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9-1 Gold Rush are 13th in poll after climbing six places

December 4, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — Nine victories in the first 10 games helped Xavier University of Louisiana climb six spots to 13th Tuesday in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
     The poll is the first since the NAIA announced preseason rankings Oct. 23. The next two polls will be announced Dec. 11 and Jan. 8.
     The Gold Rush defeated NCAA Division II opponents Morehouse and Tuskegee en route to a 6-0 start. William Carey won 78-68 at Xavier on Nov. 19, but since then Xavier won three in a row to give Dannton Jackson his sixth start of 9-1 or better in 10 seasons as head coach.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 13th consecutive time and the 26th time in 27 polls.
     Oklahoma Baptist is No. 1. One of Xavier's city and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rivals, SUNO, climbed three places to 21st. A third GCAC school, second-year member Philander Smith, received three points to tie for 34th. William Carey, which received no votes in the preseason, is 15th.
     Coupled with Xavier's No. 10 position in the new women's poll, it's the first time since Feb. 7, 2011 — and just the second time since the start of the 2004-05 season — that both XU basketball teams are among the NAIA's top 13.
     Both XU teams will play city rival Loyola on Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The men will tip off at 7:30 p.m. and follow a 5:30 women's game. Loyola was the other school to receive three points in the men's poll.
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Dec. 2)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Oklahoma Baptist (9) 9-1 279 2
2 Cumberlands (1) 10-0 266 25
3 Lee (Tenn.) 9-0 264 15
4-tie Pikeville 11-1 246 9
4-tie Rogers State 9-1 246 5
6 Columbia (Mo.) (1) 9-0 236 10
7 Westminster (Utah) 9-1 235 tie-13
8 Lindsey Wilson 9-1 217 11
9 Cal State San Marcos 7-3 201 20
10 Lewis-Clark State 10-0 188 NR
11 Texas Wesleyan 6-1 181 tie-17
12 MidAmerica Nazarene 9-2 179 16
13 Xavier 9-1 177 19
14 Science & Arts 7-1 176 NR
15 William Carey 7-1 160 NR
16 Evangel 8-3 152 21
17 Faulkner 10-1 116 NR
18-tie Campbellsville 7-2 112 RV
18-tie Life 6-3 112 RV
20 Southwestern Assemblies of God 7-1 111 RV
21 SUNO 3-1 106 24
22 Oklahoma City 5-1 101 RV
23 Montana State Northern 11-2 95 23
24 Bethel (Tenn.) 11-1 75 NR
25 John Brown 8-1 72 tie-17

Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 47, Texas College 39, Rocky Mountain 27, West Virginia Tech 19, Central Methodist 18, Emmanuel (Ga.) 18, Park 9, Wiley 5, Philander Smith 3, Loyola 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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