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Rush are 13th in NAIA rankings after dropping two spots

January 29, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — For the third time this season and the second time in three weeks, Xavier University of Louisiana is 13th in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Gold Rush dropped two places in the rankings, which were announced Tuesday afternoon.
     Voting was based on games through Sunday. The Gold Rush split a pair of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference games, losing 74-65 at home to Fisk on Jan. 21 and winning 54-34 Saturday at city rival Dillard. Against the Bleu Devils, the XU men allowed their fewest points in a road game since the program resumed in 1967-68.
     Xavier shares first place in the GCAC with Philander Smith, which is 23rd for the second consecutive week and in the top 25 for the third straight week. Also receiving votes from the GCAC was SUNO, which is 30th with 18 points.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 31st time in 32 polls and the 56th time overall during Dannton Jackson's 10 seasons as head coach. Xavier's current streak is 18 consecutive polls, fifth longest among this week's top 25.
     Xavier will play its next two games at the Convocation Center against GCAC opponents: noon Saturday against Talladega and 7:30 p.m. Monday against Edward Waters.
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Jan. 27)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 22-0 281 1
2 Lee (Tenn.) 19-1 272 2
3 Lewis-Clark State 21-2 254 tie-4
4 Lindsey Wilson 19-2 252 7
5 Westmont 18-3 250 6
6 John Brown 18-4 237 tie-4
7 Pikeville 18-3 228 3
8 Cal State San Marcos 18-4 211 9
9 Oklahoma Baptist 18-4 208 10
10 Emmanuel (Ga.) 20-2 194 14
11 Bethel (Tenn.) 20-2 188 12
12 Hope International 20-2 171 15
13 Xavier 18-4 167 11
14 Southwestern Assemblies of God 18-3 163 16
15 Montana State Northern 18-5 156 13
16 Faulkner 19-3 130 20
17 MidAmerica Nazarene 17-6 129 17
18 William Carey 17-4 127 8
19 Westminster (Utah) 18-4 120 22
20 Rogers State 16-6 112 18
21 Evangel 16-5 107 19
22 Cumberlands 17-5 101 25
23 Philander Smith 15-5 97 23
24 LSU-Shreveport 15-4 74 RV
25 Arizona Christian 13-5 48 RV

Others receiving votes: Mid-America Christian 35, Culver-Stockton 35, Shawnee State 34, Montana Western 21, SUNO 18, Georgetown (Ky.) 12, Our Lady of the Lake 10, St. Thomas (Texas) 10, Martin Methodist 6, Park 4.


 

 
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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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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