2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 8

2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 8

By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pikeville (Ky.) is the new No. 1 program in the first edition of the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. Thanks to a 10-0 record, the Bears hold the top billing for the fourth time in history. The second regular-season installment will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• No. 1 Pikeville (Ky.) moves into the No. 1 position this week with 250 total points and nine-of-10 first-place votes. The Bears were second in the Preseason Top 25 on Oct. 27.
• This No. 1 spot is the fourth all-time in Pikeville history and first since Jan. 14, 2014.
• No. 2-ranked Georgetown (Ky.), with 237 points and the remaining first-place vote, is one of four NAIA Division I teams with undefeated records. The Tigers are 11-0.
• Last year’s national champion Dalton State (Ga.) falls from No. 1 to No. 9. The Roadrunners dropped its first two games of the year against then-No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) and then-unranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
• No. 11 Talladega (Ala.) holds the most wins in the NAIA with a 12-3 mark.
• No. 5 Columbia (Mo.) vaults up 11 positions from the preseason Top 25 for the largest improvement. The Cougars, who are 10-0, are No. 6 in the NAIA in scoring margin (+24.2).
• No. 9 Dalton State, along with No. 11 Talladega, suffer the worst drop down eight spots.
• There are nine newcomers to the list: No. 6 William Penn (Iowa), No. 16 Carroll (Mont.), No. 19 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 20 Texas Wesleyan, No. 21 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 22 Wiley (Texas), No. 23 Langston (Okla.), No. 24 Avila (Mo.) and No. 25 Montana State-Northern.
• William Penn, with an 11-1 overall record, is ranked for the first time in NAIA Division I history. The Statesmen were historically ranked high in NAIA Division II polls prior to DI membership this year, including three No. 1 positions.
• Avila, checking in as a newcomer at No. 24 – is ranked for the first time in school history. The Eagles stand 8-3 on the year and is led by Sedrick Johnson, who ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in steals per game (3.1) and No. 3 in scoring (26.5).
• Another newcomer, No. 23 Langston, snaps a long drought as the Lions were last ranked during the 2004-05 season (March 1, 2005).
• No. 17 (tie) Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 52-straight mentions, followed by Pikeville at 40.
• There have been 35 different teams ranked this season through two polls (including Preseason).
• Last season, six teams held the No. 1 distinction – Dalton State, Vanguard (Calif.), former member Cal State San Marcos, Talladega (Ala.), Campbellsville and Hope International (Calif.).
• Nine of 10 conferences and Independents claim at least one ranked program. Six leagues tally at least three teams in the Top 25.
• The Golden State Athletic Conference boasts the most Top 25 teams: No. 4 Arizona Christian, No. 10 Hope International (Calif.), No. 14 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 21 Vanguard (Calif.).
• The Mid-South Conference (MSC) and American Midwest Conference (AMC) each have a pair of teams in the top five – No. 1 Pikeville and No. 2 Georgetown out of the MSC and No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and No. 5 Columbia (Mo.) from the AMC.
• There have been 35 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position. 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. Former member Concordia (Calif.) and Georgetown (Ky.) are next with 12, Cal State San Marcos at 11 and Columbia (Mo.) 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.

Poll Methodology
• 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 – Dec. 8 (No. 1)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2015-16 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Pikeville (Ky.) (9) 10-0 250
2 6 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 11-0 237
3 9 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 9-1 233
4 4 Arizona Christian 10-1 227
5 16 Columbia (Mo.) 10-0 219
6 RV William Penn (Iowa) 11-1 210
7 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 10-1 196
8 5 LSU Alexandria 8-2 185
9 1 Dalton State (Ga.) 6-2 184
10 7 Hope International (Calif.) 7-1 180
11 3 Talladega (Ala.) 12-3 178
12 12 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 8-1 175
13 21 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 8-2 145
14 17 Westmont (Calif.) 6-2 126
15 24 SAGU (Texas) 8-2 118
16 RV Carroll (Mont.) 6-2 117
T17 19 Xavier (La.) 8-3 113
T17 11 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 7-3 113
19 NR Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9-2 109
20 RV Texas Wesleyan 7-2 102
21 RV Vanguard (Calif.) 7-0 90
22 NR Wiley (Texas) 6-2 82
23 RV Langston (Okla.) 6-3 80
24 NR Avila (Mo.) 8-3 61
25 NR Montana State-Northern 8-2 54

Dropped from rankings: No. 8 Evangel (Mo.); No. 10 Mid-America Christian (Okla.); No. 14 (tie) William Carey (Miss.); No. 14 (tie) LSU Shreveport (La.); No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.); No. 20 Philander Smith (Ark.); No. 22 Benedictine (Kan.); No. 23 Montana Western; No. 25 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).

Others Receiving Votes: Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 41; Campbellsville (Ky.) 32; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 26; Dillard (La.) 21; Biola (Calif.) 17; Mobile (Ala.) 15; Park (Mo.) 9; Tougaloo (Miss.) 8; William Woods (Mo.) 3.

^ indicates ranking from Oct. 27, 2015 Preseason Top 25 poll