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Gold Rush return to top 10 for the first time in five weeks

February 7, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — For the first time in five weeks and the third time this season, Xavier University of Louisiana is in the top 10 of the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
     The poll was released Monday, about two hours before Xavier's game at Spring Hill.
     The Gold Rush climbed to 10th after two consecutive weeks at No. 11. Last week XU's men won 71-52 at home against Belhaven and 89-75 at Dillard to extend their win streak to eight games.
     Xavier's highest position this season was ninth on Dec. 13.
     The other Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team in the top 25, Tougaloo, climbed one spot to 21st, its highest position of the season. Tougaloo will play host to Xavier at 7 p.m. Saturday and is 3-0 since its 77-67 loss at Xavier on Jan. 22.
     Robert Morris (Chicago) is No. 1 for the third straight week, again edging Concordia (Calif.) by three points for the top spot. The first-place votes were the same as a week ago, with Robert Morris receiving seven and Concordia the other five. Montana Western, Pikeville and Montana State Northern replaced St. Catharine, Westminster (Utah) and Lewis-Clark State in the top 25.


   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 6)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Robert Morris (Chicago) (7) 21-1 308 1
2 Concordia (Calif.) (5) 22-2 305 2
3 LSU-Shreveport 21-1 292 3
4 Mountain State 21-2 278 4
5 Azusa Pacific 21-3 261 7
6 Texas Wesleyan 20-2 259 5
7 Oklahoma Baptist 18-4 254 8
8 Martin Methodist 22-1 245 9
9 Georgetown (Ky.) 22-3 234 6
10 Xavier 22-2 221 11
11 Lindenwood 21-3 212 10
12 Lee (Tenn.) 19-5 197 15
13 Southern Nazarene 19-5 185 12
14 Columbia (Mo.) 20-3 176 21
15 William Jewell 19-3 168 17
16 Union (Tenn.) 19-5 159 14
17 Park 15-5 149 13
18 Biola 20-4 142 18
19 Montana Western 18-6 129 RV
20 Cumberlands 13-8 114 19
21 Tougaloo 18-4 102 22
22 Shorter 19-5 77 23
23 Northwestern Oklahoma State 16-7 75 24
24 Pikevile 20-5 71 RV
25 Montana State Northern 16-7 69 RV

Others receiving votes: St. Francis (Ill.) 50, Southern Polytechnic 50, Life 42, St. Catharine 32, Freed-Hardeman 21, Westmont 19, John Brown 18, Carroll (Mont.) 16, Westminster (Utah) 7, Rogers State 1, McKendree 1, Our Lady of the Lake 1, Evangel 1, Emmanuel 1, Cumberland 1, Point Loma Nazarene 1, Texas College 1, Fresno Pacific 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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