By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dalton State (Ga.) earns its second-ever No. 1 ranking in the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The first regular-season edition will be released on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Defending national champion Dalton State (Ga.) lands at No. 1 with nine of a possible 10 first-place nods. The Roadrunners captured 250 total points. This is the second-straight No. 1 position for Dalton State.
• With a 32-4 record, Dalton State completed it’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship by winning the red banner. The Roadrunners defeated Westmont (Calif.) by a 71-53 count in Kansas City, Mo.
• Dalton State tips off the year Friday at the Lou Cunningham Classic in Campbellsville, Ky. The Roadrunners take on Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) before a showdown with host school and 18th-ranked Campbellsville on Saturday.
• No. 2 Pikeville (Ky.), who improved four positions from the 2014-15 Postseason Top 25, landed the remaining first-place vote and 238 points. The Bears exited in the 2015 quarterfinal round with a 27-5 mark.
• Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked with 51-straight mentions, followed by Pikeville at 39.
• National runner-up Westmont begins the year in the No. 17 position.
• There are five newcomers to the list: No. 14 (tie) LSU Shreveport (La.), No. 14 (tie) William Carey (Miss.), No. 20 Philander Smith (Ark.), No. 24 SAGU (Texas) and No. 25 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).
• There were 42 different teams ranked during the 2014-15 season, with 12 of those programs being ranked in all 12 polls (including Preseason).
• Last season, six teams held the No. 1 distinction – Dalton State, Vanguard (Calif.), former member Cal State San Marcos, Talladega (Ala.), Campbellsville and Hope International (Calif.).
• There have been 35 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position. 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. Former member Concordia (Calif.) and Georgetown (Ky.) are next with 12, Cal State San Marcos at 11 and Columbia (Mo.) at nine 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.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2015 – 16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll – Oct. 27
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014-15 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Dalton State (Ga.) (9)||32-4||250|
|2||6||Pikeville (Ky.) (1)||27-5||238|
|7||4||Hope International (Calif.)||32-3||197|
|10||10||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||25-11||179|
|11||7||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||30-5||163|
|12||13||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||27-6||159|
|13||23||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||25-8||132|
|T14||RV||LSU Shreveport (La.)||21-11||129|
|T14||NR||William Carey (Miss.)||20-11||129|
|20||RV||Philander Smith (Ark.)||20-10||107|
|21||NR||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||11-17||105|
|25||16||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||25-6||61|
Dropped from rankings: No. 5 Cal State San Marcos, No. 11 Concordia (Calif.), No. 20 Missouri Valley, No. 24 Oklahoma City, No. 25 Cumberlands (Ky.).
Others Receiving Votes: Cumberlands (Ky.) 59; Peru State (Neb.) 28; Faulkner (Ala.) 27; Vanguard (Calif.) 25; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 21; William Penn (Iowa) 12; Bethel (Tenn.) 10; Park (Mo.) 7; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 6; John Brown (Ark.) 5; Carroll (Mont.) 4; Oklahoma City 3; Langston (Okla.) 3.
^ indicates ranking from April 1, 2015 final poll