By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the fourth-straight time, LSU Alexandria (La.) retains the No. 1 position in the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Generals own the NAIA’s longest win streak at 18-consecutive victories. The 10th edition of the regular-season Top 25 will be released on March 1.
Official qualifiers and bracket for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship will be announced via live video selection show at 6 p.m. CST on March 9.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• For the first time in history, LSU Alexandria (La.) claimed all first-place votes (nine) en route to the No. 1 ranking.
• The Generals tallied 219 total points.
• Behind a 25-2 record, LSU Alexandria holds the best win percentage in the NAIA (.926).
• The Generals own the NAIA’s longest win streak at 18-straight games. LSU Alexandria has not lost since Dec. 3, 2015. The team closes out the regular season with home contests against LSU Shreveport (La.) on Tuesday and Paul Quinn (Texas) on Saturday. LSU Alexandria has already wrapped up at least a share of the Red River Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
• No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) holds steady for the fourth-straight week with 211 points. The Tigers have been in the top-five in all nine regular-season installments.
• Two teams are tied in the No. 3 spot: Talladega (Ala.) and Texas Wesleyan. The duo improved two positions from last week. Talladega ties its highest position of the year and the Rams enjoy their best spot this season.
• Sliding up one spot, No. 5 Hope International (Calif.) captured 194 points.
• Both newcomers this week – No. 22 (tie) Montana Western and No. 25 (tie) Dillard (La.) – enjoyed a ranking earlier in the year.
• One week removed from its first-ever ranking in school history, Middle Georgia State drops out after three-straight losses.
• No. 8 Biola (Calif.) has recorded the most wins in the NAIA with a 26-3 mark.
• Ranked in the top 10 for the first time this year, No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) improved six positions for the best positive movement. The Pioneers have won 13-straight with its last setback coming Jan. 9.
• No. 21 Carroll (Mont.) suffered the worst fall, down six spots this week.
• Through 10 polls (including Preseason), there now have been 47 different teams ranked this season.
• Ten programs have held a Top 25 ranking in all 10 polls.
• Pikeville now leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 48-straight mentions. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (42-straight) and is followed by Talladega (35-straight), Arizona Christian (28-straight), and Hope International (Calif.) (26-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 (four times), Dalton State (Ga.) (one time) and Georgetown (one time).
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least one ranked program in the Top 25.
• Out of a possible 22 total polls since the 2014-15 season, LSU Alexandria has been ranked in the last 20-consecutive editions. The team has been in the top 10 in all 10 rankings this year.
• The Golden State Athletic Conference landed the most Top 25 teams with five: No. 5 Hope International, No. 8 Biola, No. 15 (tie) Arizona Christian, No. 22 William Jessup (Calif.) and No. 24 Westmont (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 – Feb. 23 (No. 9)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015-16 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||LSU Alexandria (9)||25-2||219|
|5||6||Hope International (Calif.)||24-4||194|
|6||3||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||25-3||190|
|10||16||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||22-6||155|
|11||10||William Penn (Iowa)||22-6||145|
|14||13||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||21-7||130|
|T15||T19||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||17-6||108|
|18||18||Peru State (Neb.)||19-9||100|
|19||14||William Carey (Miss.)||18-10||92|
|T22||22||William Jessup (Calif.)||18-8||67|
Dropped from rankings: No. 24 Middle Georgia State
Others Receiving Votes: Campbellsville (Ky.) 31; LSU Shreveport (La.) 26; Bethel (Tenn.) 26; SAGU (Texas) 19; Xavier (La.) 17; Dalton State (Ga.) 10; Voorhees (S.C.) 6.