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It's a pair of 11's for Xavier teams in NAIA top-25 rankings

February 5, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Both Xavier University of Louisiana basketball teams were 11th in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 polls announced Tuesday afternoon.
     Since the start of 2000-01 season — that's the extent of the poll data in XU's sports information archives — it's the first time that both the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets were 11th or higher in the same week. It's also the first time during that period that both XU teams possessed the same ranking in a particular week.
     There's something else the Rush and Nuggets share: continued appearances in the top 25. For the XU men, it's their 19th consecutive appearance and their 32nd in the last 33 polls. The XU women's staying power is even stronger — this is their 39th consecutive top-25 appearance, a streak which began in the final week of January 2010.
     Xavier is one of three schools with both basketball teams among the NAIA's top 11. The others are Lee (men No. 2, women No. 7) and Westmont (men No. 6, women No. 8). Six other schools — Westminster (Utah), Bethel (Tenn.), Faulkner, Rogers State, MidAmerica Nazarene and Georgetown (Ky.) — have both teams in the top 25.
     The Gold Nuggets made the biggest upward move, three places, in this week's women's poll. The ranking is their highest in four weeks and the same as their preseason position. The XU men moved up two places to equal their highest ranking of the season; they've improved eight spots since the preseason poll.
     Unbeaten Columbia (Mo.) is the top-ranked men's team for the fourth consecutive week. The women of Freed-Hardeman and Oklahoma City share No. 1 and replaced Lubbock Christian, which fell to fourth after its second loss to Oklahoma City this season.
     Both XU teams concluded brief home stands Monday. Both will be on the road for the next four games before playing their home finales Feb. 23 against Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at XU's new Convocation Center.
     The Gold Rush are 21-4 overall and 8-1 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to lead the league by two games. The Gold Nuggets are 19-4 and 7-2 and share second place in the GCAC with Talladega. They trail SUNO by one game.
     Xavier's next opponent will be Philander Smith on Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. The Gold Rush will play the 24th-ranked Panthers at noon, and the Gold Nuggets will play the Lady Panthers at 2 p.m. The Nuggets are closing in on a 12th consecutive 20-victory season and their 20th in 21 seasons.

   
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 3)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1-tie Freed-Hardeman (6) 21-1 276 2
1-tie Oklahoma City (5) 18-2 276 3
3 Vanguard 16-1 261 4
4 Lubbock Christian 21-2 258 1
5 Westminster (Utah) 21-2 245 5
6 Cumberland 22-1 236 6
7 Lee (Tenn.) 19-2 225 7
8 Westmont 17-3 220 8
9 MidAmerica Nazarene 21-2 205 10
10 The Master's 20-2 204 9
11 Xavier 18-4 185 14
12 Campbellsville 18-5 184 11
13 Georgetown (Ky.) 16-7 171 12
14 Benedictine (Kan.) 21-3 165 15
15 Rogers State 17-6 156 16
16 Bethel (Tenn.) 17-6 144 13
17 Columbia (Mo.) 18-5 130 18
18 Faulkner 21-4 128 19
19 Our Lady of the Lake 21-1 125 21
20 Lyon 20-3 108 20
21 Shawnee State 18-6 106 22
22 Wiley 18-3 84 17
23 William Woods 17-3 81 23
24 Auburn Montgomery 18-5 75 24
25 Carroll (Mont.) 15-6 69 25

Others receiving votes: LSU-Shreveport 60, Southern Poly 43, St. Catharine 34, Robert Morris (Chicago) 17, Baker 13, SUNO 12, Coastal Georgia 5, Central Methodist 4, Lindsey Wilson 3.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 3)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 24-0 281 1
2 Lee (Tenn.) 21-1 272 2
3 Lindsey Wilson 21-2 261 4
4 John Brown 20-4 250 6
5 Lewis-Clark State 21-3 239 3
6 Westmont 19-4 237 5
7 Pikeville 19-3 230 7
8 Cal State San Marcos 19-4 220 8
9 Emmanuel (Ga.) 22-2 201 10
10 Oklahoma Baptist 19-5 195 9
11 Xavier 20-4 179 13
12 Westminster (Utah) 20-4 178 19
13 Southwestern Assemblies of God 20-3 176 14
14 Bethel (Tenn.) 21-3 165 11
15 Hope International 21-3 149 12
16 Faulkner 21-3 142 16
17 Evangel 17-5 133 21
18 Montana State Northern 19-5 131 15
19 William Carey 18-4 129 18
20 Rogers State 17-6 122 20
21 LSU-Shreveport 16-4 81 24
22-tie MidAmerica Nazarene 17-7 78 17
22-tie Georgetown (Ky.) 17-5 78 RV
24 Philander Smith 16-6 76 23
25 Mid-America Christian 12-7 61 RV

Others receiving votes: Culver-Stockton 60, Arizona Christian 34, Martin Methodist 26, Shawnee State 26, SUNO 22, Montana Western 19, St. Thomas (Texas) 12, Vanguard 4, Cumberlands 3, Texas College 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, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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