By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — LSU Alexandria (La.) locks in the No. 1 position for the fifth-straight week in the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Generals enter their conference tournament claiming the NAIA’s longest win streak at 20-consecutive victories. The final regular-season edition of the Top 25 will be released on March 9 at 6 p.m. CST. To track all conference tournament scores and brackets, click HERE.
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):
• The unanimous selection with all nine first-place votes, LSU Alexandria (La.) posted 219 total points. The Generals are 27-2 and enter their conference postseason on a NAIA-best 20-game win streak.
• LSU Alexandria has not lost since Dec. 3, 2015. During their current win streak, the Generals have won by at least 10 points in 12 of those games. LSU Alexandria is the No. 1 seed in the Red River Athletic Conference tournament scheduled to run March 3 - 5.
• LSU Alexandria becomes one of 10 programs since 2000 to hold the No. 1 ranking for at least five weeks.
• For the fifth-consecutive week, Georgetown (Ky.) remains in the second position with 212 points. The Tigers have been in the top-five in all 10 regular-season installments.
• Buoyed by a win over then-No. 5 Hope International (Calif.) on Feb. 26 in the NAIA Game of the Week, Biola (Calif.) improves five spots to No. 3.
• No. 4 Talladega (Ala.) falls down one position from last week.
• Fifth-ranked Pikeville (Ky.), with 195 points, is back in the top-five for the 10th time this year (out of 11 polls).
• While Biola marked the best improvement within the poll (five spots), No. 8 Texas Wesleyan slid down the farthest with a five-position fall.
• Through 11 polls (including Preseason), there now have been 47 different teams ranked this season.
• Nine programs have held a Top 25 ranking in all 10 polls.
• There are no newcomers this week.
• Pikeville now leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 49-straight mentions. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (43-straight) and is followed by Talladega (36-straight), Arizona Christian (29-straight), and Hope International (Calif.) (27-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 –LSU Alexandria (five times), Pikeville (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 23 total polls since the 2014-15 season, LSU Alexandria has been ranked in the last 21-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 four: No.3 Biola, No. 7 Hope International (Calif.), No. 15 Arizona Christian and No. 24 William Jessup (Calif.).
• Five other conferences claim three ranked programs.
• 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 – March 1 (No. 10)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015-16 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||LSU Alexandria (9)||27-2||219|
|6||6||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||26-4||182|
|7||5||Hope International (Calif.)||25-5||177|
|10||11||William Penn (Iowa)||24-6||152|
|T11||10||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||23-7||148|
|14||14||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||22-8||122|
|16||18||Peru State (Neb.)||21-9||109|
|17||19||William Carey (Miss.)||20-10||107|
|18||T15||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||19-7||102|
|24||T22||William Jessup (Calif.)||18-9||57|
Dropped from rankings: No. 24 Westmont (Calif.).
Others Receiving Votes: Westmont (Calif.) 35; LSU Shreveport (La.) 33; Campbellsville (Ky.) 30; Xavier (La.) 22; SAGU (Texas) 21; Dalton State (Ga.) 17.