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Northwestern climbs in NAIA men’s basketball coaches top 25 poll, Dordt into rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – College of Idaho continued as the top team in the nation in the first regular season edition of the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Yotes swept the first-place votes for the second consecutive week. The top seven teams remained the same from the preseason edition. The Northwestern men’s basketball team (2-0, 0-0 GPAC) moved up three spots to No. 18. The No. 18 ranking is the highest for the Red Raiders since the NAIA moved to one division in 2020. Northwestern opened the year 2-0 at the IU East Classic in Richmond, Indiana last weekend.

Four newcomers entered the poll this week as Xavier (La.), Dordt (Iowa), Lourdes (Ohio) and Florida College represented Nos. 22-25 in order. Among Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) schools, Northwestern is the highest-rated school. Morningside comes in at No. 19, while Dordt is No. 23, and Briar Cliff is receiving votes.

11College of Idaho [20]1-0540
22Grace (Ind.)4-0521
33Arizona Christian2-0496
44Langston (Okla.)1-0483
55Georgetown (Ky.)3-0470
66Montana Tech3-0450
77Oklahoma Wesleyan4-0435
810Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)2-0406
98LSU Shreveport (La.)1-0402
1018Wayland Baptist (Texas)3-0358
119Indiana Wesleyan2-1356
1217MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)1-0303
1320Southwestern (Kan.)2-0268
1411St. Thomas (Fla.)2-1267
1525Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)2-0237
1622Mobile (Ala.)3-1232
1714Huntington (Ind.)2-1218
1821Northwestern (Iowa)2-0215
1913Morningside (Iowa)2-1175
2015The Master’s (Calif.)1-1156
2123Antelope Valley (Calif.)1-0149
22RVXavier (La.)2-0130
23RVDordt (Iowa)3-0109
24RVLourdes (Ohio)2-0105
25RVFlorida College4-187

Dropped: William Penn (Iowa), Indiana Tech, Union (Ky.), Kansas Wesleyan

Others Receiving Votes: WVU Tech (W.Va.) 72, Columbia (Mo.) 59, Faulkner (Ala.) 58, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 55, Union (Ky.) 50, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 46, Oregon Tech 38, SAGU (Texas) 35, Southeastern (Fla.) 27, Cumberlands (Ky.) 19, Life (Ga.) 19, William Woods (Mo.) 19, Rochester (Mich.) 14, Tennessee Southern 14, OUAZ (Ariz.) 13, IU Kokomo (Ind.) 12, Pikeville (Ky.) 11, Roosevelt (Ill.) 10, IU South Bend (Ind.) 7, Central Methodist (Mo.) 5, Science and Arts (Okla.) 5, Bethel (Ind.) 3, Loyola (La.) 2, Rio Grande (Ohio) 2.


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