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Gold Rush improve to No. 11 in NAIA coaches rankings

February 4, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana climbed again Tuesday in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25. The Gold Rush (18-5) improved to a season-best 11th in the rankings.
     Xavier climbed for the fifth consecutive poll and reached 11th or higher for the 16th time in Dannton Jackson's 11 seasons as head coach. Another climb next week would put the Gold Rush in the top 10 for the first time in three years.
     The Gold Rush won 74-69 at Tougaloo on Saturday, then won 83-78 Monday at then-No. 20 Philander Smith. The Panthers moved to 17th in the poll.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 31st consecutive time — the longest active streak in the division — and the 44th time in the last 45 polls. Columbia (Mo.) is second with an active streak of 29 polls, and Evangel is third with 21.
     The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's other top-25 team is Talladega, which remained seventh and is in the top 10 for the fifth consecutive poll.
     Cal State San Marcos received 9-of-10 first-place votes and took sole possession of No. 1 after sharing the top spot with Freed-Hardeman a week ago.
     Xavier, winner of 13 of its last 15 games, will visit GCAC and city rival SUNO at 5 p.m. Saturday. New rankings will be announced next Tuesday (Feb. 11).
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through February 2)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 21-1 250 tie-1
2 Pikeville (1) 19-2 239 3
3 Freed-Hardeman 18-1 231 tie-1
4 Southwestern Assemblies of God 19-2 230 4
5 William Carey 15-2 222 5
6 Columbia (Mo.) 20-2 204 6
7 Talladega 19-3 201 7
8 Evangel 18-4 193 10
9 Vanguard 19-2 192 12
10 Emmanuel (Ga.) 19-2 177 11
11 Xavier 17-5 162 13
12 Culver-Stockton 16-4 153 15
13 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-5 146 18
14 Mid-America Christian 13-5 142 16
15 LSU-Shreveport 14-5 136 17
16 Rocky Mountain 16-6 130 RV
17 Philander Smith 16-5 113 20
18 Biola 14-8 110 NR
19 Rio Grande 15-7 109 14
20 Benedictine (Kan.) 15-6 91 9
21 Wiley 15-4 90 21
22 Concordia (Calif.) 16-6 88 8
23 Montana State-Northern 19-5 85 NR
24 St. Gregory's 16-5 76 22
25 Montana Western 13-8 49 19

Others receiving votes: Martin Methodist 48, St. Catharine (Ky.) 45, Life 20, Westmont 18, Oklahoma City 11, MidAmerica Nazarene 9, Faulkner 5, Our Lady of the Lake 3, Central Methodist 3, Lindenwood-Belleville 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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