Lions come in at No. 22 in latest NAIA Coaches Poll

Lions come in at No. 22 in latest NAIA Coaches Poll

Tue, Jan. 31, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Following an impressive stretch of games, the Freed-Hardeman Lion basketball team (15-6, 11-3 AMC) returned to the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, as they came in at No. 22 in the national ranking, as released Tuesday by the national office.

The Lions are one of two teams from the American Midwest Conference to be ranked in the poll, the other being Columbia (Mo.) College who dropped this week from No. 3 to No. 5. William Woods University, who was previously listed at No. 23 in the national poll, dropped out of the Top 25 poll, but are still receiving votes.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)

With all 10 first-place votes, LSU Alexandria (La.) captured the No. 1 ranking for the third-straight time. Overall, this week is the eighth all-time No. 1 position, good for seventh most since 2000. The Generals are the only remaining undefeated team in NAIA Division I with a 21-0 mark. The next opponent en route to the perfect season is No. 17 LSU Shreveport (La.) on Wednesday. LSU Alexandria is scheduled to play eight more regular-season games.

Ranking 10th in the NAIA in scoring margin (16.9 scoring difference), LSU Alexandria has won in convincing fashion in nearly all its contests. In 19 of 21 games, the Generals have won by at least double-digits including the last five-straight affairs.

No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) improves two positions, thanks to a seven-game winning streak (games played through Sunday, Jan. 29). This is the highest ranking for the Statesmen in NAIA Division I history.

No. 3 Georgetown (Ky.) dropped one spot with 231 points. The Tigers had been No. 2 in each of the previous five rankings.

No. 4 Dalton State (Ga.) appears in the top five for the first time since a Preseason No. 1 spot prior to the 2015-16 season. The Roadrunners improved two spots.
Sliding down two spots, No. 5 Columbia (Mo.) is one of three teams in the NAIA tied for the most victories with 21.

Within the poll, No. 10 Cumberlands (Ky.) makes the biggest improvement with an eight-spot hike. Conversely, No. 18 Oklahoma City dropped 10 spots for the largest fall. The Stars have gone 2-3 in their last five games.

Four newcomers join this week’s Top 25: No. 17 LSU Shreveport, No. 22 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), No. 23 The Master’s (Calif.) and No. 24 Benedictine (Kan.). All four teams were ranked at least once previously this year.

Through all five polls this year, there have been 43 different teams to hold a position in the Top 25. Of that group, 

Pikeville leads the active group of being ranked in the Top 25 with 55-straight mentions, which dates back to the start of the 2012-13 season. The second longest streak belongs to Georgetown (50-straight) and is followed by Talladega (Ala.) (43-straight).

The Golden State Athletic Conference and Red River Athletic Conference each boast the most teams in the Top 25 with four apiece. Three other leagues land a trio of ranked squads.

Nine of 10 conferences claim at least two ranked programs. 

There have been 37 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position. Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads the all-time charts with 48 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by NAIA Division II member Robert Morris (Ill.) 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.

2016 – 17 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 31 (No. 4)

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2016-17 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

LSU Alexandria (La.) (10)

21-0

250

2

4

William Penn (Iowa)

18-2

235

3

2

Georgetown (Ky.)

20-2

231

4

6

Dalton State (Ga.)

18-1

228

5

3

Columbia (Mo.)

21-2

217

6

7

Biola (Calif.)

21-2

215

7

11

Wiley (Texas)

20-2

201

8

13

Carroll (Mont.)

19-3

192

9

12

Texas Wesleyan

18-3

190

10

18

Cumberlands (Ky.)

19-4

174

11

14

Dillard (La.)

15-5

168

12

5

Westmont (Calif.)

17-4

166

13

9

Montana Western

18-4

154

14

10

Pikeville (Ky.)

19-5

142

15

17

Grand View (Iowa)

14-5

126

16

15

Talladega (Ala.)

16-6

121

17

NR

LSU Shreveport (La.)

15-5

113

18

8

Oklahoma City

15-5

111

19

24

William Carey (Miss.)

14-4

105

20

16

William Jessup (Calif.)

16-6

104

21

20

SAGU (Texas)

16-6

98

22

NR

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

15-6

78

23

NR

The Master's (Calif.)

17-3

69

24

NR

Benedictine (Kan.)

15-6

67

25

19

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

12-6

56

Dropped from rankings: No. 21 Mid-America Christian (Okla.), No. 22 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 23 William Woods (Mo.), No. 24 Graceland (Iowa).

Others Receiving Votes: Hope International (Calif.) 50; Park (Mo.) 44; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 33; Southwestern Christian (Okla.) 19; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 13; Faulkner (Ala.) 9; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 7; Graceland (Iowa) 4; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 4.