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NAIA Official Preseason Top 25 Breakdown

NAIA Official Preseason Top 25 Breakdown

By naiahoopsreport_admin October 16, 2020 0 Comments

The 2019-2020 season didn’t end like anyone expected it to as Covid-19 ended the season at the drop of a hat. NAIA DII was in the middle of 1st round games, and NAIA DI had just released their bracket when the news hit that the season was over. There were a lot of mixed emotions, both from peoples opinions on the pandemic, and because we didn’t get any closure on the end of an era as the end of the 2019-2020 season meant that we no longer would have two divisions at the NAIA level. As we turn the page to the 2020-2021 season, and see the divisions combine into one, it creates a lot of new storylines to watch across the NAIA! We saw a wave of teams switching leagues for this year, and more deciding to join new leagues for the 2021-2022 season. The NAIA National Tournament has also been revamped, and while there are still questions looming on the actual seeding process, it will be fun to have basketball back again, and to see how teams fair now that we are back to having just the one division. Yes, it was a LONG offseason, but it is good to finally have NAIA basketball games just a week away. While there are still many questions about how the National Tournament seeding and pairings will be awarded, we are just happy to finally start the season. From there, whatever adjustments need to be made, can be made. 

With the start of the NAIA basketball season upon us, the NAIA coaches released their NAIA DI Preseason Poll today. While many teams will play their way both into, and out of the Top 25 over the course of the season, this at least gives us a starting point. With Covid-19 regulations, every league this year has their own rules and regulations on how many games teams can play, and how the league schedule is set up. We do have a few teams who won’t play a single game until January, so it was great to see that the release of the Preseason Top 25 Polls didn’t leave out those who have a later start to the season. It was interesting though to see the dynamics of where the NAIA DI and DII teams were ranked now that we are one division. 

Here is a deeper dive into the Polls:

– The “DI” teams dominated the Preseason Top 25, as they made up SEVEN of the Top 10 teams and placed 16 teams inside the Top 25 overall.

– With no National Champions crowned in 2020, both of the 2019 Champs (DI) #1 Georgetown (KY) and (DII) #3 Indiana Wesleyan come into 2020-2021 ranked inside the Top 5.

– The most teams inside the Top 25 for any league is 3 teams: Cascade Collegiate Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference.

– Top States represented in the Top 25 and RV: Indiana (5), Louisiana (5), Iowa (4), and Kentucky (4). 

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2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Preseason (NAIA.org)

RANK

LAST YEAR (Division)

SCHOOL [1st Place Votes]

2019-20 RECORD

FINAL POINTS

1

1 (I)

Georgetown (Ky.) [12]

30-2

578

2

2 (I)

Mid-America Christian (Okla.) [3]

30-2

563

3

2 (II)

Indiana Wesleyan [5]

29-4

555

4

5 (I)

William Penn (Iowa)

30-3

512

5

6 (I)

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) [1]

29-3

506

6

3 (I)

LSU Shreveport (La.)

29-3

498

7

3 (II)

Morningside (Iowa)

27-3

467

8

1 (II)

College of Idaho

31-3

436

9

17 (I)

Arizona Christian

25-8

426

10

9 (I)

John Brown (Ark.)

28-5

407

11

16 (I)

Providence (Mont.)

24-8

360

12

6 (II)

Marian (Ind.)

25-7

328

13

13 (I)

LSU Alexandria (La.)

25-6

293

14

5 (II)

Ottawa (Kan.)

28-6

283

15

14 (I)

Cumberlands (Ky.)

24-8

282

16

21 (I)

Loyola (La.)

23-10

278

17

4 (II)

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

30-3

268

18

4 (I)

Dalton State (Ga.)

30-3

257

19

19 (I)

The Master’s (Calif.)

23-8

231

20

10 (I)

Xavier (La.)

27-6

193

21

12 (I)

Carroll (Mont.)

24-9

176

22

11 (I)

SAGU (Texas)

25-7

161

23

7 (II)

Oregon Tech

26-7

149

24

16 (II)

Union (Ky.)

24-10

138

25

9 (II)

Antelope Valley (Calif.)

28-4

115

 Others Receiving Votes: Thomas More (Ky.) 108, Westmont (Calif.) 107, Southeastern (Fla.) 97, Oklahoma Wesleyan 91, Saint Francis (Ind.) 67, Indiana Tech 55, Central Baptist (Ark.) 43, Washington Adventist (Md.) 39, Holy Cross (Ind.) 39, Faulkner (Ala.) 39, Bellevue (Neb.) 36, Indiana East (Ind.) 36, Park (Mo.) 35, Northwestern (Iowa) 31, Talladega (Ala.) 16, Dillard (La.) 9, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 7, Southern Oregon 4, Shawnee State (Ohio) 4, Cornerstone (Mich.) 4, Dordt (Iowa) 4.

NAIA League Polls

Below is a league by league breakdown of what teams are ranked within that particular league. For those leagues that did a conference preview on their site, you can also click the black preview buttons to read deeper into those leagues!

Teams in Polls

RV Central Baptist (AR)

RV Harris-Stowe State (MO)

Teams in Polls

#24 Union (KY)

Teams in Polls

RV Washington Adventist (MD) 

Teams in Polls

#25 Antelope Valley (CA)

Teams in Polls

#5 Lewis-Clarke State (ID)

#8 College of Idaho

#23 Oregon Tech

RV Southern Oregon

Teams in Polls

#17 Olivet Nazarene (IL)

RV Holy Cross (IN)

Teams in Polls

#3 Indiana Wesleyan

#12 Marian (IN)

RV Saint Francis (IN)

Teams in Polls

#11 Providence (MT)

#21 Carroll (MT)

Teams in Polls

#9 Arizona Christian

#19 The Master’s (CA)

RV Westmont (CA)

Teams in Polls

#7 Morningside

RV Northwestern (IA)

RV Dordt (RV)

Teams in Polls

#20 Xavier (LA)

RV Talladega (AL)

RV Dillard (LA)

Teams in Polls

#4 William Penn (IA)

RV Park (MO)

Teams in Polls

#14 Ottawa (KS)

RV Oklahoma Wesleyan 

Teams in Polls

#1 Georgetown (KY)

#15 Cumberlands (KY)

RV Thomas More (KY)

RV Shawnee State (OH)

Teams in Polls

RV Bellevue (NE)

Teams in Polls

#6 LSU Shreveport (LA)

#13 LSU Alexandria (LA)

Teams in Polls

RV IU-East (IN)

Teams in Polls

#2 Mid-America Christian (OK)

#10 John Brown (AR)

#22 SAGU (TX)

Teams in Polls

#16 Loyola (LA)

#18 Dalton St (GA)

RV Faulkner (AL)

Teams in Polls

RV Southeastern (FL)

Teams in Polls

RV Cornerstone 

The first NAIA games of the season start next week!  We can’t promise that every game of the year will be played, but we applaud everyone who found ways to play! We know there will be hiccups, but no matter what happens, we are excited that the 2020-2021 season is here, and we know it will be another fun year!

 

As always, be sure to check back in with us all year long as we continue to bring you the best NAIA hoops coverage around!

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