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Top 25 Poll - No. 7

February 06, 2012
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By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information, cwaller@naia.org

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eleven upsets this past weekend in the Top 25 forced movement in the seventh regular-season edition of the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced Monday. After 22-straight victories, Shorter (Ga.) lost for the first time on the year and fell back to No. 2. Robert Morris (Ill.) took over the No. 1 position with seven first-place votes and 308 points. On a nine-game winning streak, the Eagles own the top spot for the second time this season and the first since Dec. 5, 2011.

Due to all the upsets, only five teams kept their ranking from last week. One of those surprises was the last undefeated team, Shorter, falling to unranked Point (Ga.), 73-72, in overtime on Feb. 2. The Hawks grabbed five first-place votes and 305 points.

No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist moved up one slot after Southern Poly (Ga.), ranked fourth, lost a 65-63 decision to Emmanuel (Ga.) on Jan. 30. The Bison posted 293 points, compared to Southern Poly’s 271. Despite an 83-74 setback to LSU Shreveport (La.) on Jan. 30, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) remains at No. 5 with 269 points.

No. 9 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 15 John Brown (Ark.) shake up the top portion of the poll. Sprinting to a 17-4 record, the Warriors have won four of their last five games and stand in sole possession of first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference. John Brown is riding a six-game winning streak with two of those victories coming against top-15 foes.

All ranked programs from last week found a home in the seventh installment. One newcomer, No. 18 LSU Shreveport, hopped in because there was an additional slot with the tie at No. 25 between The Master’s (Calif.) and Xavier (La.). The Pilots earn a spot for the first time since a No. 6 position in the preseason Top 25.

All 12 of the conferences and unaffiliated groups are represented this week The Golden State Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference both list a week-high of four programs apiece. The Mid-South Conference, Red River Athletic Conference and and Southern States Athletic Conference each landed a trio 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. 13.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 – 01 season) Through eight polls (including preseason) this year, there have been five different teams to boast the No. 1 ranking (Concordia (Calif.), Oklahoma Baptist, Pikeville (Ky.), Robert Morris (Ill.) and Shorter (Ga.))… No. 19 Tougaloo (Miss.) is riding a nine-game winning streak, which is tied with Robert Morris for the longest active Division I streak… There have been 25 different teams to be ranked the top team and the 16 teams with multiple No. 1 rankings… No. 2 Shorter leads the NAIA with 23 wins… 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. 10 Mountain State (W.Va.) boasts the longest active stretch of consecutive rankings with 141-straight weeks; No. 8 Georgetown (Ky.) is next with 73, followed by No. 13 Texas Wesleyan at 50 and No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist at 45… 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 24 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 2 Robert Morris (Ill.) (7) 22-1 308
2 1 Shorter (Ga.) (5) 23-1 305
3 4 Oklahoma Baptist 20-3 293
4 3 Southern Poly (Ga.) 18-4 271
5 5 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 18-4 269
6 6 Rogers State (Okla.) 18-4 264
7 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 18-5 241
8 12 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-5 240
9 22 Westmont (Calif.) 17-4 237
10 11 Mountain State (W.Va.) 19-6 220
11 7 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 19-5 219
12 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 15-7 179
13 10 Montana State-Northern 20-4 176
13 14 Texas Wesleyan 17-4 176
15 23 John Brown (Ark.) 19-5 175
16 16 Concordia (Calif.) 18-5 170
17 17 Lee (Tenn.) 16-5 159
18 RV LSU Shreveport (La.) 16-6 143
19 21 Tougaloo (Miss.) 17-5 126
20 24 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 17-7 112
21 18 Columbia (Mo.) 19-6 106
22 20 Pikeville (Ky.) 15-8 97
23 15 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 17-7 96
24 19 Montana Western 18-7 75
25 13 The Master's (Calif.) 16-7 70
25 25 Xavier (La.) 17-6 70
 

Others receiving votes: Saint Xavier (Ill.) 46; Evangel (Mo.) 28; Union (Tenn.) 23; Cal State San Marcos 22; Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 15; Oklahoma Christian 8; Cumberlands (Ky.) 7; Westminster (Utah) 7; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; St. Thomas (Texas) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 1; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 1; Cumberland (Tenn.) 1; Biola (Calif.) 1; Voorhees (S.C.) 1; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.