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Gold Rush's No. 16 final rank is highest in 13 years

April 2, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana dropped four places to 16th in NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 poll on Wednesday, but the Gold Rush emerged with its highest ranking in the final poll of a season since 2001.
     Xavier tied at its position with Rocky Mountain.
     The Gold Rush were 23-9 in 2013-14, won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship for the third straight year and qualified for the national tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
     This is the third straight year that the NAIA's final poll occurred after the national tournament. Xavier was 24th each of the previous two seasons.
     The Gold Rush are in the top 25 for the 37th consecutive time — the longest active streak in the division — and the 50th time in the last 51 polls.
     GCAC Tournament champion Talladega ranked 11th. National champion Vanguard was a unanimous No. 1.
   
NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches'
Postseason Top 25 Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses — records through end of season)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Vanguard (10) 32-6 250 8
2 Emmanuel (Ga.) 33-4 242 7
3 Cal State San Marcos 32-2 230 1
4 MidAmerica Nazarene 26-11 225 19
5 Pikeville 31-3 216 2
6 St. Gregory's 24-10 206 18
7 William Carey 28-3 203 3
8 Freed-Hardeman 29-6 200 9
9 Columbia (Mo.) 32-3 185 4
10 Georgetown (Ky.) 24-11 171 16
11 Talladega 29-6 166 6
12 Southwestern Assemblies of God 26-6 163 5
13 Culver-Stockton 24-8 157 14
14 Benedictine (Kan.) 23-9 153 11
15 Hope International 23-11 135 22
16-tie Xavier 23-9 118 12
16-tie Rocky Mountain 23-8 118 10
18 St. Catharine (Ky.) 20-13 116 RV
19 Wiley 25-7 113 15
20 Cumberlands 20-12 96 24
21 LSU-Shreveport 21-9 94 13
22 Wayland Baptist 23-11 80 20
23 Arizona Christian 23-8 78 17
24 Westminster (Utah) 19-13 71 21
25 Montana State-Northern 23-9 56 23

Others receiving votes: St. Thomas (Texas) 48, Evangel 47, Life 38, Philander Smith 30, Lindenwood-Belleville 11, Belhaven (Miss.) 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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