By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pikeville (Ky.) retains the No. 1 ranking in the fourth edition of the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The fifth regular-season installment will be released on Jan. 26.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• For the second-straight week and third time overall this year, Pikeville (Ky.) holds the No. 1 spot. The Bears gathered all nine first-place votes and 219 total points.
• Improving two positions, No. 2 LSU Alexandria (La.) holds its highest ranking in school history.
• No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), also moving up two spots, ties its highest distinction in school history (was ranked No. 3 during 2012-13 campaign.)
• No. 4 Columbia (Mo.) and No. 5 Georgetown (Ky.) round out the top five.
• No. 10 (tie) Biola (Calif.), Lewis-Clark State and Pikeville are all tied in the NAIA with the most wins (18).
• 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. 22 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), No. 24 Peru State (Neb.) and No. 25 Montana Western all enter this week as rookies.
• Peru State, members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart), is mentioned in the Division I MBB Top 25 for the first time in school history. After starting the year 2-5, the Bobcats have won eight out of their last 10 contests.
• The other two newcomers were previously ranked in the Preseason Top 25.
• Through five polls (including Preseason), there now have been 42 different teams ranked this season.
• No. 21 Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 55-straight mentions, followed by Pikeville at 43.
• Three programs have held the No. 1 distinction this year – Dalton State (Ga.) (one time), Pikeville (three times) and Georgetown (one time).
• 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. 5 Georgetown. The Golden State Athletic Conference lands three clubs in the top 10: No. 7 Hope International (Calif.), No. 10 (tie) Arizona Christian and No. 10 (tie) Biola.
• 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. 19 (No. 4)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015-16 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Pikeville (Ky.) (9)||18-1||219|
|3||5||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||18-1||199|
|6||6||William Penn (Iowa)||16-2||189|
|7||9||Hope International (Calif.)||16-2||178|
|9||15||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||14-3||152|
|22||RV||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||9-4||78|
|23||22||Dalton State (Ga.)||12-5||63|
|24||RV||Peru State (Neb.)||11-7||53|
Dropped from rankings: No. 23 Avila (Mo.); No. 24 Wayland Baptist (Texas); No. 25 William Woods (Mo.).
Others Receiving Votes: William Woods (Mo.) 35; Graceland (Iowa) 34; Cumberlands (Ky.) 33; LSU Shreveport (La.) 14; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 13; Dillard (La.) 8; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 6; Science & Arts (Okla.) 4; Benedictine (Kan.) 3.