2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Jan. 26

2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Jan. 26

By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the third-straight week, and fourth-time overall this year, Pikeville (Ky.) holds the No. 1 ranking in the fifth edition of the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The next regular-season installment will be released on Feb. 2.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• No. 1-ranked Pikeville (Ky.) tallied a week-best 247 points and eight first-place votes. This marks the fourth overall – third-straight week – at No. 1 for the Bears.
• Pikeville now is tied for the seventh-most No. 1 mentions with seven.
• Pikeville ranks No. 2 nationally in scoring offense (96.7) and field goal percentage (.530).
• For the first time all year, the top five remained intact from last week: No. 2 LSU Alexandria (La.), No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 4 Columbia (Mo.) and No. 5 Georgetown (Ky.).
• LSU Alexandria and Georgetown both captured one first-place nod.
• No. 19 William Carey (Miss.), No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 24 Dillard (La.) and No. 25 William Woods (Mo.) all enter this week as newcomers.
• Dillard is freshly ranked for the first time since the 2003-04 season back on Jan. 27, 2004 (No. 18). The Bleu Devils have won four out of their last five, including an 84-74 triumph over then-No. 8 Talladega (Ala.) on Jan. 23 in the NAIA Game of the Week.
• The other three rookies in the group above were recognized earlier this year in the Top 25.
• Through six polls (including Preseason), there now have been 43 different teams ranked this season.
• Eleven programs have held a Top 25 ranking in all six polls.
• No. 1 Pikeville now leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 44-straight mentions. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (38-straight) and is followed by Talladega (31-straight), Arizona Christian (24-straight) and Hope International (Calif.) (22-straight).
• By falling out of the Top 25, Xavier (La.) snaps the longest active streak of 55-straight mentions.
• Three programs have held the No. 1 distinction this year –Pikeville (four times), Dalton State (Ga.) (one time) and Georgetown (one time).
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least one ranked program in the Top 25.
• The American Midwest Conference and Golden State Athletic Conference landed the most Top 25 teams with four each.
• 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. 26 (No. 5)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2015-16 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Pikeville (Ky.) (8) 18-1 247
2 2 LSU Alexandria (1) 17-2 240
3 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 19-1 237
4 4 Columbia (Mo.) 19-2 227
5 5 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 16-2 221
6 6 William Penn (Iowa) 17-3 204
T7 9 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 16-3 199
T7 7 Hope International (Calif.) 17-3 199
9 8 Talladega (Ala.) 16-4 179
10 T10 Arizona Christian 17-3 178
11 T10 Biola (Calif.) 19-3 173
12 13 Texas Wesleyan 15-4 164
13 12 Langston (Okla.) 14-4 156
14 14 Carroll (Mont.) 14-5 143
15 15 Westmont (Calif.) 15-4 138
16 17 Park (Mo.) 12-5 125
17 20 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 16-5 117
18 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) 17-5 113
19 RV William Carey (Miss.) 13-8 98
20 16 SAGU (Texas) 14-6 87
21 24 Peru State (Neb.) 13-7 84
22 22 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 11-5 78
23 RV MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 14-6 62
24 RV Dillard (La.) 11-6 56
T25 RV William Woods (Mo.) 14-7 39
T25 25 Montana Western 13-8 39

Dropped from rankings: No. 19 Mobile (Ala.), No. 21 Xavier (La.), No. 23 Dalton State (Ga.).
Others Receiving Votes: Mobile (Ala.) 32; Xavier (La.) 30; Avila (Mo.) 29; Middle Georgia State 27; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 25; Cumberlands (Ky.) 15; LSU Shreveport (La.) 9; William Jessup (Calif.) 3.