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

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

By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the final regular-season edition, Georgetown (Ky.) climbs up to the No. 1 position in the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office. The Tigers were second last week and improved their status in part with a loss by then-No. 1 LSU Alexandria (La.) on March 5. The postseason edition of the Top 25 will be released on March 30.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Georgetown (Ky.), who claimed 219 total points and eight-of-nine first-place votes, last held the No. 1 spot on Jan. 5, 2016.
• The Tigers earn their 14th all-time No. 1 ranking, which is the third-most amount behind 24 by Robert Morris (Ill.) and 48 by former member Mountain State (W.Va.).
• Georgetown will enter the NAIA National Championships on a seven-game win streak. The Tigers, who earned an automatic berth out of the Mid-South Conference – won both the conference and tournament championships.
• No. 2 LSU Alexandria (La.) checks in with 211 total points and the remaining first-place vote. LSU Alexandria had its NAIA-best 21-game win streak snapped on March 5 against Langston (Okla.) in overtime, 74-72.
• The Generals were the No. 1-ranked team for the previous five-consecutive weeks.
• No. 3 Biola (Calif.) holds for the second-straight poll. With 206 total points, the Eagles own the NAIA’s longest current win streak at 10 victories in-a-row.
• Climbing up two spots, fourth-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) owns a top-five ranking for the seventh time this year.
• Pikeville (Ky.) posts the No. 5 ranking this week with 188 points.
• Through 12 polls (including Preseason), there have been 47 different teams ranked this season.
• Nine programs have held a Top 25 ranking in all 10 polls.
• Both newcomers this week – No. 23 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 25 Westmont (Calif.) – held their last ranking in the month of February.
• Pikeville leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 50-straight mentions, which dates back to the start of the 2012-13 season. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (44-straight) and is followed by Talladega (37-straight), Arizona Christian (30-straight), and Hope International (Calif.) (28-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 –LSU Alexandria (five times), Pikeville (four times), Georgetown (two times) and Dalton State (Ga.) (one time).
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least one ranked program in the Top 25.
• Out of a possible 24 total polls since the 2014-15 season, LSU Alexandria has been ranked in the last 22-consecutive editions. The team has been in the top 10 in all 12 rankings this year.
• 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 14, 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 – March 9 (FINAL)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2015-16 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Georgetown (Ky.) (8) 28-3 219
2 1 LSU Alexandria (1) 28-3 211
3 3 Biola (Calif.) 29-3 206
4 6 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 28-4 196
5 5 Pikeville (Ky.) 25-5 188
6 4 Talladega (Ala.) 24-6 180
7 9 Columbia (Mo.) 28-5 176
8 7 Hope International (Calif.) 26-5 175
9 10 William Penn (Iowa) 27-6 162
10 8 Texas Wesleyan 24-7 154
11 13 Langston (Okla.) 25-6 151
12 T11 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 25-8 141
13 T11 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 25-7 138
14 14 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 23-9 125
15 16 Peru State (Neb.) 22-10 113
16 15 Arizona Christian 22-8 108
17 17 William Carey (Miss.) 20-11 103
18 18 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 20-8 99
19 20 Carroll (Mont.) 21-9 95
20 19 Park (Mo.) 20-9 92
21 21 Cumberlands (Ky.) 22-11 78
22 23 Montana Western 19-12 56
23 RV Campbellsville (Ky.) 22-10 54
24 22 Oklahoma City 15-10 52
25 RV Westmont (Calif.) 21-10 45

Dropped from rankings: No. 24 William Jessup (Calif.); No. 25 Dillard (La.)

Others Receiving Votes: Dillard (La.) 43; LSU Shreveport (La.) 35; William Jessup (Calif.) 31; Xavier (La.) 26; SAGU (Texas) 22; Dalton State (Ga.) 13; William Woods (Mo.) 3; Avila (Mo.) 3.