Peru State drops in top-25 poll

PERU –  After ending the current ratings period a perfect 22-0 in Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) play, Benedictine (Kan.) ascended to the No. 1 spot in the final regular season poll of 2019. The Ravens collected eight of the nine first place votes.

After going 1-4 over the past two weeks, the Peru State men’s basketball team fell ten spots to 24th in the most recent poll. All of the losses were close, including a six-point loss to the new number one Ravens in Atchison on Feb. 20.

Peru State has two regular season contests to play before entering the Heart Conference post-season tournament. Presently, the Bobcats are sitting in third in the conference regular season standings behind Benedictine and #16 William Penn.

For the first time since the preseason edition, LSU Alexandria does not occupy the top spot as the Generals made the move down to No. 2. Georgetown (Ky.) jumped to No. 3 this week, its highest ranking of the season thus far. Also achieving the highest ranking of the season was Tougaloo (Miss.) who moved to No. 4 overall. A three-way tie at No. 5 highlighted how close things have gotten on the national stage as The Master’s (Calif.) jumped from No. 10, Stillman (Ala.) stayed put and Wayland Baptist (Texas) rounded-out the tie.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)

  • Benedictine is ranked No. 1 for the first time in team history.
  • The Ravens have not lost since a 63-58 defeat at the hands of non-conference opponent Park (Mo.) on November 5, 2018 and feature one of the top defenses in the NAIA. Benedictine is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in field goal percentage defense (0.384) and No. 4 in scoring defense per game (64.893)
  • LSU Alexandria had its 19-game win streak snapped by LSU Shreveport on Saturday, February 23.
  • Despite suffering a loss current No. 25 Campbellsville (Ky.) Georgetown jumped one spot with a win over then-No. 16 Pikeville (Ky.) last Thursday.
  • Tougaloo made its way into the No. 4 spot after a win over then-No. 25 Dillard (La.) on Saturday. The bulldogs are led by current NAIA Player of the Week Tonzell Handy, whom is averaging 19 points per game and just shy of 13 rebounds per game.
  • Stillman held serve at No. 5, but is joined at that spot this week by The Master’s and Wayland Baptist.
  • Former member Mountain State (W.Va.) owns the most No. 1-rankings with 48, followed by Robert Morris (Ill.) (24) and Georgetown (Ky.) (16). LSU Alexandria is next on the list with 16 while former NAIA member Concordia (Calif.) is at 12.
  • Pikeville (Ky.) owns the longest active streak in the Top 25, which is now at 73 consecutive polls.

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) beginning in the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.

2018-19 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 6 (Feb. 26, 2019)

1 2 Benedictine (Kan.) [8] 26-2 219
2 1 LSU Alexandria (La.) [1] 27-3 212
3 4 Georgetown (Ky.) 25-4 201
4 8 Tougaloo (Miss.) 24-4 187
5 10 The Master’s (Calif.) 24-5 182
5 5 Stillman (Ala.) 26-4 182
5 9 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 24-6 182
8 3 Missouri Baptist 27-3 178
9 7 Carroll (Mont.) 24-6 174
10 6 Vanguard (Calif.) 24-5 150
10 12 Wiley (Texas) 22-5 150
12 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 24-6 147
13 11 Pikeville (Ky.) 22-7 135
14 15 William Carey (Miss.) 22-8 124
15 20 LSU Shreveport (La.) 21-9 118
16 16 William Penn (Iowa) 20-8 109
17 19 Bethel (Tenn.) 23-7 105
18 23 John Brown (Ark.) 21-9 96
19 17 William Jessup (Calif.) 20-9 92
20 NR Talladega (Ala.) 23-6 80
21 21 Cumberlands (Ky.) 21-9 79
22 NR Science & Arts (Okla.) 20-9 77
23 24 Arizona Christian 22-7 51
24 14 Peru State (Neb.) 18-10 50
25 NR Campbellsville (Ky.) 21-8 49

Dropped from the Top 25: Providence (Mont.), Dillard (La.), Oklahoma City

Others Receiving Votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 32, Langston (Okla.) 31, St. Thomas (Texas) 29, Hope International (Calif.) 28, Providence (Mont.) 19, Loyola (La.) 17, Dillard (La.) 6, Oklahoma City 5.

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