By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After earning its third all-time national championship, Oregon Tech is ranked No. 1 in the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, announced Monday by the national office. The Hustlin’ Owls tied Bethel (Ind.) for the most national championships won at the Division II tournament and finished the year with a 34-4 record. They corralled all 13 first-place votes and totaled 343 points.

The Hustlin’ Owls were ranked No. 1 on two other occasions this year, with the last coming on Feb. 13.

National runner-up Northwood (Fla.) checks in with a No. 2 ranking. The Seahawks appeared in their first title game in school history, but fell 63-46 in the lowest scoring title game in history. Ranked No. 1 for eight weeks throughout the year, Northwood ends with 332 total points. The Seahawks were either No. 1 or 2 in all 13 polls.

Fab Four participants Davenport (Mich.) and McPherson (Kan.) check in with the Nos. 3 and 4 rankings. The Panthers were listed third in the final regular-season Top 25 and McPherson jumps up one position. Dordt (Iowa) falls one spot to No. 5 with 298 total points.

Unseeded in the national championship, Saint Francis (Ind.) improved the most within the Top 25 by vaulting four spots to No. 19. The Cougars played in the quarterfinals, before bowing out to eventual champion Oregon Tech.

No. 24 Daemen (N.Y.) is this week’s newcomer. The Wildcats were last ranked on Jan. 30 and bumped out Tennessee Wesleyan, who was 23rd in the final regular-season rating on Feb. 29.

The Mid-Central College Conference boasts the most programs ranked in the Top 25: No. 12 Grace (Ind.), No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 18 Marian (Ind.) and Saint Francis. Overall, 12 of the 14 conferences and independents are represented this week.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 1999 – 2000) No. 24 Daemen (N.Y.) is in its highest position since ranked 18th on Dec. 14, 2009… There have been three teams this year to own the No. 1 ranking: Northwood (Fla.), Oregon Tech and Indiana Wesleyan… There were 12 teams to be ranked in all 13 polls this year (including preseason and postseason)… There have been 46 different teams to be ranked at least once this season… No. 7 Northwest (Wash.) was the last undefeated team to lose this year, with that setback coming on Jan. 6, 2012 after the Eagles started 14-0… Oregon Tech has spent 21-straight polls ranked in the top 10, dating back to Jan. 10, 2011… Embry-Riddle (Fla.) owns the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 with 17; Oregon Tech is next with 15, followed by Oklahoma Wesleyan and former NAIA member Walsh (Ohio) at 12 mentions each; Northwood is right behind with 10 listings… Oregon Tech is listed with the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 88-straight weeks – the last time the Hustlin’ Owls were not ranked was on Jan. 11, 2005… In second place is Northwood with 53-consecutive mentions and right behind is Davenport (Mich.) with 37-straight.

RANK PVS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Oregon Tech (13) 34-4 343
2 1 Northwood (Fla.) 34-4 332
3 3 Davenport (Mich.) 32-5 321
4 5 McPherson (Kan.) 33-4 310
5 4 Dordt (Iowa) 30-5 298
6 6 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 30-6 288
7 8 Northwest (Wash.) 29-5 278
8 7 Bellevue (Neb.) 28-6 260
9 10 Northwestern (Iowa) 26-7 255
10 12 St. Thomas (Fla.) 23-9 235
11 9 Jamestown (N.D.) 25-7 226
12 11 Grace (Ind.) 24-8 219
13 14 Indiana Southeast 26-8 212
14 16 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 24-9 209
15 17 Warner (Fla.) 24-11 188
16 13 Indiana Wesleyan 21-12 185
17 15 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 25-9 161
18 19 Marian (Ind.) 20-11 159
19 23 Saint Francis (Ind.) 21-13 141
20 22 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 22-11 136
21 18 Indiana Tech 23-8 131
22 21 Saint Mary (Kan.) 25-6 101
23 20 Indiana East 24-8 95
24 NR Daemen (N.Y.) 20-11 80
25 25 Cornerstone (Mich.) 19-13 75

Others receiving votes: Eastern Oregon 68; Tennessee Wesleyan 66; Cal Maritime 43; Valley City State (N.D.) 34; William Penn (Iowa) 19; Dakota State (S.D.) 11; Lourdes (Ohio) 5; Ashford (Iowa) 4; Reinhardt (Ga.) 1; Southeastern (Fla.) 1.