2018-2019 NAIA DII Men's Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll -- No. 4

2018-2019 NAIA DII Men's Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll -- No. 4

By Pete Scantlebury, NAIA Manager of Athletic Communications

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Another week, another new team atop the NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Indiana Wesleyan ascended to the top spot, replacing Oklahoma Wesleyan.

 

Top 25 Highlights

  • After dropping consecutive games in mid-December, Indiana Wesleyan has been on a tear, winning eight in a row. Those eight wins include four over teams currently ranked in the Top 25.
  • Despite dropping to No. 2, Oklahoma Wesleyan picked up the most first-place votes with five. The Eagles are 21-1 on the year, and were the last undefeated team remaining. Indiana Wesleyan had four first-place votes and Morningside (Iowa) had the remaining three.
  • Spring Arbor (Mich.) moved up three spots to join the top five. The Cougars are 19-3 on the season.
  • Four teams joined the Top 25: No. 21 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 23 Indiana Northwest, No. 24 Montreat (N.C.) and No. 25 St. Francis (Ill.)
  • Indiana Wesleyan holds the longest active streak in the poll with 79-straight appearances. Bethel (Ind.) is next with 69, moving from No. 16 to No. 14 this week. Following those two teams is Cornerstone (Mich.), currently ranked sixth in the poll, with 58.

 

Poll Methodology

 

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and 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.


2018-2019 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (Jan. 22, 2019)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1ST-PLACE VOTES] RECORD POINTS
1 3 Indiana Wesleyan [4] 19-3 304
2 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan [5] 21-1 301
3 4 Morningside (Iowa) [3] 18-1 300
4 2 College of Idaho 20-3 283
5 8 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 19-3 272
6 5 Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 19-3 253
7 6 Cornerstone (Mich.) 18-5 245
8 10 Southwestern (Kan.) 18-2 237
9 12 WVU Tech 18-3 235
10 7 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 16-4 222
11 9 Union (Ky.) 15-4 216
12 14 Oregon Tech 18-5 199
13 11 Southeastern (Fla.) 17-4 198
14 16 Bethel (Ind.) 17-5 184
15 17 Indiana East (Ind.) 16-6 173
16 13 Marian (Ind.) 17-5 165
17 15 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 15-6 137
18 21 Jamestown (N.D.) 19-4 136
19 22 Warner (Fla.) 15-7 123
20 24 Friends (Kan.) 16-5 119
21 NR Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 16-6 111
22 25 Indiana Tech 14-9 80
23 NR Indiana Northwest (Ind.) 16-6 75
24 NR Montreat (N.C.) 14-4 64
25 NR St. Francis (Ill.) 15-7 57

Dropped out: College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Indiana Southeast, Calumet (Ind.)

Others receiving votes: College of the Ozarks 48, Presentation (S.D.) 30, Brescia (Ky.) 29, Indiana Southeast 28, Calumet 24, Eastern Oregon 23, Northwest Christian (Ore.) 21, Dordt (Iowa) 17, Ave Maria (Fla.) 5, Milligan (Tenn.) 4, Mayville State (S.D.) 3

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