By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With eight first-place votes, Oklahoma Baptist holds as the No. 1 team in the second regular-season edition of the 2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The defending national runner-up collected 279 total points to be the top program for the second-straight week. The Bison are 10-1 on the season, with the only loss coming at the hands of then-No. 20 Cal State San Marcos on Nov. 30.
No. 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) remains in the same position as last week with 274 points. The Patriots garner three first-place votes, two more than the last poll, to inch closer to the No. 1 ranking. The perfect 12-0 record puts Cumberlands in a tie with five other teams for the most wins in NAIA Division I.
No. 3 Lee (Tenn.) and fourth-ranked Pikeville (Ky.) also check in with the same ranking as the Dec. 4 edition. The Flames posted 263 points as they have started the season at 11-0. Pikeville is right behind with 250 points as the Bears have the second-highest scoring offense in the NAIA (98.0 ppg).
No. 5 Westmont (Calif.) recorded 242 points to round out the top five. The Warriors face a tough stretch with a battle against John Brown (Ark.), who is receiving votes this week, on Dec. 18 and then No. 15 Cal State San Marcos on Dec. 19.
No. 17 Bethel (Tenn.) made the best improvement within the poll with a seven-spot leap. The Wildcats are 12-1 overall and rank in the top-10 nationally in 11 statistical categories. Tumbling six spots to No. 15, Cal State San Marcos falls the farthest of teams within the poll.
Life (Ga.) (No. 18), SAGU (Texas) (No. 20) and John Brown (No. 25) all dropped out of the Top 25.
The Mid-South Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each place the most ranked teams of any conference or unaffiliated group with four. The Frontier Conference and Southern States Athletic Conference each boast a triplet of teams. Overall, all 11 conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented this week.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The third regular-season Top 25 will be announced on Jan. 8. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 - 01 season) There have been 35 teams represented through three polls this season (includes Preseason Top 25)... With a No. 17 ranking, Bethel (Tenn.) is listed in its highest position since polls were recorded weekly dating back to 2000 - 01... No. 24 Texas College is ranked for the first time in school history... No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist now has been on top of the polls six times overall, with five coming since the 2011 - 12 season... No. 12 Texas Wesleyan holds the active streak of being ranked consecutively with 58-straight polls and Oklahoma Baptist is next at 53... Robert Morris (Ill.) leads the NAIA with 24 No. 1 rankings since 2000, while Concordia (Calif.) is next with 12 and Georgetown (Ky.) follows with 11 top mentions ... Robert Morris is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 - 07 season... By falling out of the Top 25 in the Dec. 4 edition, Georgetown had its consecutive streak of being ranked stopped at 78-straight, which was the longest active stretch.
2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Dec. 11)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL||2012 – 13 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (8)||10-1||279|
|2||2||Cumberlands (Ky.) (3)||12-0||274|
|8||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||12-1||219|
|9||4||Rogers State (Okla.)||10-2||215|
|10||15||William Carey (Miss.)||9-1||183|
|11||10||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||12-0||181|
|13||12||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||10-2||174|
|14||14||Science & Arts (Okla.)||7-1||162|
|15||9||Cal State San Marcos||8-4||160|
|25||21||Southern-New Orleans (La.)||4-1||79|
Others receiving votes: John Brown (Ark.) 68; Biola (Calif.) 37; SAGU (Texas) 29; Georgetown (Ky.) 25; Loyola (La.) 11; Montana Western 10; Mid-Continent (Ky.) 5; Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 5; Wiley (Texas) 4.