By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One week after winning its first ever NAIA National Championship, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) earns its inaugural No. 1 position in the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office. The No. 4 seed out of the Liston Bracket, the Evangels defeated Georgetown (Ky.) by a 100-99 count in overtime on March 22.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Mid-America Christian (Okla.) collected all nine first-place votes and 219 total points. The Evangels entered the national championship ranked No. 14 in the final regular-season edition. They got as high as seventh in the Top 25 (Jan. 26) during the course of the season.
• The Evangels become the 37th different program, since 2000, to hold the No. 1 distinction.
• At the national championship, Mid-America Christian won five games by an average margin of 3.8 points. Head coach Josh Gamblin led his program to a 28-9 overall record.
• The team finished sixth in the NAIA in scoring offense (90.0) and 3-pointer’s made (326). That 3-point output smashed a school record by more than 20 set last year.
• National runner-up Georgetown (Ky.) checks in with the No. 2 ranking with 212 points. The Tigers held a top-two ranking in 10-of-13 polls this year.
• Georgetown finished second at the national championship for the fourth time in school history.
• With 32 wins, the Tigers own the most victories in NAIA Division I. No. 5 Biola (Calif.) is next with 30 wins.
• LSU Alexandria (La.), which locked down the top ranking for five-straight weeks, finished up with a No. 3 position.
• Fab Four participant MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) owns the No. 4 spot. The Pioneers fell in the semifinals, 90-83, to Georgetown.
• Through 13 polls (including Preseason), there were 47 different teams ranked in the Top 25.
• Nine programs have held a Top 25 ranking in all 13 polls this year.
• Newcomers No. 20 Dillard (La.) and No. 23 William Jessup (Calif.) were last ranked on March 1, 2016.
• Pikeville (Ky.) leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 51-straight mentions, which dates back to the start of the 2012-13 season. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (45-straight) and is followed by Talladega (Ala.) (38-straight), Arizona Christian (31-straight), and Hope International (Calif.) (29-straight).
• Five programs held the No. 1 distinction this year – LSU Alexandria (five times), Pikeville (four times), Georgetown (two times), Mid-America Christian (one time) and Dalton State (Ga.) (one time).
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least one ranked program in the Top 25.
• The Golden State Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference landed the most with four Top 25 teams.
• Out of a possible 25 total polls since the 2014-15 season, LSU Alexandria has been ranked in the last 23-consecutive editions. The team has been in the top 10 in all 13 rankings this year.
• 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 14, 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’ Postseason Top 25 Poll – March 30
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015-16 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||14||Mid-America Christian (Okla.) (9)||28-9||219|
|4||12||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||28-9||194|
|6||9||William Penn (Iowa)||29-7||176|
|12||4||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||29-5||146|
|13||18||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||22-9||145|
|14||8||Hope International (Calif.)||26-7||134|
|21||15||Peru State (Neb.)||22-10||75|
|22||17||William Carey (Miss.)||20-12||74|
|23||NR||William Jessup (Calif.)||19-11||62|
Dropped from rankings: No. 24 Oklahoma City; No. 25 Westmont (Calif.).
Others Receiving Votes: Xavier (La.) 43; Oklahoma City 40; Westmont (Calif.) 30; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 28 LSU Shreveport (La.) 17; SAGU (Texas) 8; Dalton State (Ga.) 7.
^ Rating from March 9, 2016 (Final Regular-Season edition)