By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second time this year, Pikeville (Ky.) owns the No. 1 position in the third edition of the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The fourth regular-season installment will be released on Jan. 19.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Improving one spot, Pikeville (Ky.) collected 217 points and six first-place votes for its fifth all-time No. 1 ranking. The Bears gathered the top spot in the Dec. 9 edition.
• Georgetown (Ky.) and Columbia (Mo.) both tied at the second position with 209 points.
• Columbia had two first-place votes compared to one going to Georgetown.
• No. 4 LSU Alexandria (La.) and No. 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) vaulted up two spots this week and enjoy the top-five for the first time during the regular season.
• Pikeville and Georgetown flipped positions last week after the Bears extended their current win streak to six games and Georgetown dropped a 91-71 affair to unranked Shawnee State (Ohio) on Jan. 7.
• In total, 23-of-25 teams all shifted at least one position or were newcomers. Only No. 14 Xavier (La.) and No. 18 SAGU (Texas) held their status from last week.
• There are no undefeated teams in the NAIA. Georgetown was the last team to lose its first game – the Tigers rattled off 14-straight wins to begin the year.
• No. 10 Biola (Calif.) has recorded the most victories in the NAIA thus far with a 17-1 record.
• Six programs entered the poll as newcomers: No. 15 Mid-America Christian (Okla.), No. 17 Mobile (Ala.), No. 20 Park (Mo.), No. 21 Campbellsville (Ky.); No. 23 Avila (Mo.) and No. 25 William Woods (Mo.).
• Three teams – Mobile, Park and William Woods – are ranked for the first time this year. The other trio of programs were last mentioned earlier this season.
• The Owls of William Woods record their first-ever Top 25 ranking in NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball. With a 12-6 record and holding second-place in the American Midwest Conference, William Woods most recently defeated then-No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) on Jan. 9.
• Mobile, behind four-straight wins including one over defending national champion Dalton State (Ga.) on Jan. 4, snaps one of the longest droughts as the Rams were last ranked previously on March 5, 2008 (No. 16).
• Park was last ranked on Oct. 29, 2013 at No. 21.
• Through four polls (including Preseason), there now have been 41 different teams ranked this season.
• No. 14 Xavier leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 54-straight mentions, followed by Pikeville at 42.
• Three programs have now held the No. 1 distinction this year – Dalton State (once), Pikeville (twice) and Georgetown (once).
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least two ranked programs in the Top 25.
• The American Midwest Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference landed the most Top 25 teams with four each.
• The Mid-South Conference boasts two, top-five programs in No. 1 Pikeville and No. 2 Georgetown. The Golden State Athletic Conference lands three clubs in the top 10: No. 7 Arizona Christian, No. 9 Hope International (Calif.) and No. 10 Biola (Calif.).
• There have been 35 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position. Former NAIA member Mountain State leads the all-time charts with 48 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by NAIA Division II member Robert Morris with 24. Georgetown is next with 13, former member Concordia (Calif.) at 12, former member Cal State San Marcos at 11 and Columbia 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’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 12 (No. 3)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015-16 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Pikeville (Ky.) (6)||16-1||217|
|2||1||Georgetown (Ky.) (1)||15-1||209|
|2||4||Columbia (Mo.) (2)||16-1||209|
|5||7||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||16-1||190|
|6||5||William Penn (Iowa)||13-2||184|
|9||11||Hope International (Calif.)||14-2||163|
|15||RV||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||12-3||121|
|22||8||Dalton State (Ga.)||12-4||73|
|24||17||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||11-4||60|
|25||RV||William Woods (Mo.)||12-6||43|
Dropped from rankings: No. 15 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); No. 22 Central Methodist (Mo.); No. 23 Montana State-Northern; No. 24 Vanguard (Calif.); No. 25 Tougaloo (Miss.).
Others Receiving Votes: Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 41; Central Methodist (Mo.) 38; Benedictine (Kan.) 17; Montana Western 13; Vanguard (Calif.) 12; Cumberlands (Ky.) 11; Middle Georgia State 10; Tougaloo (Miss.) 7; Wiley (Texas) 6.