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Nuggets 17th in NAIA coaches poll; Rush fall from top 25

December 5, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's women's basketball team dropped from 16th to 17th in the NAIA Division I coaches poll. XU's men missed the top 25 by eight points after ranking 21st in the preseason.
     Both polls, which were announced late Monday afternoon, are the first of the regular season.
     The Gold Nuggets (7-3) have two victories against teams in the top 25, including a 56-51 home decision Saturday against Shorter, which climbed from 21st to 18th. The other XU victory was 79-76 on Nov. 12 at Georgetown (Ky.), which moved into the rankings at 21st. Two Xavier losses are to unbeaten teams.
     The Gold Rush (5-2), ranked in every top 25 this past season, received 54 points to rank 26th. Fresno Pacific is 25th with 62 points.
     Xavier's men won their first four games before losing 78-67 at Wiley on Nov. 26 and 66-59 at home to city rival Loyola this past Tuesday. The Gold Rush rebounded by winning 78-61 at home against Concordia (Ala.) on Saturday.
     There will be another ranking of the men and women next Monday, followed by the third regular-season polls in early January.
     Oklahoma City, Xavier's opponent Dec. 20 in the Vegas Hoopla event at Las Vegas, replaced defending champion Azusa Pacific as the No. 1 women's team. Robert Morris (Chicago) and Concordia (Calif.) share the No. 1 men's ranking. Pikeville, the defending men's champion and preseason No. 1, dropped to 22nd.
     The only Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's team in the top 25 is Tougaloo, which fell from 13th into a tie for 20th with John Brown.
     The Gold Rush will play Mobile at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Barn. The Gold Nuggets are idle until a 2 p.m. game Dec. 17 at Loyola.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Dec. 4)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma City (12) 6-0 312 3
2 Union (Tenn.) 10-1 298 2
3 Azusa Pacific 5-1 296 1
4 Freed-Hardeman 9-0 278 6
5 Lewis-Clark State 8-1 274 5
6 Westmont 8-1 253 20
7 Shawnee State 8-2 241 4
8 Langston 8-0 232 19
9 Lee (Tenn.) 9-0 230 15
10 Vanguard 6-1 228 10
11 Olivet Nazarene 8-1 210 12
12 Bethel (Tenn.) 6-2 202 6
13 Saint Xavier 9-2 195 13
14 Campbellsville 7-3 186 8
15 Cumberlands 8-1 165 RV
16 Southern Nazarene 5-3 162 11
17 Xavier 7-3 154 16
18 Shorter 8-1 136 21
19 Lubbock Christian 5-3 133 17
20 Columbia (Mo.) 7-3 107 18
21 Georgetown (Ky.) 9-1 106 RV
22 Robert Morris (Chicago) 9-1 89 RV
23 Belhaven 7-2 88 25
24 Rocky Mountain 9-2 68 RV
25 Lindsey Wilson 6-3 60 14

Others receiving votes: William Woods 56, Rogers State 56, Avila 24, Biola 24, Westminster (Utah) 22, The Master's 17, Loyola 15, Lyon 15, Park 14, LSU-Shreveport 11, Benedictine (Kan.) 4, Oklahoma Baptist 1, St. Gregory's 1, Graceland 1, Montana Western 1.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Dec. 4)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1-tie Robert Morris (Chicago) (6) 9-0 306 3
1-tie Concordia (Calif.) (5) 8-0 306 4
3 Oklahoma Baptist 8-0 292 7
4 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 10-0 284 8
5 Shorter 9-0 269 12
6 Rogers State 7-0 261 11
7 Texas Wesleyan 6-1 251 10
8 Martin Methodist 8-2 237 5
9 Mountain State 8-3 236 2
10 Azusa Pacific 6-2 219 9
11 Westminster (Utah) 10-2 208 RV
12 Cumberlands 8-1 206 RV
13 Southern Nazarene 6-1 195 18
14 Evangel 9-3 181 19
15 Biola 6-1 176 15
16 Lindsey Wilson 7-3 136 NR
17 Montana State Northern 11-2 133 15
18 Southern Poly 6-2 130 20
19 Freed-Hardeman 7-3 124 RV
20-tie Tougaloo 9-4 119 13
20-tie John Brown 9-1 119 NR
22 Pikeville 7-3 102 1
23 Saint Xavier 7-3 80 24
24 Our Lady of the Lake 5-3 74 RV
25 Fresno Pacific 6-3 62 25

Others receiving votes: Xavier 54, Columbia (Mo.) 43, Voorhees 32, Baker 28, Montana Western 26, Cumberland 22, William Carey 19, Southwestern Assemblies of God 8, Oklahoma Christian 4, MidAmerica Nazarene 3, Lee (Tenn.) 1, Spring Hill 1, Northwestern Oklahoma 1, Olivet Nazarene 1, Carroll (Mont.) 1, Westmont 1, St. Catharine 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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