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Nuggets down a notch to 17th; Rush climb to tie for 18th

January 9, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's women are 17th, and the men are tied for 18th in the NAIA Division I coaches polls announced Monday afternoon.
     The polls are the fourth of the 2011-12 season and the first since Dec. 12. Weekly polls will continue through March 7.
     Xavier's women, 4-2 since the previous poll and 11-5 overall, fell one spot in the rankings. The XU men, 4-2 since the previous poll and 10-4 overall, climbed three places and are tied for their position with Freed-Hardeman.
     All the XU games since the previous poll were on the road. But Tuesday the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will begin five-game home stands with a doubleheader against Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and city rival SUNO. The women's game will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the men's game will start at 7:30.
     Xavier will play more GCAC doubleheaders against Edward Waters on Friday, Fisk on Saturday and Philander Smith next Monday. Both XU teams won at Philander Smith on Saturday in their GCAC openers.
     The Gold Nuggets are in the top 25 for the 22nd consecutive time. The Gold Rush appear in the top 25 for the 15th time in 16 polls.
     Xavier is the only Gulf Coast Athletic Conference school in either top 25. Tougaloo's men once again are 26th, and they missed the top 25 by 17 points.
     Oklahoma City's women are a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight poll. In the men's poll unbeaten Oklahoma Baptist replaced Concordia (Calif.) at No. 1. Concordia dropped to fourth.
     Xavier is one of 11 schools, one fewer than the previous poll, with women's and men's teams in the top 25. The other schools are Azusa Pacific, Campbellsville, Freed-Hardeman, Georgetown (Ky.), Lee (Tenn.), Lindsey Wilson, Saint Xavier, Shorter, Southern Nazarene and Robert Morris (Chicago).

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Jan. 8)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma City (12) 14-0 312 1
2 Union (Tenn.) 15-1 302 2
3 Freed-Hardeman 14-2 292 3
4 Westmont 14-1 278 5
5 Langston 13-0 267 7
6 Lewis-Clark State 15-2 264 4
7 Lee (Tenn.) 14-1 257 9
8 Cumberlands 14-1 242 14
9 Shawnee State 13-3 222 6
10-tie Saint Xavier 12-4 217 10
10-tie Vanguard 9-3 217 8
12 Lubbock Christian 10-3 211 17
13 Azusa Pacific 9-5 184 11
14 Olivet Nazarene 13-3 182 13
15 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-4 168 20
16 Southern Nazarene 11-4 165 15
17 Xavier 11-5 159 16
18 Campbellsville 12-6 138 12
19 Belhaven 12-5 121 RV
20 Lindsey Wilson 12-4 120 22
21 Shorter 11-3 105 18
22 William Woods 10-4 80 RV
23 Robert Morris (Chicago) 11-3 79 21
24 Westminster (Utah) 9-6 71 RV
25 Lyon 12-3 68 RV

Others receiving votes: Biola 63, Loyola 60, MidAmerica Nazarene 55, St. Gregory's 23, Park 20;, LSU-Shreveport 14, Bethel (Tenn.) 13, Avila 5, Montana State Northern 3, Rio Grande 1, Oklahoma Baptist 1, Columbia (Mo.) 1, Montana Western 1, Martin Methodist 1, St. Catharine 1.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Jan. 8)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma Baptist (11) 14-0 312 3
2 Shorter (1) 15-0 298 4
3 Robert Morris (Chicago) 15-1 295 2
4 Concordia (Calif.) 13-2 283 1
5 Georgetown (Ky.) 14-2 265 6
6 Texas Wesleyan 10-2 256 7
7 Azusa Pacific 13-2 248 9
8 Rogers State 13-2 241 5
9 Martin Methodist 11-3 239 8
10 Southern Poly 12-2 221 13
11 Mountain State 11-5 206 11
12 Southern Nazarene 12-3 191 16
13 Montana State Northern 15-2 187 19
14 Lindsey Wilson 11-4 183 18
15 Evangel 13-4 174 14
16 The Master's 12-3 149
17 Our Lady of the Lake 10-3 133 23
18-tie Xavier 10-4 119 21
18-tie Freed-Hardeman 11-5 119 17
20 Biola 12-4 114 15
21 Lee (Tenn.) 9-3 95 RV
22 Campbellsville 11-5 94 25
23 Montana Western 14-4 93 RV
24 Cal State San Marcos 11-6 84
25 Saint Xavier 12-4 70 22

Others receiving votes: Tougaloo 53, Columbia (Mo.) 49, Oklahoma City 46, Westmont 43, Pikeville 27, Westminster (Utah) 23, Cumberland 19, Southwestern Assemblies of God 9, MidAmerica Nazarene 6, St. Catharine 3, John Brown 1, Fresno Pacific 1, Baker 1, Oklahoma Christian 1, Wiley 1, Science & Arts 1, Voorhees 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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