We get DM’s all of the time from people who have information that they would like to see us cover. While we aren’t able to use every idea, we do read them and one of the ideas was to do a Top 25 breakdown by leagues and other fun tidbits of information for the public. First off, in case you missed the release of the NAIA Coaches Poll, here it is:

2021-22 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll Four (January 12, 2022)

11Loyola (La.) [21]16-0591
25William Penn (Iowa)14-1553
33Talladega (Ala.)13-1542
48William Jessup (Calif.)18-1537
54Oklahoma Wesleyan16-1518
62Carroll (Mont.)16-2499
79Indiana Wesleyan15-3477
810Arizona Christian17-2464
97Grace (Ind.)16-2425
1013Thomas More (Ky.)13-2406
1112Jamestown (N.D.)16-3392
126SAGU (Texas)11-3387
1318College of Idaho14-3340
1414LSU Alexandria (La.)9-1333
1516Science & Arts (Okla.)12-3301
1622Marian (Ind.)12-2277
1721Georgetown (Ky.)12-2247
1825Hope International (Calif.)13-3227
1915Xavier (La.)10-2211
2017Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)13-4173
2125Saint Francis (Ind.)14-4168
2224Indiana South Bend (Ind.)12-3167
23RVWVU Tech (W.Va.)15-2156
24RVSoutheastern (Fla.)15-3130
2523Concordia (Neb.)15-4113

Dropped from the Top 25: Central Methodist (Mo.), Stillman (Ala.), Kansas Wesleyan

Others Receiving Votes: Faulkner (Ala.) 106, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 101, Central Methodist (Mo.) 96, Stillman (Ala.) 75, Texas Wesleyan 65, Bethel (Kan.) 63, Southwestern (Kan.) 43, Montana Tech 40, Florida College 31, Oregon Tech 17, Northwestern (Iowa) 14, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 11, Pikeville (Ky.) 10, Menlo (Calif.) 8, Tennessee Wesleyan 7, Kansas Wesleyan 6, Rochester (Mich.) 4, Indiana Tech 4.

Top 25 Breakdown

  • 14 of the 21 NAIA Conferences are represented in the NAIA Top 25
    • Led by the Crossroads League with 4 teams and then the GSAC with 3 teams.
    • There are two teams each from the Cascade, GPAC, Mid-South, Red River, Sooner and the SSAC.
    • Three leagues have two teams inside the Top 10:
      • SSAC
        • #1 Loyola
        • #3 Talladega
      • GSAC
        • #4 William Jessup
        • #8 Arizona Christian
      • Crossroads League
        • #7 Indiana Wesleyan
        • #9 Grace
    • The only leagues not represented: AMC, AAC, CalPac, CAC, GCAC, NSAA and WHAC.
    • Only two newcomers to the poll this week as we see WVU Tech and Southeastern (FL) inside the Top 25 this week.
    • Conference Top 25 Voting Breakdown:
      • AMC: NONE
      • AAC: RV Tennessee Wesleyan
      • CalPac: NONE
      • Cascade: #13 College of Idaho, #20 Lewis-Clark St., RV Oregon Tech
      • CCAC: #22 IU South Bend, RV Olivet Nazarene
      • CAC: RV Florida College
      • Crossroads: #7 Indiana Wesleyan, #9 Grace, #16 Marian, #21 St Francis
      • Frontier: #6 Carroll, RV Montana Tech
      • GCAC: NONE
      • GPAC: #11 Jamestown, #25 Concordia (NE), RV Northwestern
      • GSAC: #4 William Jessup, #8 Arizona Christian, #18 Hope International, RV Menlo
      • Heart: #2 William Penn, RV Central Methodist
      • KCAC: #5 Oklahoma Wesleyan, RV Bethel (KS), RV Southwestern, RV Kansas Wesleyan
      • Mid-South: #10 Thomas More, #17 Georgetown, RV Pikeville
      • NSAA: NONE
      • RRAC: #14 LSU Alexandria, #19 Xavier
      • RSC: #23 WVU Tech, RV Alice Lloyd
      • SAC: #12 SAGU, #15 Science & Arts, RV Texas Wesleyan
      • SSAC: #1 Loyola, #3 Talladega, RV Faulkner, RV Stillman
      • The Sun: #24 Southeastern (FL)
      • WHAC: RV Indiana Tech, RV Rochester
  • Top 25 Notes:
    • The flow of the NAIA Top 25 Coaches poll remains pretty similar to what we have seen since the merger. Not to get too caught up with the old divisions, but it is still fun and interesting to look at the dynamics of the merger. The flow of the Top 25 seems to be a lot of former NAIA DI teams at the top with a ton of former DII teams on the backend and a balance of the former divisions within the Poll. You see that with this poll with 7 of the Top 10 teams former DI members and all five teams from 20-25 are former DII teams. All of that with 14 former DI teams and 11 former DII teams making up the Top 25. This “flow” has been pretty consistent since last seasons merger to one division.
    • The NAIA’s three longest Top 25 streaks remain intact:
      • Indiana Wesleyan – 102 straight polls
      • Georgetown (KY) – 91 straight polls
      • William Penn (IA) – 56 straight polls
    • The first ARC and RPI Ratings of the year will be out next week. We will go into further breakdown in this segment going forward once we have that information!

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