Oregon Tech Men Stay at No. 3, Women Just Out of Top 25
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oregon Tech men stayed at the No. 3 position and the Oregon Tech women just missed the Top 25 at No. 26 in the fourth edition of the NAIA D II Men’s and Women’s Coaches Polls released Monday by the national office.
Men - Northwood (Fla.) remains in the No. 1 position in the fourth edition of the 2011 – 12 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Monday by the national office. The top ranking is the second-straight for the Seahawks as they pull in all 14 first-place votes and 374 total points. Northwood headlines a group of the top four teams to hold their spots from the Dec. 12 edition. With the best win percentage in the NAIA (.944), No. 2 Dordt (Iowa) checks in with 360 total points. Third-ranked Oregon Tech captured 348 total points. The Owls are tied for the early lead in the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings with a 6-1 league mark. Holding at the No. 4 spot with 336 points, Davenport (Mich.) notched a signature win over then-No. 21 Madonna (Mich.) on Jan. 7 by a 79-69 score. No. 5 Grace (Ind.) improved two positions with 331 total points. The Lancers took down two top-20 opponents last week, then-No. 12 Goshen (Mich.) and then-No. 19 Taylor (Ind.).
Oregon Tech is listed with the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 80-straight weeks -- the last time the Hustlin’ Owls were not ranked was on Jan. 11, 2005… In second place is No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) with 45-consecutive mentions.
Click here to see this week’s Men’s Top 25 Poll.
Women - Indiana Wesleyan maintained its hold on the top spot by remaining a unanimous No. 1 selection for the fourth-consecutive week in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Wildcats received all 14 first-place votes for 374 points. The top five teams held from the Dec. 12 poll, although with shuffling in the Nos. 2 through 4 slots. No. 2 Briar Cliff (Iowa) and No. 3 Davenport (Mich.) are each up one spot with 352 and 351 points, respectively. No. 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) slides back two places with 347 points due to losses to Biola (Calif.) on Dec. 29 and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on Dec. 30. No. 5 Morningside (Iowa) remains in the same slot after collecting 324 points.
Click here to see this week’s Women’s Top 25 Poll.
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