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Unbeaten Gold Rush are ninth in NAIA Division I Top 25

December 13, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Unbeaten Xavier University of Louisiana moved from 10th to ninth in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 on Monday.
     It's the highest rank for the XU men since Feb. 13, 2008, when they were eighth. It's the first time since the 2003-04 season that the Gold Rush made the top 10 in consecutive polls.
     Xavier (10-0) won 85-66 at Loyola in their only game of the past week. It's the first time since 1983-84 and just the second time since World War II that the XU men won their first 10 games.
     Coupled with XU's No. 15 rank in the women's poll, it's the first time since Feb. 3, 2004, that both XU basketball teams are ranked in the top 15. Xavier is one of three NAIA Division I schools — the others are Westminster (Utah) and Azusa Pacific — with both basketball teams in the top 15 this week.
     Xavier's men will play twice before Christmas: 4 p.m. Saturday at William Carey, which received votes in the poll, and 7 p.m. next Monday at NCAA Division I Southern University. The next Gold Rush home game will start at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 against Concordia of Alabama.

   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Robert Morris (Chicago) (9) 10-0 310 1
2 LSU-Shreveport (2) 8-0 294 3
3 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 12-0 293 2
4 Texas Wesleyan 10-0 285 5
5 Concordia (Calif.) 9-2 270 6
6 Westminster (Utah) 10-0 254 7
7 Oklahoma Baptist 7-2 244 8
8 Mountain State 9-2 232 4
9 Xavier 10-0 225 10
10 Azusa Pacific 7-2 218 9
11 Martin Methodist 11-0 217 11
12 Southern Nazarene 7-2 197 13
13 Shorter 9-0 196 12
14 Lindenwood 8-1 195 14
15 St. Catharine 6-2 164 RV
16 Union (Tenn.) 10-3 154 17
17 William Jewell 9-1 136 22-tie
18 Biola 8-1 134 16
19 Park 7-4 130 18
20 Southern Polytechnic 8-2 128 20
21 Oklahoma City 9-2 116 19
22 Montana Western 9-3 91 22-tie
23 Columbia (Mo.) 10-2 67 RV
24 Emmanuel 11-0 63 RV
25 Freed-Hardeman 8-3 52 RV

Others receiving votes: Tougaloo 50, Lindsey Wilson 46, Saint Xavier 44, Pikeville 33, Lubbock Christian 29, Lee (Tenn.) 22, Lewis-Clark State 17, William Carey 16, Evangel 8, Northwestern Oklahoma 5, Benedictine (Kan.) 1, Oklahoma Christian 1, Fresno Pacific 1, Texas College 1, Our Lady of the Lake 1, Point Loma Nazarene 1.

 

 
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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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