Oregon Tech Moves up to No. 5 in NAIA DII Coaches Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oregon Tech moved up one spot to No. 5 in the 2011 - 12 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Monday by the national office. Oregon Tech moved to 10-1 on the season and 2-0 in Cascade Collegiate play with a weekend sweep at home over Corban University and Northwest Christian.
Indiana Wesleyan stays at the No. 1 position for the second-straight week. Holding at No. 2 is Northwood (Fla.) with one first-place nod and 359 total points. For the third-straight week, Davenport (Mich.) captured the No. 3 position with 355 points and the remaining two-first-place votes. Dordt (Iowa) and Oregon Tech both move up one spot to Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
Oregon Tech was joined in the poll by four other Cascade Conference teams. Northwest University rose from No. 13 to No. 11 after beating The Evergreen State. Warner Pacific jumped from No. 17 to No. 13 after sweeping The College of Idaho and Eastern at home. Eastern Oregon University slid from No. 21 to No. 24 following a weekend split in Portland. And, Southern Oregon received four votes after knocking off Corban and Northwest Christian in Ashland, Ore.
Last week’s No. 1 ranking for Indiana Wesleyan was the first for the program in the history of Division II polls dating back to the 1991-92 season… No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan is the fourth-different team since the start of 2010-11 season to earn the top spot… Embry-Riddle (Fla.) owns the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 with 17; No. 5 Oregon Tech, Oklahoma Wesleyan and former NAIA member Walsh (Ohio) have posted 12 mentions at No. 1… Oregon Tech is listed with the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 78-straight weeks -- the last time the Hustlin’ Owls were not ranked was on Jan. 11, 2005… In second place is No. 2 Northwood (Fla.) with 43-consecutive mentions.
Oregon Tech will play host to Johnson and Wales (Colorado) in a pair of games this weekend playing at 7:30 pm both Friday and Saturday at Danny Miles Court.
For the complete NAIA DII Coaches Poll click on the link below.
NAIA D II Coaches Poll
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