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NAIA coaches polls: Gold Rush 20th, Gold Nuggets 22nd
October 25, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Both Xavier University of Louisiana teams are in the top 25 of the NAIA Division I Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Polls announced Monday. Xavier's men are 20th, and the women are 22nd.
     The Gold Rush, 18-13 last season, received 118 points and earned their first preseason top-25 berth since a No. 10 ranking in 2007-08. Xavier returns three starters, including All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference guard Michael Harvey, and will open the season at 4 p.m. Saturday against Webber International at The Barn.
     The Gold Nuggets, 28-6 and winner of the GCAC regular-season and tournament championships, collected 120 points to earn their second preseason top-25 berth in three years and their sixth in nine seasons. All-GCAC guard Jasmine Grant and three starters are among the returnees for the Nuggets, who will tip off their season at 7 p.m. Friday against Florida Memorial at The Barn.
     It's the first top-25 appearance for XU's men since a No. 13 ranking on Feb. 20, 2008. The Gold Nuggets were 20th in the final poll of 2009-10 and ranked as high as 19th last season.
     Xavier is one of 12 schools with men's and women's teams in the preseason top 25. The first regular-season polls will be announced Dec. 6.


2010-11 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll
RANK LAST POLL* SCHOOL (1ST-PLACE VOTES) 2009-10 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 15 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) (6) 28-10 307
2 6 Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) (5) 27-8 302
3 3 Mountain State University (W.Va.) 27-3 287
4 14 Robert Morris University (Ill.) (1) 22-11 270
5 1 Concordia University (Calif.) 31-4 268
6 2 Oklahoma Baptist University 30-3 253
7 19 Southern Polytechnic State University (Ga.) 29-6 247
8 8 McKendree University (Ill.) 27-7 235
9 11 Georgetown College (Ky.) 26-7 230
10 10 Union University (Tenn.) 26-8 221
11 18 Texas Wesleyan University 24-10 218
T12 12 Lee University (Tenn.) 28-8 188
T12 4 Westminster College (Utah) 27-6 188
14 RV Lindenwood University (Mo.) 23-10 184
15 9 Louisiana State University-Shreveport 28-6 170
16 5 Biola University (Calif.) 29-6 152
17 7 Campbellsville University (Ky.) 26-8 150
18 RV Oklahoma Christian University 23-10 131
19 24 Park University (Mo.) 23-10 124
20 NR Xavier University (La.) 18-13 118
21 17 Life University (Ga.) 20-12 103
22 RV Evangel University (Mo.) 20-13 79
23 RV Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) 22-11 75
24 RV John Brown University (Ark.) 26-10 67
25 RV Montana State University-Northern 22-10 62
Others receiving votes: Westmont College (Calif.) 56; St. Catharine College (Ky.) 53; Saint Xavier University (Ill.) 48; Belhaven University (Miss.) 47; William Carey University (Miss.) 16; Tougaloo College (Miss.) 15; William Jewell College (Mo.) 15; Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) 14; Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas) 7; Oklahoma City University 5; Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) 4; Lambuth University (Tenn.) 1; Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) 1; Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) 1; Cumberland University (Tenn.) 1; University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) 1; Central Methodist University (Mo.) 1; Pikeville College (Ky.) 1; Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) 1; Texas College 1; Columbia College (Mo.) 1.

* Final ranking of the 2009-10 season on March 2, 2010

2010-11 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll
RANK LAST POLL* SCHOOL (1ST-PLACE VOTES) 2009-10 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Union University (Tenn.) (11) 36-2 312
2 7 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) (1) 29-7 302
3 6 Oklahoma City University 32-4 290
4 5 Campbellsville University (Ky.) 33-3 279
5 3 Vanguard University (Calif.) 27-3 269
6 2 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) 31-2 266
7 10 Lee University (Tenn.) 31-6 248
8 4 Oklahoma Baptist University 31-4 237
9 13 Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) 27-7 234
10 9 Westminster College (Utah) 27-7 223
11 13 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) 29-6 204
12 16 University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) 26-9 185
13 21 Biola University (Calif.) 20-12 171
14 19 Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) 22-11 160
15 22 Langston University (Okla.) 26-8 153
16 15 William Woods University (Mo.) 29-3 150
17 8 Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) 26-5 133
18 RV Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) 20-12 131
19 17 Bethel University (Tenn.) 22-11 129
20 23 Lubbock Christian University (Texas) 19-12 128
21 18 Southern Polytechnic State University (Ga.) 30-5 126
22 20 Xavier University (La.) 28-6 120
23 11 Columbia College (Mo.) 28-6 112
24 RV Evangel University (Mo.) 23-10 98
25 12 McKendree University (Ill.) 25-7 67
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Christian University 55; Simon Fraser University (B.C.) 36; William Jewell College (Mo.) 36; Carroll College (Mont.) 33; Shorter University (Ga.) 25; Wayland Baptist University (Texas) 17; Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) 9; Shawnee State University (Ohio) 7; The Master's College (Calif.) 7; Lyon College (Ark.) 6; Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) 3; Westmont College (Calif.) 1; Indiana University-South Bend 1; Georgetown College (Ky.) 1; Avila University (Mo.) 1; Montana Tech 1; Baker University (Kan.) 1; Southwestern Assemblies (Texas) 1;Talladega College (Ala.) 1.

* Final ranking of the 2009-10 season on March 2, 2010

 

 
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