Northwestern climbs in NAIA men’s top 25 coaches poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northwestern men’s basketball team (17-4, 10-3 GPAC) moved up two spots to No. 12 in the NAIA Top-25 Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced this morning.

The No. 12 ranking is Northwestern’s highest since NAIA basketball moved to one division in the 2020-21 season.

Northwestern has gone 3-1 since the last poll was released on January 17, falling to then-No. 20 Morningside before rattling off a three-game winning streak. After two road wins that followed, the Raiders defeated Hastings on Saturday to move into sole possession of first place in the GPAC standings.

The top-five remained the same with Grace (Ind.) holding the No. 1 spot. Langston (Okla.), College of Idaho, Oklahoma Wesleyan, and Indiana Wesleyan rounded out the top spots.

Among Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) schools, Northwestern is the highest-rated school. Morningside, comes in at No. 20, while Hastings is receiving votes.

Northwestern only plays one contest this week, traveling to Seward, Nebraska to face the Concordia Bulldogs on Saturday.

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [First Place Votes]RECORDFINAL POINTS
11Grace (Ind.) [20]20-0540
22Langston (Okla.)19-0522
33College of Idaho18-2501
44Oklahoma Wesleyan19-1485
55Indiana Wesleyan18-2472
67Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)17-3444
710Lourdes (Ohio)17-1416
86Cumberlands (Ky.)18-2415
99Southwestern (Kan.)17-2404
1018Tennessee Southern19-2362
118Montana Tech16-4354
1214Northwestern (Iowa)17-4318
1317Georgetown (Ky.)16-4302
1413Roosevelt (Ill.)17-3300
1512LSU Shreveport (La.)14-4283
1615Arizona Christian16-5264
1716Florida Memorial16-4228
1823Bethel (Ind.)16-4217
1920Morningside (Iowa)14-5174
2011Mobile (Ala.)16-5161
21RVFlorida College18-4146
2221Point Park (Pa.)19-2130
2324Oregon Tech15-4129
24RVAve Maria (Fla.)17-4120
25RVMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)16-489

Dropped: SAGU (Texas), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Antelope Valley (Calif.)

Others Receiving Votes: Madonna (Mich.) 77, OUAZ (Ariz.) 65, Central Methodist (Mo.) 62, Talladega (Ala.) 57, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 52, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 39, Kansas Wesleyan 21, SAGU (Texas) 21, Central Baptist (Ark.) 17, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 15, The Master’s (Calif.) 13, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 9, Hastings (Neb.) 6, Columbia (Mo.) 4, Huntington (Ind.) 4, Texas College 2, LSU Alexandria (La.) 2

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