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Gold Rush 16th after third straight climb in NAIA poll

January 21, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — For the third consecutive week, Xavier University of Louisiana climbed in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25. The Gold Rush (15-5, 4-1 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) are No. 16, six places higher than last week.
     Xavier has won six of its last seven games and 10-of-12.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 29th consecutive time — the longest active streak in the division — and the 42nd time in the last 43 polls.
     Xavier's next game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday against longtime rival Dillard in the Crosstown Classic at XU's Convocation Center.
     This is the fourth consecutive poll with three GCAC teams in the top 25. Talladega is No. 6, and Philander Smith is No. 21. Talladega won 93-90 in overtime at Xavier on Monday. The Gold Rush will play Philander Smith twice next month, including Feb. 17 at Xavier.
     Southwestern Assemblies of God received 7-of-10 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the first time ever.
     The next rankings will be announced next Tuesday (Jan. 28).
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through January 19)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Southwestern Assemblies of God (7) 15-1 248 2
2 Cal State San Marcos 20-1 239 3
3 Freed-Hardeman (3) 14-0 236 6
4 Pikeville 15-2 227 1
5 Evangel 15-3 217 5
6 Talladega 17-2 211 8
7 Columbia (Mo.) 16-2 196 4
8-tie Concordia (Calif.) 14-4 189 10
8-tie William Carey 11-2 189 9
10 Wiley 13-2 172 12
11-tie Georgetown (Ky.) 14-4 167 18
11-tie Culver-Stockton 14-3 167 13
13 Arizona Christian 14-3 159 7
14 Emmanuel (Ga.) 15-2 137 tie-16
15 Benedictine (Kan.) 13-4 132 15
16 Xavier 15-4 121 tie-22
17 St. Gregory's 13-3 117 11
18 Montana Western 11-6 109 NR
19 Hope International 14-3 108 25
20 Rio Grande 13-5 102 RV
21 Philander Smith 13-5 97 tie-16
22 Mid-America Christian 9-5 93 21
23 Vanguard 15-2 76 20
24-tie Great Falls 13-6 54 NR
24-tie St. Catharine (Ky.) 11-6 54 14
24-tie Martin Methodist 10-5 54 RV

Others receiving votes: LSU-Shreveport 41, Oklahoma City 34, Westminster (Utah) 29, Faulkner 9, Graceland 7, Life 3, Rocky Mountain 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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