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Gold Nuggets 16th and Gold Rush 21st in NAIA polls

December 12, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Back where they were in the preseason. That summarizes the position of the Xavier University of Louisiana basketball teams in the third NAIA Division I coaches polls of 2011-12.
     The Gold Nuggets (7-3) climbed from 17th to 16th in the women's poll, and the Gold Rush (6-2) returned to 21st in the men's poll after falling out of the top 25 a week ago.
     The new rankings were announced late Monday afternoon. The next polls will be conducted Jan. 9.
     It's the first time in Dannton Jackson's nine seasons as head coach that the Gold Rush dropped out of the top 25, then returned in the next poll. Coach Bo Browder's Gold Nuggets made their 21st consecutive appearance in the top 25 — their longest streak since appearing in 34 straight top 25s from Jan. 13, 2003-March 8, 2005.
     The XU women, who did not play this past week, will travel to city rival Loyola at 2 p.m. Saturday. Loyola received 32 poll points to rank 28th.
     The XU men, a 62-45 winner at home this past week against Mobile, will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday against William Carey. The Gold Rush will visit Loyola at 4 p.m. Saturday.
     Xavier is the only Gulf Coast Athletic Conference school in either top 25. Tougaloo's men, tied for 20th a week ago, fell to 26th and missed the top 25 by three points. Tougaloo's women, who have not received a vote this season, beat then-No. 23 Belhaven 64-60 at Tougaloo on Saturday to help knock the Blazers out of the top 25.
     Oklahoma City's women are a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week. In the men's poll Concordia (Calif.) and Robert Morris (Chicago) are 1-2 after sharing the top spot one week ago.
     Oklahoma City will be the Gold Nuggets' opponent at 4 p.m. PST on Dec. 20 in the Las Vegas Hoopla. It will be the Nuggets' first game against a top-ranked team since losing 91-53 to Oklahoma City in the opening round of the NAIA Division I National Championship at Jackson, Tenn., on March 21, 2003.
     Xavier is one of 12 schools, three more than a week ago, with women's and men's teams in the top 25. The other schools are Azusa Pacific, Campbellsville, Cumberlands, Freed-Hardeman, Georgetown (Ky.), Lindsey Wilson, Saint Xavier, Shorter, Southern Nazarene, Robert Morris and Rogers State. The women and men of Azusa Pacific and Cumberlands are in the top 15.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Dec. 11)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma City (11) 7-0 281 1
2 Union (Tenn.) 11-1 272 2
3 Freed-Hardeman 9-2 263 4
4 Lewis-Clark State 9-1 252 5
5 Westmont 10-1 243 6
6 Shawnee State 10-2 233 7
7 Langston 9-0 226 8
8 Vanguard 6-1 215 10
9 Lee (Tenn.) 9-1 207 9
10 Saint Xavier 9-2 195 13
11 Azusa Pacific 5-3 192 3
12 Campbellsville 9-3 188 14
13 Olivet Nazarene 10-2 170 11
14 Cumberlands 10-1 169 15
15 Southern Nazarene 6-3 156 16
16 Xavier 7-3 143 17
17 Lubbock Christian 6-3 136 19
18 Shorter 9-1 128 18
19 Bethel (Tenn.) 6-4 112 12
20 Georgetown (Ky.) 10-3 102 21
21 Robert Morris (Chicago) 9-1 100 22
22 Lindsey Wilson 8-3 89 25
23 Columbia (Mo.) 8-4 86 20
24 Rocky Mountain 10-2 68 24
25 Rogers State 9-3 52 RV

Others receiving votes: William Woods 46, Biola 39, Loyola 32, Avila 22, Belhaven 19, LSU-Shreveport 12, Lyon 6, Park 5, Westminster (Utah) 4, Benedictine (Kan.) 3, St. Gregory's 3, Montana Western 1, The Master's 1, St. Francis (Ill.) 1, St. Catharine 1.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Dec. 11)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Concordia (Calif.) (8) 9-0 309 tie-1
2 Robert Morris (Chicago) (4) 10-0 304 tie-1
3 Oklahoma Baptist 9-0 293 3
4 Shorter 11-0 282 5
5 Rogers State 8-0 265 6
6 Georgetown (Ky.) 11-1 261 4
7 Texas Wesleyan 6-1 258 7
8 Martin Methodist 9-2 236 8
9 Azusa Pacific 7-2 233 10
10 Westminster (Utah) 10-2 215 11
11 Mountain State 9-4 212 9
12 Cumberlands 9-2 198 12
13 Southern Poly 8-2 192 18
14 Evangel 10-3 181 14
15 Biola 7-2 163 15
16 Southern Nazarene 6-2 161 13
17 Freed-Hardeman 9-3 155 19
18 Lindsey Wilson 7-3 136 16
19 Montana State Northern 12-2 130 17
20 John Brown 10-2 116 tie-20
21 Xavier 6-2 112 RV
22 Saint Xavier 8-3 101 23
23 Our Lady of the Lake 7-3 70 24
24 Fresno Pacific 6-3 62 25
25 Campbellsville 8-3 61 NR

Others receiving votes: Tougaloo 58, Southwestern Assemblies of God 50;, Columbia (Mo.) 40, Montana Western 31, Cumberland 19, Oklahoma Christian 17, Shawnee State 14, MidAmerica Nazarene 6, Baker 5, Westmont 5, Great Falls 1, Lee (Tenn.) 1, Spring Hill 1, Hope International 1, Oklahoma City 1; Voorhees 1, Pikeville (Ky.) 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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