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Gold Rush 12th in NAIA; two ranked opponents are next

February 11, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — After five consecutive weeks of climbing, Xavier University of Louisiana dropped one place to 12th Tuesday in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25. But the Gold Rush will have significant opportunities to climb again during the closing weeks of the regular season.
     One opportunity was later Tuesday evening at fourth-ranked William Carey, which Xavier defeated in overtime in December. Then the Gold Rush (18-6, 7-2 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) will play a GCAC opponent, No. 24 Philander Smith, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at XU's Convocation Center.
     Xavier is in the top 25 for the 32nd consecutive time — the longest active streak in the division — and the 45th time in the last 46 polls. Xavier is one of 10 schools in the top 25 in every poll this season.
     The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference's other top-25 team is Talladega, which remained seventh — this time in a tie with Emmanuel (Ga.) — and is in the top 10 for the sixth consecutive poll.
     Cal State San Marcos received 9-of-10 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the third consecutive week.
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through February 9)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 25-1 250 1
2 Pikeville (1) 21-2 240 2
3 Freed-Hardeman 20-1 236 3
4 William Carey 17-2 225 5
5 Southwestern Assemblies of God 20-3 218 4
6 Columbia (Mo.) 22-2 211 6
7-tie Talladega 20-4 191 7
7-tie Emmanuel (Ga.) 21-2 191 10
9 Vanguard 20-3 188 9
10 Culver-Stockton 18-4 187 12
11 Rocky Mountain 18-6 163 16
12 Xavier 18-6 160 11
13 Concordia (Calif.) 18-6 141 22
14 Mid-America Christian 14-6 138 14
15 Rio Grande 16-7 132 19
16 Benedictine (Kan.) 16-6 127 20
17 Evangel 18-6 121 8
18 LSU-Shreveport 15-6 120 15
19 Georgetown (Ky.) 18-6 110 13
20 Montana State-Northern 21-5 107 23
21 St. Gregory's 17-5 91 24
22 Biola 15-9 87 18
23 Wiley 16-5 70 21
24 Philander Smith 16-7 61 17
25 Martin Methodist 14-7 49 RV

Others receiving votes: Westminster (Utah) 33, Oklahoma City 28, St. Thomas (Texas) 23, Westmont 20, Life 17, Bethel (Tenn.) 16, Campbellsville 14, Central Methodist 10, Montana Western 4, Our Lady of the Lake 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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