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Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is represented by #23 University of Saint Mary in the seventh edition of the 2012 -13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.  The poll, announced Tuesday, January 29, has Sterling College receiving votes.

   

Saint Mary moves up from #23 to #21 following two conference wins over Kansas Wesleyan (83-79) and Friends (71-57) last week. The Spires are undefeated in conference play (12-0), so far this season, and own a 14-game win streak dating back to November 27, 2012. .

 

Saint Mary travels to RV Sterling College (KCAC No. 2) on Thursday (1/31) and hosts McPherson, Saturday (2/2).  USM defeated Sterling, 67-59, in Leavenworth on 12/8 and beat McPherson, 87-73, in McPherson on 1/3.

  

KCAC Men's Basketball Standings

 

Behind 10-straight wins, Eastern Oregon remains at No. 1 in the poll, announced Tuesday by the national office.  With the most wins in the NAIA at 24-1, Eastern Oregon was victorious in the NAIA Game of the Week Jan. 26 against then-No. 15 Northwest (Wash.).

 

For the second-straight week, No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) collected the remaining first-place vote.  No. 3 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) continues its dominance in the top five moving up two spots. With a loss to then-No. 20 Grace (Ind.) on Jan. 22, Indiana Wesleyan slips one spot to No. 4. Holding the No. 5 spot with 292 points is Northwestern (Iowa).

 

No. 12 Saint Xavier (Ill.) is the biggest positive mover this week, up four positions. Winners of nine-straight, the Cougars are 1.5 games behind Cardinal Stritch in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. No. 14 Warner Pacific (Ore.), one week after a No. 6 ranking, falls the farthest of any team within the poll.

 

No. 25 Tennessee Wesleyan breaks an absence that dates back to the Preseason Top 25 poll on Oct. 23, 2012 when it was No. 17. Hastings (Neb.) (No. 25), one week after its first ranking since 2010, falls out.

 

The Sun Conference lands four Top 25 programs, which is the most of any conference or independent.

 

The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Crossroads League and Great Plains Athletic Conference each place a triplet of teams on the list. Overall, 12 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 eighth regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 5.

 

For more information on the polls, click here.

 

NOTES: (All information dates back to 1991 - 1992 season, which is the start of Division II) With four-straight mentions at No. 1, Eastern Oregon holds the longest stretch at No. 1 since former member Walsh (Ohio) went eight-consecutive posts during 2010 - 11 season... Three different teams have been ranked No. 1 this year: Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Eastern Oregon and Northwood (Fla.)... There have been 41 different teams to be listed in the Top 25 this year... Northwood holds the longest active streak of being ranked with 61-consecutive mentions (dating back to Feb. 6, 2008) and right behind is Davenport (Mich.) with 45-straight, followed by Indiana-Southwest (39), Grace (Ind.) (33) and Northwestern (Iowa) (29)... 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. 7

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2012 – 13 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Eastern Oregon (12)

24-1

343

2

2

William Penn (Iowa) (1)

23-1

332

3

5

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

22-3

317

4

3

Indiana Wesleyan

21-3

310

5

8

Northwestern (Iowa)

17-5

292

6

7

Northwood (Fla.)

21-2

286

7

4

St. Thomas (Fla.)

17-5

274

8

9

Mount Mercy (Iowa)

21-3

268

9

10

Davenport (Mich.)

19-4

262

10

11

Indiana Southeast

18-3

242

11

14

Rochester (Mich.)

15-3

218

12

16

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

20-4

211

13

12

Bethel (Ind.)

19-5

210

14

6

Warner Pacific (Ore.)

18-6

205

15

18

Dordt (Iowa)

19-5

201

16

12

Doane (Neb.)

21-4

180

17

20

Grace (Ind.)

17-6

161

18

19

Ave Maria (Fla.)

18-3

160

19

22

York (Neb.)

18-4

139

20

15

Northwest (Wash.)

19-6

119

21

23

Saint Mary

18-5

112

22

24

Valley City State (N.D.)

17-5

109

23

21

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

18-6

81

24

17

Madonna (Mich.)

16-7

80

25

RV

Tennessee Wesleyan

16-7

58


Others receiving votes: Cal Maritime 55; Oklahoma Wesleyan 50; Taylor (Ind.) 39; Hastings (Neb.) 36; Bellevue (Neb.) 25; Indiana East 13; Southern Oregon 12; Sterling 12; Indiana Tech 7; Dakota State (S.D.) 5; Midland (Neb.) 4.

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