PERU – Despite losing two out of their last four games, the Peru State Bobcat men’s basketball team still has the respect of the voters in the most recent coaches’ poll.
The Bobcats technically are ranked 32nd in the poll as they received ten votes in the poll. Peru State lost last week to now tied for third William Penn (Iowa) and now seventh-ranked Central Methodist (Mo.). Both contests were on the road.
This week Peru State hosts Baker (Kan.) on Valentine’s Day night and then hosts Graceland (Iowa) who moved into the rankings in a tie for 24th.
For the first time in school history, The Master’s (Calif.) claims the No. 1 ranking in the fifth regular-season edition of the 2017-18 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. After holding the No. 2 position in the previous edition (Jan. 30), the Mustangs bumped up after previous No. 1-William Penn (Iowa) lost on Feb. 3.
2017 – 18 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 (Feb. 13)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2017-18 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||The Master’s (Calif.) (9)||25-1||219|
|2||4||LSU Shreveport (La.)||24-2||211|
|T3||1||William Penn (Iowa)||23-2||202|
|7||12||Central Methodist (Mo.)||23-3||169|
|9||5||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||21-4||158|
|13||9||Hope International (Calif.)||22-4||139|
|14||17||William Carey (Miss.)||18-5||135|
|15||11||Dalton State (Ga.)||19-6||107|
|T16||18||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||18-8||104|
|T16||7||Science & Arts (Okla.)||19-6||104|
|18||13||LSU Alexandria (La.)||19-7||103|
|19||19||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||20-6||91|
|T22||NR||Central Baptist (Ark.)||17-5||65|
Others Receiving Votes: Dillard (La.) 44; SAGU (Texas) 26; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 18; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 14; Campbellsville (Ky.) 13; Wiley (Texas) 13; Peru State (Neb.) 10; Missouri Baptist 9; Vanguard (Calif.) 5; William Jessup (Calif.) 3.
Dropped Out: No. 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 22 Missouri Baptist
^ Previous ranking occurred Jan.30, 2018 (Poll No. 4)