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Gold Rush 17th, Tougaloo 13th in NAIA coaches poll

February 21, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — For the first time this season, Xavier University of Louisiana is not the highest ranked team from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
     GCAC rival Tougaloo took the No. 13 position Xavier held last week, and the Gold Rush dropped four places to 17th Monday. Xavier has fallen seven places in the last two polls.
     Xavier (24-4) won 66-57 at Mobile on Thursday and lost 55-54 at home to SUNO on Saturday. The Gold Rush have lost two of three games since a nine-game win streak.
     Xavier will close the regular season with 7 p.m. home games against St. Thomas (Texas) on Tuesday and Dillard on Saturday in the Crosstown Classic. The Gold Rush won at St. Thomas and Dillard earlier this season. Xavier will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament next week, and the Rush will play in the first round March 3 or draw a first-round bye and play in the semifinals March 4. Seedings and pairings will be announced next week.
     Tougaloo, which climbed six spots, has won eight straight and 15 of its last 16 games. Robert Morris (Chicago) is No. 1 for the fifth straight week and received all 12 first-place votes.


   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 20)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Robert Morris (Chicago) (12) 26-1 312 1
2 Mountain State 25-2 296 4
3 Concordia (Calif.) 25-3 290 2
4 Texas Wesleyan 25-2 277 6
5 Martin Methodist 27-1 271 7
6 Azusa Pacific 25-3 270 5
7 Lindenwood 26-3 248 10
8 LSU-Shreveport 23-3 245 3
9 Georgetown (Ky.) 24-4 230 8
10 Oklahoma Baptist 21-6 218 9
11 Union (Tenn.) 23-5 215 14
12 Biola 24-4 196 15
13 Tougaloo 23-4 181 19
14 Lee (Tenn.) 21-7 175 11
15 Southern Nazarene 21-7 168 12
16 Westminster (Utah) 20-6 159 tie-22
17 Xavier 24-4 145 13
18 Cumberlands 16-9 141 18
19 Columbia (Mo.) 22-4 129 RV
20 McKendree 16-11 103 20
21 Montana Western 20-7 84 RV
22 St. Catharine 18-7 83 tie-22
23 Evangel 20-8 79 RV
24 Southern Polytechnic 20-7 74 RV
25 Rogers State 17-9 58 RV

Others receiving votes: Life 51, William Jewell 42, Westmont 31, John Brown 29, Montana State Northern 29; Pikeville 22, Shorter 16, Emmanuel (Ga.) 15, Park 13, Olivet Nazarene 11, Freed-Hardeman 9, Carroll (Mont.) 7, Texas College 7, St. Francis (Ill.) 1, Fresno Pacific 1, Northwestern Oklahoma State 1, Lubbock Christian 1, Cumberland 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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