2014 - 15 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 3

2014 - 15 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 3

By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-straight week, Campbellsville (Ky.) lands in the No. 1 position in the third regular-season edition of the 2014 - 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Tigers, who own the NAIA’s second-longest active win streak at 11-straight wins, captured six first-place votes and 247 total points. After earning its first-ever top ranking in history last week, Campbellsville stands 17-1 on the year.

The Tigers, led by the nation’s No. 1 shot-blocker Damontre Harris (3.4 bpg), have not lost since a 63-54 setback to then-No. 4 Benedictine (Kan.) on Nov. 15, 2014. Next on the schedule is Life (Ga.) on Thursday. On the radar, Campbellsville has to face No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.) on Jan. 22.

The only remaining undefeated team, No. 2-ranked Hope International (Calif.) gathered 245 points and four first-place nods. Hope International finds success on the defensive side as it ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in both scoring defense (53.7 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.351). The Royals take a 14-0 record into a battle with defending national champion Vanguard (Calif.) on Tuesday.

Holding steady for the second-straight week, No. 3 Cal State San Marcos posted 234 points. The Cougars stand with the most wins in Division I with 19.

Pikeville (Ky.), with 227 points, remains in the No. 4 position. The Bears own a nine-game win streak heading into a home tilt on Thursday against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

Martin Methodist (Tenn.), who jumped up two spots, enjoys its first top-five mention of the season. With 211 points, the RedHawks own their highest ranking since a No. 5 position on March 7, 2012.

Four teams had four-spot improvements for the best positive jump this week. Conversely, No. 23 Philander Smith (Ark.) tumbles down seven positions from last time.

No. 24 LSU Alexandria (La.) highlights this week’s newcomers. The Generals, out of the Red River Athletic Conference, boast their first-ever Top 25 ranking in men’s basketball program history. With a 7-1 overall record, LSU Alexandria is competing in its¬†first varsity season in the NAIA. The only loss of the year came at the hands of then-No. 25 (tie) Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) on Dec. 5 in an 83-60 road setback.

The other three rookies – No. 20 Columbia (Mo.), No. 22 Evangel (Mo.) and No. 25 Cumberlands (Ky.) – have all been mentioned previously this season in the Top 25.

The following teams fell out of the Top 25: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (No. 18), LSU Shreveport (La.) (No. 21), Central Methodist (Mo.) (No. 22) and SAGU (Texas) (No. 25).

All 10 conferences and Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) are represented in this week's poll. With four ranked teams, the Mid-South Conference claims the most out of any league: Campbellsville, Pikeville, Georgetown and Cumberlands. Four other conference landed three Top 25 teams.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and unaffiliated groups. The fourth regular-season Top 25 will be announced on Jan. 20. For more information on the polls, click here.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 – 01 season) There have been 35 different teams ranked during the 2014-15 season – last year, 47 different teams found themselves in the Top 25… No. 4 Pikeville (Ky.) has held a top-five ranking in 16-straight polls dating back to first regular-season edition of the 2013-14 season… No. 17 Texas Wesleyan (12-2) fell from the undefeated ranks as the Rams dropped two contests last week… In four Top 25 polls this year (including Preseason), there have been three different No. 1-ranked programs: Vanguard (Calif.), Cal State San Marcos and Campbellsville (Ky.)… For the third-consecutive poll, the Mid-South Conference boasts two teams in the top-five: No. 1 Campbellsville and No. 4 Pikeville… Preseason No. 1-ranked Vanguard maintains status in the “receiving votes” category with three points this week… There have been 31 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position... Last year, there were seven different No. 1-ranked teams: Vanguard, Cal State San Marcos, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), SAGU (Texas), Pikeville, Georgetown (Ky.) and Columbia (Mo.)... Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked with 41-straight mentions, followed by Cal State San Marcos and Pikeville at 29… Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads the all-time charts with 48 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by NAIA Division II member Robert Morris (Ill.) with 24... Concordia and Georgetown are next with 12, Columbia at nine mentions and Cal State San Marcos with eight 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.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 13

1 1 Campbellsville (Ky.) (6) 17-1 247
2 2 Hope International (Calif.) (4) 14-0 245
3 3 Cal State San Marcos 19-2 234
4 4 Pikeville (Ky.) 15-1 227
5 7 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 15-1 211
6 5 Talladega (Ala.) 16-3 210
7 8 Oklahoma Baptist 14-2 204
8 6 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 13-2 189
9 10 Montana Western 14-3 181
10 11 Benedictine (Kan.) 14-3 180
11 13 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 10-1 164
11 15 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 14-1 164
13 17 Arizona Christian 15-3 155
14 14 Dalton State (Ga.) 14-2 150
15 9 Concordia (Calif.) 15-3 143
16 20 William Carey (Miss.) 11-3 121
17 12 Texas Wesleyan 12-2 112
18 19 Georgetown (Ky.) 14-3 108
19 23 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 15-3 107
20 RV Columbia (Mo.) 14-3 104
21 24 Xavier (La.) 12-6 88
22 RV Evangel (Mo.) 9-6 80
23 16 Philander Smith (Ark.) 10-4 73
24 NR LSU Alexandria 7-1 62
25 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 14-4 54
Others Receiving Votes: Great Falls (Mont.) 47; Central Methodist (Mo.) 30; Missouri Valley 23; Westmont (Calif.) 21; St. Gregory's (Okla.) 14; Bethel (Tenn.) 10; Life (Ga.) 6; SAGU (Texas) 6; Vanguard (Calif.) 3.