2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Feb. 9

2015 - 16 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Feb. 9

By: Scott Barker, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second time in NAIA history, LSU Alexandria (La.) earns No. 1 ranking in the seventh 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. 16.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• With nine first-place votes and 250 total points, LSU Alexandria (La.) is No. 1 for the second-straight week.
• The Generals are competing in their second season of varsity status. LSU Alexandria has gone 44-6 under the leadership of head coach Larry Cordaro, since becoming a varsity program.
• Out of a possible 20 polls since the 2014-15 season, LSU Alexandria has been ranked in the last 18 editions. The team has been in the top 10 in all eight rankings this year.
• With a 21-2 mark this season, the Generals own Division I’s longest win streak at 14-straight games. Their latest victim was Southwest (N.M.) on Feb. 6. LSU Alexandria has not lost since Dec. 3, 2015.
• No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) received the final first-place vote and a total of 234 points.
• No. 5 Columbia (Mo.) posted 222 points for its seventh-straight top-five mention.
• No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) (238 points) and No. 4 Pikeville (Ky.) (223 points) round out the top five.
• No. 15 William Carey (Miss.), No. 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 19 Arizona Christian moved up three spots each highlighting the positive movement.
• Cumberlands (Ky.) is the lone newcomer this week. The Patriots are in the Top 25 for the first time since April 1, 2015.
• No. 20 Park (Mo.) had the biggest fall in the Top 25, as it dropped five spots.
• Through eight polls (including Preseason), there now have been 46 different teams ranked this season.
• Ten programs have held a Top 25 ranking in all seven polls.
• Pikeville now leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 46-straight mentions. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (40-straight) and is followed by Talladega (33-straight), Arizona Christian (26-straight) and Hope International (Calif.) (24-straight).
• By falling out of the Top 25 in the Jan. 26th edition, Xavier (La.) snapped the longest active streak of 55-straight mentions.
• Four programs have held the No. 1 distinction this year – Pikeville (four times), LSU Alexandria (La.) (two 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 Golden State Athletic Conference landed the most Top 25 teams with five: No. 7 Hope International (Calif.), No. 9 Biola (Calif.), No. 16 Westmont (Calif.), Arizona Christian and No. 25 William Jessup (Calif.).
• Mid-South Conference has four teams represented while four other conferences have three teams 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 – Feb. 9 (No. 7)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2015-16 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 LSU Alexandria (9) 21-2 250
2 2 Georgetown (Ky.) 21-3 238
3 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (1) 22-2 234
4 4 Pikeville (Ky.) 21-3 223
5 3 Columbia (Mo.) 22-3 222
6 6 Talladega (Ala.) 20-4 208
7 8 Hope International (Calif.) 20-4 202
8 9 Texas Wesleyan 19-4 195
9 7 William Penn (Iowa) 19-5 182
9 10 Biola (Calif.) 22-3 182
11 12 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 19-5 167
12 11 Langston (Okla.) 17-5 159
13 13 Carroll (Mont.) 17-5 154
14 14 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 18-5 148
15 18 William Carey (Miss.) 16-8 129
16 16 Westmont (Calif.) 17-6 127
17 20 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 18-6 126
18 17 Peru State (Neb.) 17-8 106
19 22 Arizona Christian 18-5 96
20 15 Park (Mo.) 14-7 91
21 23 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 13-6 83
22 19 Campbellsville (Ky.) 18-7 67
23 25 Oklahoma City 11-7 63
23 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 16-9 63
25 24 William Jessup (Calif.) 15-7 62

Dropped from rankings: Dillard (La.) (No. 21)

Others Receiving Votes: Middle Georgia State 55; Dillard (La.) 48; Xavier (La.) 46; Voorhees (S.C.) 24; Montana Western 16; Avila (Mo.) 9; William Woods (Mo.) 3.

^Based off NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 2