By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in NAIA history, LSU Alexandria (La.) takes over the No. 1 ranking in the sixth edition of the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The next regular-season installment will be released on Feb. 9.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• With five first-place votes and 245 total points, LSU Alexandria (La.) boasts is first No. 1 position in school history. The previous high was No. 2 during the last two polls.
• The Generals are competing in their second season of varsity status. Under the leadership of head coach Larry Cordaro, LSU Alexandria has gone 42-6 since becoming a varsity program.
• Out of a possible 20 polls since the 2014-15 season, LSU Alexandria has been ranked in the last 17 editions. The team has been in the top 10 in all seven rankings this year.
• With a 19-2 mark this season, the Generals own Division I’s longest win streak at 12-straight games. Their latest victim was then-No. 22 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) on Jan. 30. LSU Alexandria has not lost since Dec. 3, 2015.
• Moving up three positions, No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) captured four first-place votes.
• No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) posted 233 points for its sixth-straight top-five mention.
• Last week’s No. 1, Pikeville (Ky.) recorded the remaining first-place vote to stand No. 4 this time.
• Falling down two spots, No. 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) rounds out the top five.
• This week’s rookies – No. 24 William Jessup (Calif.) and No. 25 Oklahoma City – are ranked for the first time this year. This week marks the first ranking overall for William Jessup as members of NAIA Division I. The Stars checked into the Top 25 for the final six polls during the 2014-15 season.
• Through seven polls (including Preseason), there now have been 45 different teams ranked this season.
• Ten programs have held a Top 25 ranking in all seven polls.
• Pikeville now leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 45-straight mentions. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (39-straight) and is followed by Talladega (32-straight), Arizona Christian (25-straight) and Hope International (Calif.) (23-straight).
• By falling out of the Top 25 in the Jan. 26th edition, Xavier (La.) snapped the longest active streak of 55-straight mentions.
• Four programs have held the No. 1 distinction this year – Pikeville (four times), LSU Alexandria (La.), Dalton State (Ga.) (one time) and Georgetown (one time).
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least one ranked program in the Top 25.
• The Golden State Athletic Conference landed the most Top 25 teams with five: No. 8 Hope International (Calif.), No. 10 Biola (Calif.), No. 16 Westmont (Calif.), No. 22 Arizona Christian and No. 24 William Jessup.
• Five other leagues boast three ranked programs each.
• 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 – Feb. 2 (No. 6)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015-16 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||LSU Alexandria (5)||19-2||245|
|2||5||Georgetown (Ky.) (4)||19-2||243|
|4||1||Pikeville (Ky.) (1)||19-2||230|
|5||3||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||20-2||220|
|7||6||William Penn (Iowa)||18-4||199|
|8||T7||Hope International (Calif.)||18-4||195|
|12||T7||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||17-5||159|
|17||21||Peru State (Neb.)||14-7||124|
|18||19||William Carey (Miss.)||14-8||119|
|20||23||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||16-6||95|
|23||22||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||12-6||70|
|24||RV||William Jessup (Calif.)||15-6||60|
Dropped from rankings: No. 20 SAGU (Texas); No. 25 (tie) Montana Western; No. 25 (tie) William Woods (Mo.).
Others Receiving Votes: Montana Western 40; Voorhees (S.C.) 33; Cumberlands (Ky.) 29; William Woods (Mo.) 26; Middle Georgia State 24; Avila (Mo.) 11; Bethel (Tenn.) 9; Science & Arts (Okla.) 6; Xavier (La.) 6.