By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the first time all season, the top five teams hold their positions in the 2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. No. 1 Columbia (Mo.) again leads the bunch for the fifth-straight week in the eighth-regular season edition of the Top 25. With all 11 first-place votes and 281 points, the Cougars are the only undefeated team across NAIA Men's and Women's Division I and II basketball at 25-0.
No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) brings in 319 points to hold for the fourth-straight week. Leading the Mid-South Conference standings, No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) recorded 306 points. No. 4 John Brown (Ark.) checks in with 293 points and fifth-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) posted 284 points.
No. 23 (tie) Culver-Stockton (Mo.) and No. 25 Arizona Christian reappear in the Top 25 for the second time this year. The Wildcats have won six games in-a-row to vault within one game of the Heart of America Athletic Conference top spot. Culver-Stockton was last ranked 24th on Jan. 8. Arizona Christian improved to 16-6 overall with a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference victories last week. The Firestorm held a Top 25 position on Jan. 29.
Rogers State (Okla.) (No. 20) and Philander Smith (Ark.) (No. 24) are replaced this week. Rogers State had its 24-straight week in the polls snapped, which marked the second-longest active streak.
No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.) is the big mover this week, creeping up nine spots. The Tigers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, have put themselves No. 2 in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) standings. Fellow MSC member Pikeville (Ky.) falls all the way down 10 spots to 17th. The Bears have gone 2-4 in their last six games.
The Southern States Athletic Conference leads all conferences or unaffiliated groups with four Top 25 programs. The Frontier Conference, Mid-South Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each landed a trio of ranked programs. 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 ninth regular-season Top 25 will be announced on Feb. 19. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 - 01 season) There have been 43 different teams represented through nine polls this season (includes Preseason Top 25)... Columbia (Mo.) is the fourth different No. 1 team this year, joining Concordia (Calif.), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Oklahoma Baptist... Columbia is No. 1 for the fifth-straight week, which marks the longest stretch since Robert Morris (Ill.) went seven-consecutive weeks during 2010 - 11 season... Oklahoma Baptist leads the active group of being ranked with 59-straight mentions (which dates back to March 5, 2008), followed by Montana State-Northern at 24... Since the 2000 - 01 season, there have been 25 different teams to hold the No. 1 ranking, with seven of those program having five-or-more listings on top of the charts...Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads this group with 48 No. 1 rankings, followed by Robert Morris with 24, Concordia (Calif.) is next with 12, Georgetown (Ky.) is at 10 and Rogers State is at seven... 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, 2012 edition, Georgetown had its consecutive streak of being ranked stopped at 78-straight, which was the longest active stretch at the time.
2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 8
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 – 13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Columbia (Mo.) (11)||25-0||281|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||23-2||262|
|4||4||John Brown (Ark.)||22-4||251|
|5||5||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||22-3||244|
|7||8||Cal State San Marcos||20-4||227|
|19||19||William Carey (Miss.)||20-4||124|
|20||21||LSU Shreveport (La.)||18-4||105|
|21||15||Hope International (Calif.)||21-5||104|
|22||22||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||19-7||77|
|T23||25||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||13-8||69|
Others receiving votes: Philander Smith (Ark.) 50; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 50; Montana Western 44; Rogers State (Okla.) 43; Concordia (Calif.) 23; Shawnee State (Ohio) 14; St. Thomas (Texas) 6; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 6; Campbellsville (Ky.) 3.