Oregon Tech Remains at No. 2
Oregon Tech hosted Southern Oregon to a packed Danny Miles Court. The Owls won Saturday's contest 78-60. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oregon Tech men held their position at the No. 2 spot in the eighth edition of the NAIA D II Men’s Basketball Poll released Monday by the national office. The Owls tallied 359 points in the poll and moved to 23-3 and on the season after dropping rival Southern Oregon, 78-60, in the Owls’ only game of the week.
Northwood (Fla.) was the unanimous selection at No. 1 for the second-straight week. The Seahawks, who pulled in 343 total points, are riding a seven-game winning streak.
For the fourth-straight week Davenport locked down the third spot with 320 points. Standing with a 22-3 record, Dordt (Iowa) slides up one slot to No. 4 with 312 points. No. 5 Grace (Ind.) improved three positions with 298 points. That surge up the ranking was the highest this week for any team within the poll.
The Hustlin' Owls will look to remain in the top of the national poll where Tech will host their final two regular season home games, including a clash with No. 8 Northwest (Wash.) on Saturday after a date with Evergreen State (Wash.) on Friday.
Three other Cascade Conference teams remain in the national ranking with Northwest University jumping from No. 11 to the No. 8 spot, Warner Pacific falling from No. 10 to No. 12 and Southern Oregon University receiving votes. Eastern Oregon, receiving votes in last week’s poll, dropped out of the poll in week eight.
There are three teams to be ranked in the No. 1 spot this year (Northwood (Fla.), Oregon Tech and Indiana Wesleyan). No. 2 Oregon Tech has spent 17-straight polls ranked in the top 10, dating back to Jan. 10, 2011. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) owns the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 with 17; Oregon Tech is next with 13, followed by Oklahoma Wesleyan and former NAIA member Walsh (Ohio) at 12 mentions each. Oregon Tech is listed with the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 84-straight weeks - the last time the Hustlin' Owls were not ranked was on Jan. 11, 2005.
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