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Gold Rush remain at 12th, grab at-large bid to nationals

March 12, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana held on to No. 12 in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, and the Gold Rush earned the first of 14 at-large berths to the national tournament Wednesday.
     The Gold Rush (23-8), a top-15 team for the seventh straight week, secured a spot in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship for the fourth consecutive year and the eighth time in Dannton Jackson's 11 seasons as head coach. Xavier was the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season champion and lost Saturday in the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament.
     For the first time since 2010, the GCAC will have three men's teams at nationals. No. 6 Talladega won the GCAC Tournament to secure the conference's automatic bid, and tournament runner-up Philander Smith — which defeated Xavier in overtime in the semifinals — received the last of 14 at-large berths.
     The tournament appearance will be Xavier's 15th overall. The national tournament will have 32 teams and be played March 19-25 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
     Tournament pairings and times will be announced Wednesday evening.
     Cal State San Marcos is No. 1 in the poll for the seventh consecutive week.
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches'
Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through March 11)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 30-1 250 1
2 Pikeville (1) 30-2 242 2
3 William Carey 27-2 234 3
4 Columbia (Mo.) 31-2 226 4
5 Southwestern Assemblies of God 26-5 213 5
6 Talladega 28-5 211 7
7 Emmanuel (Ga.) 29-3 200 6
8 Vanguard 27-6 191 9
9 Freed-Hardeman 27-5 184 8
10 Rocky Mountain 23-7 182 11
11 Benedictine (Kan.) 22-8 174 10
12 Xavier 23-8 159 12
13 LSU-Shreveport 21-8 146 13
14 Culver-Stockton 23-7 143 14
15 Wiley 25-6 134 18
16 Georgetown (Ky.) 22-10 133 16
17 Arizona Christian 23-7 117 15
18 St. Gregory's 21-9 113 17
19 MidAmerica Nazarene 23-10 95 25
20 Wayland Baptist 23-10 92 22
21 Westminster (Utah) 19-12 85 19
22 Hope International 22-10 80 23
23 Montana State-Northern 23-8 75 19
24 Cumberlands 19-11 61 RV
25 St. Thomas (Texas) 20-10 49 RV

Others receiving votes: Evangel 47, Life 40, St. Catharine (Ky.) 30, Philander Smith 28, Lindenwood-Belleville 27, Mid-America Christian 13, Our Lady of the Lake 12, Belhaven 9.


 

 
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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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