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Gold Nuggets return to top 10, Gold Rush drop to 14th

February 14, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's women climbed, but the men dropped back in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 polls announced Tuesday afternoon.
     The Gold Nuggets were 10th — their fourth time in nine polls this season to reach the top 10. The Gold Rush were 14th after falling three places. Both teams were 11th the previous week.
     Xavier is one of six women's teams — the others are Campbellsville, Freed-Hardeman, Lee (Tenn.), Oklahoma City and Vanguard — to be ranked in every top 25 since the start of the 2010-11 season. The Gold Nuggets have appeared in the last 40 polls, the sixth-longest active streak.
     Although the XU men equaled their biggest drop of the season, it's their fifth consecutive top-15 appearance. The Gold Rush are in the top 25 for the 20th consecutive time, fourth longest among NAIA DI men. Xavier was fifth in that category a week ago, but Rogers State fell out after 24 consecutive appearances.
     Both the Gold Nuggets (21-4 overall, 9-2 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) and the Gold Rush (21-6, 8-3) share first place in the conference — the women with Talladega and city rival SUNO, and the men with Philander Smith. Both XU teams will travel to SUNO on Saturday for a doubleheader at The Castle. And for the second time in four days, the starting times have changed. The women's game will tip off at 3 p.m., followed by the men's game at 5.
     The next XU home games will be their regular-season finales, Feb. 23 against Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at the new Convocation Center. Starting times that day also will be 3 and 5 p.m.

    
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 10)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Freed-Hardeman (6) 24-1 277 tie-1
2 Oklahoma City (5) 22-2 276 tie-1
3 Lubbock Christian 23-2 263 4
4 Westminster (Utah) 22-2 254 5
5 Cumberland 24-1 245 6
6 Westmont 20-3 234 8
7-tie Lee (Tenn.) 22-2 223 7
7-tie Vanguard 17-2 223 3
9 MidAmerica Nazarene 23-2 209 9
10 Xavier 20-4 200 11
11 The Master's 22-3 189 10
12 Rogers State 20-6 172 15
13 Benedictine (Kan.) 22-4 171 14
14 Shawnee State 19-6 156 21
15 Columbia (Mo.) 20-5 152 17
16 Faulkner 22-4 147 18
17 Bethel (Tenn.) 18-6 142 16
18 Campbellsville 18-7 135 12
19 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-8 127 13
20 Lyon 22-3 110 20
21 Wiley 20-3 105 22
22 Our Lady of the Lake 23-2 98 19
23 William Woods 19-4 72 23
24 Southern Poly 20-2 64 RV
25 Carroll (Mont.) 16-7 60 25

Others receiving votes: LSU-Shreveport 59, St. Catharine (Ky.) 48, Auburn Montgomery 33, Baker 21, SUNO 17, Robert Morris (Chicago) 10, Central Methodist 5, Cumberlands 3, Coastal Georgia 3.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, Feb. 10)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 25-0 281 1
2 Lee (Tenn.) 24-1 272 2
3 Lindsey Wilson 23-2 262 3
4 John Brown 22-4 251 4
5 Lewis-Clark State 22-3 244 5
6 Westmont 21-4 239 6
7 Cal State San Marcos 20-4 227 8
8 Southwestern Assemblies of God 23-3 212 13
9 Faulkner 22-3 208 16
10 Oklahoma Baptist 20-6 193 10
11 Evangel 19-5 178 17
12 Montana State Northern 21-5 176 18
13 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-5 168 tie-22
14 Xavier 21-5 163 11
15 Emmanuel (Ga.) 23-3 153 9
16 Bethel (Tenn.) 22-4 145 14
17 Pikeville 19-5 130 7
18 Westminster (Utah) 20-5 128 12
19 William Carey 20-4 124 19
20 LSU-Shreveport 18-4 105 21
21 Hope International 21-5 104 15
22 MidAmerica Nazarene 19-7 77 tie-22
23-tie Mid-America Christian 13-8 69 25
23-tie Culver-Stockton 20-6 69 RV
25 Arizona Christian 16-6 56 RV

Others receiving votes: Philander Smith 50, Martin Methodist 50, Montana Western 44, Rogers State 43, Concordia (Calif.) 23, Shawnee State 14, St. Thomas (Texas) 6, SUNO 6, Campbellsville (Ky.) 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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