MACU moves up to No. 1 in NAIA MBB poll

NAIA Communications
Brad Cygan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After keeping its grasp on the top spot last week, Georgetown (Ky.) suffered its second loss as Mid-America Christian (Okla.) ascended into the top spot in the sixth edition of the Top 25. The Evangels remained the last one-loss team in the nation as they became only the second team ranked No. 1 this season. As Georgetown dropped just one spot, LSU Shreveport (La.) jumped three spots into the No. 3 position with Dalton State (Ga.) and William Penn (Iowa) at Nos. 4 and 5 respectively.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)

  • Mid-America Christian garnered all nine first-place votes this week.
  • The Evangels returned to the No. 1 overall spot for the first time since October 25, 2016 in the preseason edition of the Top 25.
  • Georgetown was handed just its second loss of the season against Campbellsville (Ky.) on Saturday. A pair of free throws with two second left for the Campbellsville Tigers were the difference in a 94-92 decision.
  • LSU Shreveport jumped from No. 6 to No. 3, signaling the largest jump in the top five this week. The Pilots earned an impressive 110-80 victory over conference rival LSU Alexandria (La.) on Saturday, four days after dropping 135 points in its highest offensive output of the season.
  • Dalton State put its setback against Martin Methodist (Tenn.) a week ago in the rear view after grabbing a pair of wins against Florida College and Brewton Parker (Ga.). The Roadrunners have a critical game against No. 8-ranked Faulkner (Ala.) on Thursday.
  • After an absence from the top five, William Penn re-joined the group with wins over Central Methodist (Mo.) and Baker (Kan.) last week. The Statesmen will wrap-up the regular season this week with a home game against Mount Mercy (Iowa) today and road tilt with Peru State (Neb.) on Saturday.
  • Menlo (Calif.) made the biggest jump this week, up four spots to No. 16.
  • Park (Mo.) is the lone newcomer this week at No. 23. The Pirates grabbed perhaps their biggest win of the season over then-No. 21 Central Baptist (Ark.) 61-57 last week.
  • Former member Mountain State (W.Va.) owns the most No. 1-rankings with 48, followed by Robert Morris (Ill.) (24) and Georgetown (Ky.) (23). LSU Alexandria is next on the list with 16 while former NAIA member Concordia (Calif.) is at 12.
  • Georgetown (Ky.) owns the longest active streak in the Top 25, which is now at 76 consecutive polls. 

2019-20 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 6 (Feb. 26, 2020)

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [First-Place Votes]RECORDFINAL POINTS
12Mid-America Christian [9]27-1219
21Georgetown (Ky.)25-2212
36LSU Shreveport (La.)25-3201
45Dalton State (Ga.)26-2189
57William Penn (Iowa)24-3186
64Westmont (Calif.)25-3184
73Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)25-3182
810Faulkner (Ala.)24-3174
99John Brown (Ark.)25-3170
1011Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)23-5152
118LSU Alexandria (La.)23-5150
1212Tougaloo (Miss.)22-5134
1313SAGU (Texas)21-5131
1415Cumberlands (Ky.)22-6126
1514Xavier (La.)22-5124
1620Menlo (Calif.)18-7115
1719Carroll (Mont.)20-8106
1818Thomas More (Ky.)22-6100
1917Arizona Christian21-792
2016The Master’s (Calif.)21-789
2122Loyola (La.)20-883
2223Clarke (Iowa)20-870
23RVPark (Mo.)20-663
2423Texas Wesleyan19-862
2525Talladega (Ala.)21-743

Dropped from the Top 25: Central Baptist (Ark.).

Others Receiving Votes: Shawnee State (Ohio) 36, Central Baptist (Ark.) 25, Pikeville (Ky.) 18, Stillman (Ala.) 13, Montana State-Northern 9, Dillard (La.) 8, William Jessup (Calif.) 7, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 6, William Carey (Miss.) 5, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 4.