By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Campbellsville (Ky.) claims the No. 1 ranking for the first time this year in the second regular-season edition of the 2014 - 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Tigers replace Cal State San Marcos after winning 16-of-17 games to start the 2014-15 campaign. With 246 points and five first-place votes, Campbellsville earns its first top position since polls are archived back to the 1999-2000 season.
Undefeated Hope International (Calif.) (13-0) narrowly missed the top ranking by one point as the Royals collected 245 points and the other five first-place nods. Hope International, behind the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense (54.6 ppg), will take its perfect record to Biola (Calif.) on Saturday.
Falling back to No. 3, Cal State San Marcos finished with 233 total points. Since a loss to unranked Great Falls (Mont.) on Dec. 20, the Cougars have won three contests by an average margin of 29.3 points.
No. 4 Pikeville (Ky.) holds steady in the top-five for the 15th-consecutive week. With 226 points, the Tigers claim a 12-1 record on the year.
Talladega jumps up one spot to No. 5 with 210 points. After a 5-3 start, the Tornadoes have rattled off 10-straight wins.
No. 13 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) makes a splash with a seven-spot improvement. The Saints own a current seven-game win streak, which includes victories over then-No. 12 LSU Shreveport (La.) on Dec. 6 and a pair of wins over NCAA Division II Texas A&M at Kingsville.
Tumbling down 15 positions, No. 20 William Carey (Miss.) has lost three of its last five contests.
Behind the strength of 10-straight wins, No. 10 Montana Western is one of two newcomers in this edition. The Bulldogs stand 12-3 overall and are nationally ranked for the first time since Feb. 4, 2014 (No. 25). No. 22 Central Methodist (Mo.) is back in for the first time since Feb. 18, 2014 (No. 22).
Two members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference drop out this week: Evangel (Mo.) (No. 24) and Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (No. 25).
All 10 conferences and Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) are represented in this week's poll. With four ranked teams, the Sooner Athletic Conference claims the most out of any league: No. 8 Oklahoma Baptist, No. 12 Texas Wesleyan, No. 15 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and No. 25 SAGU (Texas). Five other conference landed three Top 25 teams.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated groups. The third regular-season Top 25 will be announced on Jan. 13. For more information on the polls, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 – 01 season) No. 12 Texas Wesleyan (12-0) joins No. 2 Hope International (Calif.) as the only undefeated teams in NAIA Division I ranks… In three Top 25 polls this year (including Preseason), there have been three different No. 1-ranked programs: Vanguard (Calif.), Cal State San Marcos and Campbellsville (Ky.)… The Mid-South Conference boasts two teams in the top-five: No. 1 Campbellsville and No. 4 Pikeville (Ky.)… Preseason No. 1-ranked Vanguard tumbled out of the rankings in the “receiving votes” category with 26 points this week… There have been 31 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position... Last year, there were seven different No. 1-ranked teams: Vanguard, Cal State San Marcos, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), SAGU (Texas), Pikeville, Georgetown (Ky.) and Columbia (Mo.)… There were 47 different teams ranked during the 2013-14 season... Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked with 40-straight mentions, followed by Cal State San Marcos and Pikeville at 28… Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads the all-time charts with 48 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by NAIA Division II member Robert Morris (Ill.) with 24... Concordia and Georgetown are next with 12, Columbia at nine mentions and Cal State San Marcos with eight No. 1 recognitions… Robert Morris, now a NAIA Division II member in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 – 07 season.
2014 – 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 6
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Campbellsville (Ky.) (5)||16-1||246|
|2||3||Hope International (Calif.) (5)||13-0||245|
|3||1||Cal State San Marcos||17-2||233|
|7||8||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||12-1||193|
|13||20||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||8-1||155|
|14||13||Dalton State (Ga.)||12-2||151|
|15||16||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||12-1||138|
|16||17||Philander Smith (Ark.)||10-3||134|
|18||13||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||11-3||110|
|20||5||William Carey (Miss.)||9-3||101|
|21||12||LSU Shreveport (La.)||9-3||84|
|22||NR||Central Methodist (Mo.)||9-3||83|
|23||21||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||14-2||71|
Others Receiving Votes: Columbia (Mo.) 43; Vanguard (Calif.) 26; Lyon (Ark.) 23; Life (Ga.) 20; Great Falls (Mont.) 12; WVU Tech 11; Evangel (Mo.) 9; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 7; Cumberlands (Ky.) 7; Langston (Okla.) 3.
^ Ranking in the 2014-15 Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Dec. 9, 2014)