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Gold Rush in preseason top 25 for 3rd consecutive year

October 23, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — For the third consecutive season, Xavier University of Louisiana earned a spot in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. Xavier is 19th, its highest preseason ranking since 2007. The poll was announced Tuesday.
     The Gold Rush, 23-9 in 2011-12 and the defending Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season co-champion, are in the top 25 for the 12th consecutive time and the 25th time in 26 polls dating to the start of the 2010-11 season. Xavier's highest ranking last season was 18th twice.
     The next poll will be announced Dec. 4.
     The XU men on Tuesday evening conducted their first practice in the new Convocation Center. The building will be dedicated Nov. 3, and the Gold Rush will play Morehouse at 1 p.m. that day. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the XU athletics administration office in The Barn. Call (504) 520-7329 for more information.
     The Gold Rush will attempt to reach 20 victories for the third consecutive year and the eighth time in 10 seasons. The Gold Rush have not finished with a losing record since 1989-90.
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records are from 2011-12 season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Concordia (Calif.) (9) 31-7 250 1
2 Oklahoma Baptist (1) 32-5 242 2
3 Georgetown (Ky.) 26-9 231 5
4 Robert Morris (Chicago) 27-5 230 10
5 Rogers State 24-9 211 8
6 Southern Poly 25-7 208 11
7 Our Lady of the Lake 27-8 206 12
8 Westmont 19-9 195 RV
9 Pikeville 17-12 188 RV
10 Columbia (Mo.) 27-7 170 13
11 Lindsey Wilson 21-10 153 14
12 Freed-Hardeman 21-11 145 RV
13-tie Biola 27-9 139 6
13-tie Westminster (Utah) 21-11 139 NR
15 Lee (Tenn.) 20-9 135 18
16 MidAmerica Nazarene 25-9 132 19
17-tie John Brown 24-9 128 17
17-tie Texas Wesleyan 25-8 128 23
19 Xavier 23-9 119 24
20 Cal State San Marcos 19-12 107 NR
21 Evangel 24-10 80 22
22 Martin Methodist 28-7 72 9
23 Montana State Northern 27-7 68 21
24 SUNO 17-14 61 20
25 Cumberlands 20-12 50 RV

Others receiving votes: Southwestern Assemblies of God 34, Montana Western 29, Loyola 24, Lubbock Christian 21, Life 20, Tougaloo 15, Campbellsville 9, Missouri Baptist 8, West Virginia Tech 7, LSU-Shreveport 6, Baker 3, Oklahoma City 3.

 

 
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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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New Orleans, LA 70125
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