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Gold Rush climb into tie for 22nd in NAIA coaches poll

January 14, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana continued its progress in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25. The Gold Rush climbed two places into a tie for 22nd Tuesday.
     The Gold Rush (14-4) are in the top 25 for the 28th consecutive time — the longest active streak in the division — and the 41st time in the last 42 polls.
     Xavier is tied with Lewis-Clark State in the rankings and is one of three Gulf Coast Athletic Conference teams in the top 25. Talladega is No. 8, and Philander Smith is tied for 16th.
     Talladega will visit Xavier at 7:30 p.m. Monday and will be the second top-10 team to visit the Convocation Center this season. Xavier defeated the other top-10, William Carey, 90-80 in overtime on Dec. 3.
     Xavier's next game will start at 5 p.m. Saturday at home against Edward Waters. The Gold Rush have won a season-high five straight and 9-of-10. Xavier allowed less than 60 points in each of its last five games, the first time that's happened since January 2009.
     Pikeville received 9-of-10 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive week.
     The next rankings will be announced next Tuesday (Jan. 21).
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through January 12)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Pikeville (9) 14-1 250 1
2 Southwestern Assemblies of God 12-1 242 2
3 Cal State San Marcos 19-1 232 4
4 Columbia (Mo.) (1) 15-1 226 3
5 Evangel 14-3 210 6
6 Freed-Hardeman 11-0 209 11
7 Arizona Christian 14-1 203 8
8 Talladega 16-2 201 7
9 William Carey 9-2 185 9
10 Concordia (Calif.) 13-3 175 5
11 St. Gregory's 13-1 174 12
12 Wiley 11-1 163 14
13 Culver-Stockton 12-3 151 19
14 St. Catharine (Ky.) 10-5 136 23
15 Benedictine (Kan.) 11-4 127 tie-15
16-tie Emmanuel (Ga.) 13-2 123 RV
16-tie Philander Smith 12-5 123 17
18 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-4 113 13
19 Westminster (Utah) 11-7 105 RV
20 Vanguard 13-2 102 21
21 Mid-America Christian 8-4 93 18
22-tie Xavier 13-4 77 24
22-tie Lewis-Clark State 16-4 77 NR
24 Wayland Baptist 12-2 64 NR
25 Hope International 12-3 52 RV

Others receiving votes: Rocky Mountain 46, Bethel (Tenn.) 46, Rio Grande 34, Martin Methodist 29, MidAmerica Nazarene 15, Montana State-Northern 15, LSU-Shreveport 5, Cumberland 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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