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Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is represented by #23 University of Saint Mary in the sixth edition of the 2012 -13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.  The poll was announced Tuesday, January 22.

   

Saint Mary re-enters the poll at #23 from their #12 preseason ranking issued on October 23, 2012.  The Spires are undefeated in conference play (10-0), so far this season, and own an 11 game win streak dating back to November 27, 2012. .

 

Saint Mary hosts Friends University on Wednesday (1/22) and travels to Salina to take on Kansas Wesleyan, Saturday (1/25).

  

KCAC Men's Basketball Standings

  

With the most wins in the NAIA, Eastern Oregon (22-1) sticks at No. 1 poll. No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) received the last first-place vote. Moving up one spot to No. 3 is Indiana Wesleyan. Moving up two positions to No. 4 is St. Thomas (Fla.).  Falling to No. 5 is Cardinal Stritch (Wis.).

 

No. 12 Doane (Neb.) and No. 19 Ave Marie (Fla.) are the biggest movers in the poll with a five-spot shift. Conversely, No. 21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) fell the farthest, as the Eagles were ninth in last week's poll. Since Jan. 9, Embry-Riddle has lost four of its last five contests.

 

No. 22 York (Neb.), No. 23 Saint Mary (Kan.) and No. 25 Hastings (Neb.) are the newcomers this week. Southern Oregon (No. 21), Cal Maritime (No. 23) and College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (No. 25) all dropped out this week.

 

The Great Plains Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference each list out four Top 25 programs, which is the most of any conference or independent. The Cascade Collegiate Conference and Crossroads League place a triplet of teams on the list. Overall, 11 of the 13 conferences and independents are represented this week in the poll.

 

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.

 

The seventh regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 29.

 

For more information on the polls, click here.

 

NOTES: (All information dates back to 1991 - 1992 season, which is the start of Division II) Despite falling two spots to No. 5, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) is the only team this year to be ranked in the top-five in all seven polls... Three different teams have been ranked No. 1 this year: Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Eastern Oregon and Northwood (Fla.)... With No. 22 York (Neb.) and No. 25 Hastings (Neb.) as newcomers this week, there are now 41 different teams to be listed in the Top 25 this year... Northwood holds the longest active streak of being ranked with 60-consecutive mentions (dating back to Feb. 6, 2008) and right behind is Davenport (Mich.) with 44-straight, followed by Indiana-Southwest (38), Grace (Ind.) (32) and Northwestern (Iowa) (28)... There have been 35 teams all-time to be ranked No. 1, with nine programs earning at least 10 top mentions... Bethel boasts the most all-time No. 1's with 35, followed by Embry-Riddle (Fla.) with 17, Oregon Tech at 15, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (currently a member in NAIA Division I) and former member Northern State (S.D.) with 14, Oklahoma Wesleyan and former member Walsh (Ohio) at 13, Northwood (Fla.) at 12 and Jamestown (N.D.) at 11 - no other school has more than 10 mentions at No. 1... Oregon Tech had its streak of 90-consecutive polls snapped (dating back to Jan. 11, 2005) in the Nov. 27, 2012 poll as the Hustlin' Owls were in the "receiving votes" category.

  

2012 - 13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - Rating No. 6

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2012 – 13 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Eastern Oregon (12)

22-1

343

2

2

William Penn (Iowa) (1)

21-1

332

3

4

Indiana Wesleyan

20-2

321

4

6

St. Thomas (Fla.)

17-4

293

5

3

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

20-3

285

6

8

Warner Pacific (Ore.)

18-4

283

7

10

Northwood (Fla.)

19-2

277

8

5

Northwestern (Iowa)

15-5

270

9

7

Mount Mercy (Iowa)

19-3

256

10

11

Davenport (Mich.)

17-4

249

11

14

Indiana Southeast

17-3

225

12

17

Doane (Neb.)

20-3

204

12

16

Bethel (Ind.)

18-4

204

14

13

Rochester (Mich.)

14-3

203

15

15

Northwest (Wash.)

19-4

200

16

18

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

19-4

188

17

19

Madonna (Mich.)

16-5

167

18

12

Dordt (Iowa)

17-5

164

19

24

Ave Maria (Fla.)

16-3

129

20

22

Grace (Ind.)

15-6

122

21

9

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

17-5

113

22

RV

York (Neb.)

16-4

108

23

RV

Saint Mary

15-5

81

24

20

Valley City State (N.D.)

15-5

79

25

RV

Hastings (Neb.)

17-6

49


Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Wesleyan 48; Cal Maritime 43; Cornerstone (Mich.) 38; Southern Oregon 33; Tennessee Wesleyan 27; Bellevue (Neb.) 26; Taylor (Ind.) 19; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 7; Dakota State (S.D.) 5; Indiana East 3.

   

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