By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the third-straight time, Northwood (Fla.) claims the No. 1 position in the first regular season edition of the 2012 - 13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Seahawks were the unanimous decision and received 312 total points. On its early-season 4-0 start, Northwood has won by an average of more than 30 points.
Moving up three spots is No. 2 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) with 297 points. Checking in with the third ranking is Dordt (Iowa) with 286 points. No. 4 Eastern Oregon, who is tied for the most wins in Division II with a 12-0 mark, posted 283 points. No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan stands with 278 points.
Three teams improved at least seven spots compared to the Preseason Top 25: No. 7 William Penn (Iowa), No. 8 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 16 Southern Oregon. William Penn enjoyed the best jump with a 12-spot shift. Besides holding a 12-0 record, the Statesmen top the country in 10 different statistical categories, including first in scoring offense (107.7).
The newcomers listed are No. 14 Doane (Neb.), No. 18 Mount Mercy (Iowa), No. 20 Northwest (Wash.), No. 22 Central Christian (Kan.), No. 24 Madonna (Mich.) and No. 25 Point (Ga.).
Several schools dropped out of the Top 25 since the preseason poll: Oregon Tech (No. 2), Saint Mary (Kan.) (No. 12), Saint Xavier (Ill.) (No. 14), Tennessee Wesleyan (No. 17), McPherson (Kan.) (No. 18) and Indiana Tech (No. 25).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The second regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Dec. 4. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 1999 - 2000) Oregon Tech has its streak of 90-consecutive polls snapped (dating back to Jan. 11, 2005) as the Hustlin' Owls are in the "receiving votes" category... With the top ranking, No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) has now been either No. 1 or 2 in each of the last 21 polls dating back to the 2010 - 11 season... Embry-Riddle (Fla.) owns the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 with 17; Oregon Tech is next with 15, followed by Northwood, Oklahoma Wesleyan and former NAIA member Walsh (Ohio) at 12 mentions each... Northwood now holds the longest active streak of being ranked with 54-consecutive mentions and right behind is Davenport (Mich.) with 38-straight.
2012 - 13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - Rating No. 1
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 – 13 RECORD^||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Northwood (Fla.) (12)||4-0||312|
|2||5||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||7-0||297|
|7||19||William Penn (Iowa)||12-0||249|
|13||15||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||6-2||190|
|18||RV||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||7-1||142|
|19||24||Valley City State (N.D.)||5-2||138|
|21||21||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||5-2||94|
|22||RV||Central Christian (Kan.)||8-0||79|
Others receiving votes: St. Thomas (Fla.) 52; Oregon Tech 50; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 50; Saint Mary (Kan.) 22; Indiana Tech 19; Rochester (Mich.) 18; Cal Maritime 16; Saint Francis (Ind.) 15; York (Neb.) 12; Hastings (Neb.) 11; Dakota State (S.D.) 8; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7; Ave Maria (Fla.) 6; McPherson (Kan.) 5; Tennessee Wesleyan 4.
^ indicates the Oct. 23 Preseason Top 25 Poll