2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Jan. 5

2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Jan. 5

By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the 13th time in history, Georgetown (Ky.) lands the No. 1 ranking in the second edition of the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The third regular-season installment will be released on Jan. 12.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• With 13 No. 1 rankings, Georgetown (Ky.) stands third with the most top billings since 2000. Former Division I members Mountain State (W.Va.) (48) and Robert Morris (Ill.) (24) are ahead of the Tigers.
• The Tigers collected all 10 first-place votes and 250 total points to slide up one position from the first regular-season installment.
• Georgetown is the sole undefeated team in the NAIA Division I ranks at 14-0. The Tigers lead the NAIA in scoring (105.8) and scoring margin (34.1).
• The Tigers boast the No. 1 position for the first time since Oct. 29, 2013 in the Preseason Top 25. That ranking came after a 2013 NAIA National Championship.
• Pikeville (Ky.), the No. 1-ranked team in the last poll, slides down to the second position. Members of the Mid-South Conference, the Bears face Georgetown on Jan. 21.
• No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) holds its spot from last time. No. 4 Columbia (Mo.) and No. 5 William Penn (Iowa) both improve one position.
• Newcomer and 20th-ranked Biola (Calif.) is tops in Division I with 15 victories.
• With a seven-spot improvement, No. 13 Texas Wesleyan enjoys the best jump within the Top 25. A signature win for the Rams – a 111-101 decision – recently came Dec. 5 against then-No. 10 Mid-America Christian (Okla.).
• The following rookies are listed this week: No. 20 Biola, No. 22 Central Methodist (Mo.) and No. 25 Tougaloo (Miss.).
• Tougaloo, on a five-game win streak including two Top-25 victories, snaps the longest drought. The Bulldogs were last ranked March 7, 2012 (No. 24).
• Prior to today, Biola last checked into the Top 25 on Feb. 25, 2014 (No. 25), while Central Methodist landed a No. 22 position on Jan. 6, 2015.
• No. 14 Xavier (La.) leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 53-straight mentions, followed by Pikeville at 41.
• No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) tumbled down six spots for the worst fall.
• Through three polls (including Preseason), there now have been 38 different teams ranked this season.
• Three programs have held the No. 1 distinction this year – Dalton State (Ga.), Pikeville and Georgetown.
• Nine conferences 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 with five: No. 9 Arizona Christian, No. 11 Hope International (Calif.), No. 12 Westmont (Calif.), No. 20 Biola and No. 24 Vanguard (Calif.).
• The Mid-South Conference (MSC) and American Midwest Conference (AMC) each have a pair of teams in the top five – No. 1 Georgetown and No. 2 Pikeville out of the MSC and No. 3 Freed-Hardeman and No. 4 Columbia from the AMC.
• 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.

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 – Jan. 5 (No. 2)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2015-16 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 2 Georgetown (Ky.) (10) 14-0 250
2 1 Pikeville (Ky.) 13-1 238
3 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 12-2 231
4 5 Columbia (Mo.) 14-1 220
5 6 William Penn (Iowa) 12-1 219
6 8 LSU Alexandria 11-2 203
7 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 14-1 201
8 9 Dalton State (Ga.) 11-2 195
9 4 Arizona Christian 13-2 194
10 11 Talladega (Ala.) 13-3 182
11 10 Hope International (Calif.) 12-2 175
12 14 Westmont (Calif.) 12-3 144
13 20 Texas Wesleyan 8-3 143
14 T17 Xavier (La.) 12-4 141
15 19 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 11-3 132
16 16 Carroll (Mont.) 9-3 119
17 12 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 10-3 116
18 15 SAGU (Texas) 11-3 106
19 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 9-4 105
20 RV Biola (Calif.) 15-1 100
21 23 Langston (Okla.) 8-3 97
22 NR Central Methodist (Mo.) 9-4 82
23 24 Montana State-Northern 12-2 80
24 21 Vanguard (Calif.) 10-2 54
25 RV Tougaloo (Miss.) 7-4 47

Dropped from rankings: No. 17 (tie) Martin Methodist (Tenn.); No. 22 Wiley (Texas); No. 24 Avila (Mo.).

Others Receiving Votes: Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 42; Campbellsville (Ky.) 42; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 31; Benedictine (Kan.) 27; Park (Mo.) 12; Wiley (Texas) 9; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 6; Mobile (Ala.) 5; Oklahoma City 4; Montana Western 4; Avila (Mo.) 3.

^ indicates ranking from Dec. 8, 2015 Top 25 poll