Peru State men’s basketball team earns No. 5 seed in NAIA Division I tournament

The Peru State men’s basketball team earned a fifth seed when the NAIA Division I tournament brackets were announced Wednesday afternoon.

Peru State will play William Carey (Miss.) in its opening-round game on March 21 at 5:45 p.m. The tournament. which begins March 20, is played at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Peru State won the Heart of America Conference tournament on Tuesday, ending top-ranked Benedictine’s 29-game winning streak with a 74-65 road victory. Benedictine still earned a No. 1 seed in the national tournament.

Peru State comes into the tournament with a 23-10 record, which is the most single-season wins for the program since the 1996-97 season.​

Peru State jumps to No. 19 in coaches poll

PERU – After taking the Mid-South Conference Tournament crown, Georgetown (Ky.) finds itself at the top of the final Top 25 of the season. The Tigers have slowly but surely crept up week by week and now find itself as the top team in the nation heading into the 2019 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

LSU Alexandria moved to No. 2 this week as the Ravens of Benedictine (Kan.) tumbled slightly to No. 3 overall after a loss to then No. 24 Peru State (Neb.) in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday. Tougaloo (Miss.) and The Master’s (Calif.) tied at the No. 4 spot.

The Bobcats won five in a row since the last poll which included topping the number-one ranked Ravens Tuesday night in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament championship. This was Peru State’s first championship win in the Heart in men’s basketball.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)

  • Georgetown is ranked No. 1 for the first time in the 2018-19 season.
  • The Tigers won their last five games in a row, including the Mid-South title game against Life (Ga.), 104-75.
  • LSU Alexandria stayed at No. 2 this week and feature the top scoring offense in the nation, averaging over 97 points per game.
  • Benedictine (Kan.) drops two spots, but finished the season with an undefeated 24-0 mark in Heart of America Athletic Conference play. The Ravens saw their 29-game win streak snapped on Tuesday evening against Peru State.
  • Tougaloo (Miss.) and The Master’s (Calif.) tied for the No. 4 spot this week.
  • Former member Mountain State (W.Va.) owns the most No. 1-rankings with 48, followed by Robert Morris (Ill.) (24) and Georgetown (Ky.) (17). 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 – Final (March 13, 2019)

1 3 Georgetown (Ky.) [6] 28-4 217
2 2 LSU Alexandria (La.) [2] 28-3 209
3 1 Benedictine (Kan.) 30-3 203
4 4 Tougaloo (Miss.) 28-4 197
4 5 The Master’s (Calif.) 27-5 197
6 5 Stillman (Ala.) 27-5 178
7 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) [1] 27-6 177
8 5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 24-7 174
9 8 Missouri Baptist 28-4 159
10 10 Vanguard (Calif.) 25-6 154
11 9 Carroll (Mont.) 25-7 150
12 10 Wiley (Texas) 23-6 145
13 13 Pikeville (Ky.) 23-8 136
14 14 William Carey (Miss.) 22-9 124
15 18 John Brown (Ark.) 23-10 115
16 19 William Jessup (Calif.) 23-10 109
17 15 LSU Shreveport (La.) 22-10 107
18 17 Bethel (Tenn.) 24-8 106
19 24 Peru State (Neb.) 23-10 101
20 20 Talladega (Ala.) 24-7 69
21 21 Cumberlands (Ky.) 21-10 64
22 NR St. Thomas (Texas) 23-10 59
23 16 William Penn (Iowa) 21-11 57
24 NR Loyola (La.) 21-11 52
25 NR Oklahoma City 21-10 48

Dropped from the Top 25: Science & Arts (Okla.), Campbellsville (Ky.), Arizona Christian.

Others Receiving Votes: Science & Arts (Okla.) 47, Campbellsville (Ky.) 43, Arizona Christian 28, Westmont (Calif.) 26, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 23, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 19, Dillard (La.) 9, Central Baptist (Ark.) 9.

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