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Gold Rush drop three spots to 13th in NAIA coaches poll

February 14, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — A loss to another ranked team from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference caused Xavier University of Louisiana to drop from 10th to 13th in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 announced Monday.
     The Gold Rush, a 91-77 loser Saturday at Tougaloo, lost ground in the rankings for the first time in five weeks. Tougaloo took advantage of the victory, its 12th in 13 games, and climbed to its highest position of the season, 19th.
     Xavier's other game last week was a 65-54 victory at Spring Hill.
     Xavier's ranking is its lowest since Jan. 10, but the Gold Rush have not been any lower in the eight regular-season polls. XU was 20th in the preseason.
     The XU men (23-3) will play their final regular-season road game Thursday at Mobile, then close with three straight games at The Barn, beginning with GCAC, HBCU and city rival SUNO at 7 p.m. Saturday.
     Robert Morris (Chicago) is No. 1 for the fourth straight week, again edging Concordia (Calif.) by three points for the top spot. There are four teams in the top 25 that weren't there last week: McKendree, Emmanuel (Ga.), Westminster (Utah) and St. Catharine. McKendree is in the top 25 for the first time since being No. 8 in the preseason, and the other three were there in January.


   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 13)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Robert Morris (Chicago) (7) 24-1 308 1
2 Concordia (Calif.) (5) 24-2 305 2
3 LSU-Shreveport 23-1 292 3
4 Mountain State 23-2 279 4
5 Azusa Pacific 23-3 263 5
6 Texas Wesleyan 22-2 258 6
7 Martin Methodist 24-1 253 8
8 Georgetown (Ky.) 23-3 241 9
9 Oklahoma Baptist 20-5 239 7
10 Lindenwood 23-3 233 11
11 Lee (Tenn.) 21-5 207 12
12 Southern Nazarene 21-5 202 13
13 Xavier 23-3 189 10
14 Union (Tenn.) 20-5 185 16
15 Biola 22-4 165 18
16 Montana State Northern 18-7 149 25
17 William Jewell 21-4 147 15
18 Cumberlands 15-8 134 20
19 Tougaloo 20-4 116 21
20 McKendree 15-11 108 RV
21 Emmanuel (Ga.) 20-6 92 RV
22-tie St. Catharine 17-6 88 RV
22-tie Westminster (Utah) 19-6 88 RV
24 Park 16-6 85 17
25 Northwestern Oklahoma State 17-8 75 23

Others receiving votes: Columbia (Mo.) 52, Montana Western 46, Southern Polytechnic 29, Freed-Hardeman 19, Westmont 19, Pikeville 19, John Brown 19, Evangel 13, St. Francis (Ill.) 11, Shorter 10, Life 6, Rogers State 3, Olivet Nazarene 1, Fresno Pacific 1, Lubbock Christian 1, Point Loma Nazarene 1, Cumberland 1, Carroll (Mont.) 1, Benedictine (Kan.) 1, Texas College 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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