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Top 25 Poll - No. 6

January 30, 2012
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By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information, cwaller@naia.org

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three wins last week secured Shorter (Ga.)'s hold at No. 1 in the sixth regular-season edition of the 2011 - 12 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced Monday. The Hawks captured 312 total points and all 12 first-place votes for the second-straight week. Since earning the No. 1 ranking three weeks ago, Shorter has won four games by an average of over 20 points. The Hawks latest victim was not a blowout as they handed then-No. 17 Lee (Tenn.) an 80-77 overtime loss at home.

For the third-consecutive poll, Robert Morris (Ill.) checks in at No. 2 with 302 total points. The Eagles own an eight-game winning streak after taking two Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference games over the weekend. No. 3 Southern Poly (Ga.) boasts its highest ranking of the year as it posted 287 points.

With a loss to unranked John Brown (Ark.) on Jan. 28, Oklahoma Baptist fell one spot to No. 4 with 182 points. Fifth-ranked Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) keeps moving up the poll. With 277 points and landing in their best position on the year, the Saints trail only Shorter's 21-game winning streak with 15-straight contests for the second-longest active mark.

Sprinting up nine spots, No. 7 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is the biggest mover up the poll this week. The Cougars have won four in-a-row to break into a tie for the Golden State Athletic Conference lead at 7-3. The impressive statistic during their current streak is a 12.0 margin of victory.

No. 23 John Brown replaced Union (Tenn.) (No. 25) this week in the poll. The Eagles were last ranked on Dec. 20 with a 20th position. They improved to 17-5 on the year with a 78-71 upset of then-No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist on Jan. 28.

All 12 of the conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented this week, led by the four schools out of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Azusa Pacific, No. 13 The Master's (Calif.), No. 16 Concordia (Calif.) and No. 22 Westmont (Calif.) all compete in the GSAC. The Mid-South Conference, Sooner Athletic Conference and Southern States Athletic Conference each landed a triplet of ranked teams.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The next Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 6.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 - 01 season) Shorter (Ga.) is the 25th different team to be ranked the top team and the 16th team with multiple No. 1 rankings... Landing at No. 8 for the second-straight week, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is in the top 10 for just the third time since the 2007 - 08 season... No. 10 Montana State-Northern cracks the top 10 for the first time since the 2004 - 05 campaign... Shorter and No. 2 Robert Morris (Ill.) are tops in the NAIA with 21 wins... After starting the year 8-5, defending national champion and No. 20 Pikeville (Ky.) has gone 6-2 in its last eight games... Shorter had never been ranked inside the top 10 prior to this year... There have been 39 different teams to be ranked at some point this season... No. 11 Mountain State (W.Va.) boasts the longest active stretch of consecutive rankings with 140-straight weeks; No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) is next with 72, followed by No. 14 Texas Wesleyan at 49 and No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist at 44... Mountain State has the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 - the Cougars have been No. 1 a total of 48 times since 2000, which marks the highest total of any program in that span... Robert Morris is second with 23 No. 1s and Concordia (Calif.) and Georgetown have sported 10 top mentions ... Robert Morris is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 - 07 season.


RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 – 12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Shorter (Ga.) (12) 21-0 312
2 2 Robert Morris (Ill.) 21-1 302
3 5 Southern Poly (Ga.) 17-3 287
4 3 Oklahoma Baptist 18-3 282
5 7 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 17-3 277
6 6 Rogers State (Okla.) 16-4 249
7 16 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 18-4 247
8 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 15-6 235
9 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 16-5 228
10 13 Montana State-Northern 20-3 214
11 15 Mountain State (W.Va.) 16-6 211
12 5 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-5 205
13 10 The Master's (Calif.) 15-6 202
14 11 Texas Wesleyan 15-4 185
15 14 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 17-5 178
16 18 Concordia (Calif.) 17-4 156
17 17 Lee (Tenn.) 14-5 136
18 21 Columbia (Mo.) 18-5 125
19 20 Montana Western 18-5 120
20 23 Pikeville (Ky.) 14-7 119
21 24 Tougaloo (Miss.) 15-5 110
22 12 Westmont (Calif.) 15-4 100
23 RV John Brown (Ark.) 17-5 97
24 22 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 16-7 91
25 19 Xavier (La.) 15-6 67
 

Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 53; Union (Tenn.) 46; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 37; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 22; St. Catharine (Ky.) 20; Oklahoma Christian 12; Westminster (Utah) 11; Voorhees (S.C.) 9; Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 8; Campbellsville (Ky.) 4; Cal State San Marcos 3; Evangel (Mo.) 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; Avila (Mo.) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1.