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Rush surge to 18th, Nuggets fall to 20th in NAIA polls

February 27, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — The men outrank the women for the first time this season.
     The Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball team climbed seven spots to 18th Monday in the NAIA Division I coaches poll. It's the biggest upward move for the Gold Rush (22-7) since December 2010.
     The Gold Nuggets (22-8) fell one spot to 20th in the women's poll but extended their streak of top-25 appearances to 29.
     The Gold Rush won at Fisk and Dillard to earn a share of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship with Tougaloo, which dropped from 17th to 24th in the poll. The XU men matched their highest rank this season.
     The XU women also won at Fisk and Dillard to win the GCAC regular-season title by a game over Talladega, which was among others receiving votes for the third straight week.
     Oklahoma Baptist is the top-ranked men's team for the second straight week, and Oklahoma City's women are No. 1 for the fifth consecutive time.
     Xavier is one of nine schools with men's and women's teams in the top 25. The other schools are Azusa Pacific, Columbia (Mo.), Georgetown (Ky.), Lee (Tenn.), MidAmerica Nazarene, Rogers State, Shorter and Southern Nazarene. A week ago there were 10 such schools, and two weeks there were 11.
     Both Xavier teams will play Fisk on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the GCAC tournaments at Jacksonville, Fla. The Nuggets will play at 10 a.m. EST, and the Rush will play at 4 p.m.

   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 26)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma Baptist (10) 26-3 311 1
2 Shorter (2) 28-2 303 2
3 Southern Poly 25-5 282 5
4-tie Robert Morris (Chicago) 25-4 274 3
4-tie Concordia (Calif.) 24-6 274 4
6 Martin Methodist 24-6 259 6
7 Our Lady of the Lake 23-6 255 7
8 Mountain State 23-7 241 9
9 Lindsey Wilson 20-8 240 8
10 Rogers State 22-7 215 10
11 Point Loma Nazarene 19-8 201 12
12 Georgetown (Ky.) 22-7 195 tie-13
13 John Brown 23-7 190 15
14 LSU-Shreveport 21-7 172 19
15 Lee (Tenn.) 20-7 162 16
16 Columbia (Mo.) 24-6 158 18
17 Montana Western 22-8 141 tie-13
18 Xavier 22-7 136 25
19 Biola 22-8 125 RV
20 Texas Wesleyan 23-6 113 11
21 Montana State Northern 24-6 112 22
22 Azusa Pacific 23-7 89 24
23 Southern Nazarene 21-9 88 23
24 Tougaloo 21-7 87 17
25 MidAmerica Nazarene 22-8 86 RV

Others receiving votes: Cumberland 66, Pikeville 57, Saint Xavier 46, Freed-Hardeman 21, Evangel 18, Olivet Nazarene 12, Cal State San Marcos 6, Westminster (Utah) 6, St. Catharine 6, Westmont 3, Southwestern Assemblies of God 3, Loyola 1, Union (Tenn.) 1, Campbellsville 1, Baker 1, Voorhees 1, Cumberlands 1.

NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 26)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma City (11) 27-1 281 1
2 Union (Tenn.) 28-2 272 2
3 Freed-Hardeman 26-4 263 3
4 Lubbock Christian 24-4 251 6
5-tie Westmont 26-3 240 5
5-tie Lee (Tenn.) 28-2 240 4
7 Shawnee State 25-4 230 7
8 Cumberlands 25-3 218 8
9 Langston 28-2 208 9
10 Olivet Nazarene 27-3 203 10
11 Vanguard 22-5 191 11
12 Azusa Pacific 22-6 187 12
13 Lewis-Clark State 25-4 168 13
14 Westminster (Utah) 20-7 163 16
15 Saint Xavier 21-8 149 14
16 Southern Nazarene 22-8 141 15
17 Georgetown (Ky.) 21-8 139 17
18 Belhaven 23-6 137 18
19 Shorter 25-5 113 20
20 Xavier 22-8 112 19
21 Campbellsville 19-11 93 21
22 MidAmerica Nazarene 22-8 91 22
23 Loyola 23-4 88 23
24 Columbia (Mo.) 22-8 79 24
25 Rogers State 20-10 69 25

Others receiving votes: Biola 47, Lyon 35, William Woods 35, Avila 32, LSU-Shreveport 18, St. Catharine 7, Montana State Northern 1, San Diego Christian 1, St. Gregory's 1, Cumberland 1, Talladega 1, Lindsey Wilson 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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