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.) ||20-2||219|
|3||7||Benedictine (Kan.) ||18-2||201|
|7||5||The Master’s (Calif.)||19-3||173|
|10||14||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||16-5||159|
|11||17||Peru State (Neb.)||16-5||142|
|13||18||William Carey (Miss.)||16-5||136|
|14||2||William Penn (Iowa)||16-5||127|
|18||24||William Jessup (Calif.)||15-6||87|
|18||16||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||16-6||87|
|21||24||John Brown (Ark.)||15-6||82|
|22||NR||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||15-7||76|
|23||NR||LSU Shreveport (La.)||14-9||58|
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.