2016 - 17 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Preseason Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Oct. 25

2016 - 17 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Preseason Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Oct. 25

By: Spencer Scheve, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mid-America Christian (Okla.) claims the No. 1 ranking as they garner six first-place votes and 247 points in the 2016-17 NAIA DI Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• As the 2016-17 basketball season is underway, the defending national champion Mid-America Christian (Okla.) claims the No. 1 ranking as it garners six first-place votes and 247 points.
• Coming in at No. 2 is Georgetown (Ky.) as they earn one first-place vote and 237 points.

• Round out the top five – No. 3 William Penn (Iowa), who earned two first-place votes and 228 points, Biola (Calif.) at No. 4 as it earned one forst-place vote and 225 points and LSU Alexandria (La.) at No. 5 with 215 points.
• Pikeville (Ky.) leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 52-straight mentions, which dates back to the start of the 2012-13 season. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (46-straight) and is followed by Talladega (Ala.) (39-straight) and Hope International (Calif.) (30-straight).
• There are seven teams new to the Top 25 – No. 12 Westmont (Calif.), No. 18 Oklahoma City, No. 20 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 22 Faulkner (Ala.) No. 23 Central Methodist (Mo.), No. 24 LSU Shreveport (La.) and No. 25 Xavier (La.).
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least one ranked program in the Top 25.
• The Mid-South Conference landed the most Top 25 teams with four: No. 5 -- Georgetown, No. 11 Campbellsville (Ky.), No. 19 Pikeville (Ky.), No. 20 Lindsey Wilson.
• There have been 37 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.

2016 – 17 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Oct. 25

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2015-16 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

28-9

247

2

2

Georgetown (Ky.)

32-4

237

3

6

William Penn (Iowa)

29-7

228

4

5

Biola (Calif.)

30-4

225

5

3

LSU Alexandria

29-4

215

6

10

Columbia (Mo.)

29-6

208

7

7

Talladega (Ala.)

25-6

206

8

4

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

28-9

191

9

9

Carroll (Mont.)

23-10

177

10

22

William Carey (Miss.)

20-12

166

11

11

Campbellsville (Ky.)

25-11

165

12

RV

Westmont (Calif.)

21-11

155

12

20

Dillard (La.)

21-12

155

14

13

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

22-9

137

15

12

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

29-5

125

16

24

Park (Mo.)

20-10

113

17

14

Hope International (Calif.)

26-7

107

18

RV

Oklahoma City

15-11

106

19

8

Pikeville (Ky.)

25-6

97

20

NR

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

17-14

93

20

16

Texas Wesleyan

24-8

93

22

NR

Faulkner (Ala.)

20-14

82

23

NR

Central Methodist (Mo.)

16-16

61

24

RV

LSU Shreveport (La.)

18-14

51

25

RV

Xavier (La.)

21-13

42


Others Receiving Votes: SAGU (Texas) 38; Montana Western 36; Langston (Okla.) 29; William Woods (Mo.) 27; William Jessup (Calif.) 25; Cumberlands (Ky.) 22; Arizona Christian 12; Benedictine (Kan.) 8; Voorhees (S.C.) 6; Peru State (Neb.) 6; Science & Arts (Okla.) 5; Dalton State (Ga.) 3

Championship Information

NAIA DI Men's Basketball Championship

83rd ANNUAL DIVISION I 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 18-24, 2020
Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Mo.