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)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [First-Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 2 Mid-America Christian [9] 27-1 219
2 1 Georgetown (Ky.) 25-2 212
3 6 LSU Shreveport (La.) 25-3 201
4 5 Dalton State (Ga.) 26-2 189
5 7 William Penn (Iowa) 24-3 186
6 4 Westmont (Calif.) 25-3 184
7 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 25-3 182
8 10 Faulkner (Ala.) 24-3 174
9 9 John Brown (Ark.) 25-3 170
10 11 Providence (Mont.) (Mont.) 23-5 152
11 8 LSU Alexandria (La.) 23-5 150
12 12 Tougaloo (Miss.) 22-5 134
13 13 SAGU (Texas) 21-5 131
14 15 Cumberlands (Ky.) 22-6 126
15 14 Xavier (La.) 22-5 124
16 20 Menlo (Calif.) 18-7 115
17 19 Carroll (Mont.) 20-8 106
18 18 Thomas More (Ky.) 22-6 100
19 17 Arizona Christian 21-7 92
20 16 The Master’s (Calif.) 21-7 89
21 22 Loyola (La.) 20-8 83
22 23 Clarke (Iowa) 20-8 70
23 RV Park (Mo.) 20-6 63
24 23 Texas Wesleyan 19-8 62
25 25 Talladega (Ala.) 21-7 43

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.

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