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Gold Rush climb again in NAIA poll, this time to 13th

January 28, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Coach Dannton Jackson repeatedly has described the 2013-14 season of his Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball team as a journey. The Gold Rush on Tuesday continued their upward journey in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25, moving three places to 13th.
     It's the first time since the 2003-04 season that the Gold Rush (16-5, 5-1 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) have climbed in four consecutive polls. Xavier has won 11 of its last 13 games, including 5-of-6 on the road. The Rush have excelled with six newcomers, four returning lettermen, two redshirt freshmen and no returning starters from the previous season.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 30th consecutive time — the longest active streak in the division — and the 43rd time in the last 44 polls.
     The GCAC has three top-25 teams for the fifth consecutive week. Talladega is seventh, and Philander Smith is 20th.
     Cal State San Marcos and Freed-Hardeman share the top position. New rankings will be announced next Tuesday (Feb. 4).
     Freezing precipitation forced Xavier to postpone its Tuesday home game against Belhaven. Xavier will visit Tougaloo at 5 p.m. Saturday in the first of four straight Gold Rush road games. Xavier will visit Philander Smith on Monday.
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through January 26)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1-tie Cal State San Marcos (4) 20-1 244 2
1-tie Freed-Hardeman (5) 16-0 244 3
3 Pikeville (1) 16-2 234 4
4 Southwestern Assemblies of God 16-2 230 1
5 William Carey 13-2 213 tie-8
6 Columbia (Mo.) 18-2 204 7
7 Talladega 18-3 199 6
8 Concordia (Calif.) 16-4 197 tie-8
9 Benedictine (Kan.) 15-4 196 15
10 Evangel 16-4 176 5
11 Emmanuel (Ga.) 18-2 165 14
12 Vanguard 17-2 161 23
13 Xavier 16-5 144 16
14 Rio Grande 14-6 135 20
15 Culver-Stockton 15-4 132 tie-11
16 Mid-America Christian 11-5 119 22
17 LSU-Shreveport 13-5 118 RV
18 Georgetown (Ky.) 14-5 107 tie-11
19 Montana Western 12-7 106 18
20 Philander Smith 15-5 103 21
21 Wiley 14-4 90 10
22 St. Gregory's 15-4 81 17
23 Hope International 14-5 77 19
24 Martin Methodist 12-5 75 tie-24
25-tie Great Falls 14-7 63 tie-24
25-tie Arizona Christian 15-4 63 13

Others receiving votes: St. Catharine (Ky.) 30, Rocky Mountain 24, Oklahoma City 22, MidAmerica Nazarene 14, St. Thomas (Texas) 11, Faulkner 9, Life 8.


 

 
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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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