2016 - 17 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 6

2016 - 17 NAIA Division I Men?s Basketball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 6

By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Biola (Cailf.) opens up its regular season with a No. 1 ranking as the Eagles rake in two first place votes and 210 total points. The top position is a first for Biola since Feb. 5, 2002. The second regular-season Top 25 will be announced Jan. 3, 2017.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):

• As the 2016-17 regular season is underway, Biola (Calif.) claims the top spot bringing in two first-place votes and 210 total points.
• The No. 1 ranking is the fifth all-time for the Eagles, which is tied for 10th most since 2000.
• The Eagles are currently 10-0 on the season and jumped three positions from the last poll.
• LSU Alexandria (La.) and Georgetown (Ky.) tie for the No. 2 spot, both earning three first-place votes and 208 points. The Generals are up three positions from the previous poll.
• No. 4 William Penn (Iowa) – with a 10-1 record – captured the remaining first-place vote.
• No. 5 Oklahoma City finds itself in the top five after jumping an impressive 13 spots this week. The Stars currently hold a perfect record (8-0).
• 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 (47-straight) and is followed by No 18 Talladega (Ala.) (40-straight) and No. 15 Hope International (Calif.) (31-straight).
• There are eight teams new to the Top 25 – No. 11 Wiley (Texas), No. 17 Montana Western, No. 20 Langston (Okla.), No. 21 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 22 Loyola (La.), No. 23 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 24 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and No. 25 Arizona Christian.
• No. 18 Talladega (Ala.) boasts the most wins thus far this year with a 12-4 mark.
• Nine of 10 conferences claim at least one ranked program in the Top 25.
• The Golden State Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference landed the most Top 25 teams with four each, while the Red River Athletic Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference and American Midwest Conference all have three programs representing.
• 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”
• Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2016 – 17 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Dec. 6 (No. 1)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2016-17 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 4 Biola (Calif.) (2) 10-0 210
2 5 LSU Alexandria (3) 7-0 208
2 2 Georgetown (Ky.) (3) 11-1 208
4 3 William Penn (Iowa) (1) 10-1 203
5 18 Oklahoma City 8-0 188
6 9 Carroll (Mont.) 8-0 184
7 6 Columbia (Mo.) 9-1 178
8 10 William Carey (Miss.) 6-1 166
9 12 Westmont (Calif.) 8-1 158
10 1 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 9-2 152
11 NR Wiley (Texas) 8-1 147
12 16 Park (Mo.) 5-1 138
13 NR Grand View (Iowa) 7-2 128
14 19 Pikeville (Ky.) 11-3 125
15 17 Hope International (Calif.) 6-0 120
16 12 Dillard (La.) 7-3 117
17 NR Montana Western 7-1 106
18 7 Talladega (Ala.) 12-4 98
19 20 Texas Wesleyan 8-2 93
20 NR Langston (Okla.) 6-2 69
21 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) 8-3 62
22 NR Loyola (La.) 8-2 57
23 NR Benedictine (Kan.) 7-3 51
24 NR Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 6-2 41
25 NR Arizona Christian 4-0 40

Dropped from rankings: No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 14 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), No. 15 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 20 (tie) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 22 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 23 Central Methodist (Mo.), No. 24 LSU Shreveport (La.), No. 25 Xavier (La.).

Others Receiving Votes: Life (Ga.) 37, LSU Shreveport (La.) 36, Montana State-Northern 36, Bethel (Tenn.) 28, Cumberlands (Ky.) 28, Blue Mountain (Miss.) 23, Vanguard (Calif.) 15, Graceland (Iowa) 14, SAGU (Texas) 10, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 7, Central Methodist (Mo.) 4.

^ Previous ranking occurred Oct. 25, 2016 (Preseason Top 25)

 

Championship Information

NAIA DI Men's Basketball Championship

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