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Familiar situation: Rush, Nuggets headed to nationals

March 6, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — The basketball teams of Xavier University of Louisiana will play again. Based on their high rankings in Wednesday's coaches polls, both the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush received at-large bids to next week's NAIA Division I National Championships.
     The Gold Nuggets (24-5) fell from 10th to 12th in the women's poll. The Gold Rush (24-7) fell from 13th to a tie for 16th in the men's poll. The XU women received one of 14 at-large bids, and the XU men received one of 17 at-large bids.
     The NAIA will announce first-round pairings and times early Wednesday evening. Both tournaments — the men in Kansas City, Mo., the women in Frankfort, Ky. — will begin Wednesday, March 13. Thirty-two teams qualified for each site.
     Xavier's women qualified for nationals for the fourth consecutive year and the 17th time overall. All of the Gold Nuggets' appearances have occurred in the last 19 seasons. The Gold Nuggets reached the second round seven times, including 2011 and 2012, but never have advanced to the quarterfinals.
     Xavier's men qualified for nationals for the third consecutive year, the seventh time in nine seasons and the 14th time overall. The deepest advance of the Gold Rush was the quarterfinals in 1973; the most recent first-round victory was in 2007.
     Both XU teams won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championships this year — the men shared theirs with Philander Smith — but both were upset in the quarterfinals of the GCAC Tournament at Little Rock, Ark., last week.
     Also qualifying for nationals from the GCAC were the tournament champions, SUNO's women and Philander Smith's men. Philander Smith is ranked 22nd.

    
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Tuesday, March 5)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Freed-Hardeman (10) 31-1 281 1
2 Oklahoma City (1) 26-3 272 2
3 Lubbock Christian 29-3 257 4
4 Westmont 25-4 252 3
5 Westminster (Utah) 27-3 247 5
6 Cumberland 30-2 236 6
7 Lee (Tenn.) 30-2 228 7
8 Vanguard 23-3 221 8
9 MidAmerica Nazarene 30-2 209 9
10 The Master's 25-5 197 11
11 Benedictine (Kan.) 27-5 181 12
12 Xavier 24-5 170 10
13 Columbia (Mo.) 27-6 169 15
14 Campbellsville 24-9 166 18
15 Rogers State 23-9 165 14
16 Georgetown (Ky.) 22-9 153 16
17 Wiley 29-3 131 20
18 Shawnee State 23-9 126 13
19 Lyon 28-4 124 17
20 Our Lady of the Lake 30-3 103 21
21 Faulkner 25-6 102 19
22 William Woods 25-6 92 23
23 Carroll (Mont.) 20-9 75 24
24 Bethel (Tenn.) 21-10 71 22
25 LSU-Shreveport 25-5 61 25

Others receiving votes: Southern Poly 60, St. Catharine (Ky.) 44, Coastal Georgia 30, Central Methodist 28, SUNO 20, Cumberlands 13, Auburn Montgomery 5.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Tuesday, March 5)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 33-0 281 1
2 Lindsey Wilson 29-4 268 3
3 Lee (Tenn.) 29-3 267 2
4 John Brown 27-6 251 4
5 Lewis-Clark State 26-5 244 5
6 Southwestern Assemblies of God 29-4 230 6
7 Cal State San Marcos 23-6 219 7
8 Pikeville 26-6 209 10
9 Evangel 24-6 208 9
10 Oklahoma Baptist 24-7 207 8
11 Westmont 25-7 196 11
12 William Carey 25-5 192 12
13-tie Georgetown (Ky.) 24-8 159 16
13-tie Montana Western 22-8 159 15
15 Emmanuel (Ga.) 28-4 145 14
16-tie Xavier 24-7 136 13
16-tie Hope International 25-7 136 17
18 Faulkner 28-5 131 19
19 Arizona Christian 20-9 100 24
20-tie St. Thomas (Texas) 28-5 93 RV
20-tie Martin Methodist 20-10 93 18
22 Philander Smith 24-8 89 tie-22
23 Concordia (Calif.) 22-10 85 RV
24 Montana State Northern 23-9 81 20
25 LSU-Shreveport 24-6 76 21

Others receiving votes: Science & Arts 67, MidAmerica Nazarene 50, Culver-Stockton 32, Campbellsville 26, Westminster (Utah) 19, Life 18, Voorhees 9, Park 5, Bethel (Tenn.) 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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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.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
Campus Box 92
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 520-7329 phone
(504) 520-7934 fax

 
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