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Indiana Wesleyan - Quarterfinals 2

2018-2019 NAIA DII Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll

By Pete Scantlebury, NAIA Manager of Athletic Communications

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After winning its third title in five years, Indiana Wesleyan begins the 2018 season as the No. 1 team in the 2018 NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Wildcats received 11 of the 12 first-place votes in the initial ballots.

 

Top 25 Highlights

  • Indiana Wesleyan returns 78-percent of the team’s scoring from its national-championship season in 2017-2018. That includes sophomore guard Kyle Mangas who was a first-team NAIA All-American and the NAIA National Championship MVP as a freshman.
  • Indiana East, the No. 2 team in the preseason Top 25 Poll, picked up the final first-place vote. The Red Wolves finished 30-3 a year ago, but lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Indiana Wesleyan.
  • The newcomers to the preseason poll, based on the final regular-season poll of 2017-2018, are No. 15 Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), No. 19 Warner (Fla.), No. 21 Trinity International (Ill.) and No. 22 Southern Oregon.
  • No. 23 Bethel (Ind.) has the most active appearances at No. 1 with 35. Behind Bethel are No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan with 22, Cornerstone (Mich.) at 19 and Oregon Tech at 15.
  • Indiana Wesleyan holds the longest active streak in the poll with 75-straight appearances. Bethel is next with 65. Following those two teams are Saint Francis (Ind.) with 56 and Cornerstone with 54.

 

Poll Methodology

  •  The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and 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 rating) 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 appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
  • The frequency of polls occurs bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

 

2018-2019 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Preseason (Oct. 23)

RANK LAST RANK* SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES) 2017-2018 RECORD POINTS
1 4 Indiana Wesleyan (11) 31-7 312
2 1 Indiana East (Ind.) (1) 34-3 294
3 3 College of Idaho 30-7 292
4 5 Morningside (Iowa) 28-7 280
5 6 Indiana Tech 27-7 272
6 16 Oklahoma Wesleyan 26-9 259
7 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) 30-5 243
8 24 Marian (Ind.) 22-12 240
9 9 Union (Ky.) 23-8 237
10 11 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 26-8 229
11 21 Southeastern (Fla.) 21-10 202
12 21 Oregon Tech 22-11 201
13 25 WVU Tech 20-12 181
14 23 Bellevue (Neb.) 21-12 166
15 RV Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 18-14 165
16 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) 29-9 164
17 20 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 23-11 139
18 13 Southwestern (Kan.) 27-8 137
19 NR Warner (Fla.) 20-16 131
20 15 Indiana Southeast (Ind.) 24-9 113
21 RV Trinity International (Ill.) 21-11 112
22 RV Southern Oregon 20-12 111
23 18 Bethel (Ind.) 22-10 81
23 12 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 24-10 81
25 8 St. Thomas (Fla.) 23-8 55

* Last rank in the final regular-season poll of 2017-2018. Beginning last year, there is no longer a postseason poll.

Others receiving votes: Roosevelt (Ill.) 34, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 33, Milligan (Tenn.) 33, Rochester (Mich.) 31, Keiser (Fla.) 22, Voorhees (S.C.) 17, Friends (Kan.) 13, Mayville State (N.D.) 11, Doane (Neb.) 9

Championship Information

NAIA DII Men's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DII (M)