Peru State vaults to 11th in latest NAIA Coaches Poll

Peru State vaults to 11th in latest NAIA Coaches Poll
Peru State Sports Network

PERU –  As upsets begin to carve the landscape of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, several teams benefited from big wins over the past two weeks. Benedictine (Kan.) and Vanguard (Calif.) both jumped into the top five after wins over top five opponents while a slow stretch knocked William Penn (Iowa) out of the top ten.

The Peru State men’s basketball team took the second-biggest jump in the poll as they moved from 17th two weeks ago to 11th. The Bobcats went 3-1 over the past two weeks to improve to 16-5.

This is the highest ranking for the ‘Cats since joining the Heart of America Athletic Conference. It is believed the number 11 ranking is Peru State’s highest in NAIA DI since the Bobcats moved up.

LSU Alexandria (La.) stayed put at No. 1 with a 20-2 overall record on the year, while the consistently great play from Carroll (Mont.) helped the Fighting Saints to the No. 2 spot. The first loss of the season for Missouri Baptist knocked the Spartans two spots down to No. 5.

2018-19 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 4 (Jan. 29, 2019)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 LSU Alexandria (La.) [8] 20-2 219
2 4 Carroll (Mont.) 20-2 207
3 7 Benedictine (Kan.) [1] 18-2 201
4 9 Vanguard (Calif.) 20-1 198
5 3 Missouri Baptist 21-1 194
6 10 Tougaloo (Miss.) 18-2 181
7 5 The Master’s (Calif.) 19-3 173
8 6 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-3 171
9 10 Stillman (Ala.) 19-2 169
10 14 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 16-5 159
11 17 Peru State (Neb.) 16-5 142
12 8 Langston (Okla.) 17-4 139
13 18 William Carey (Miss.) 16-5 136
14 2 William Penn (Iowa) 16-5 127
15 13 Wiley (Texas) 15-5 120
16 15 Pikeville (Ky.) 17-5 106
17 NR Cumberlands (Ky.) 17-5 101
18 24 William Jessup (Calif.) 15-6 87
18 16 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 16-6 87
20 NR Bethel (Tenn.) 16-5 83
21 24 John Brown (Ark.) 15-6 82
22 NR Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 15-7 76
23 NR LSU Shreveport (La.) 14-9 58
24 21 Arizona Christian 17-5 54
25 22 Providence (Mont.) 14-7 41

Dropped from the Top 25: Campbellsville (Ky.), Hope International (Calif.), Science & Arts (Okla.), Central Baptist (Ark.)

Others Receiving Votes: St. Thomas (Texas) 37, Hope International (Calif.) 36, Science & Arts (Okla.) 23, Graceland (Iowa) 19, Life (Ga.) 13, Loyola (La.) 13, Campbellsville (Ky.) 11, Dillard (La.) 10, SAGU (Texas) 10, William Woods (Mo.) 3, Talladega (Ala.) 3.

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