Coaches’ Poll

2022-23 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll One (November 16, 2022)

11Arizona Christian [19]4-0560
22Thomas More (Ky.) [1]3-0542
38Grace (Ind.)5-0515
43College of Idaho1-1503
59Jamestown (N.D.)3-0479
614Marian (Ind.)5-0467
74Oklahoma Wesleyan4-1431
810Georgetown (Ky.)4-0429
911Faulkner (Ala.)3-0417
1012LSU Shreveport (La.)2-0388
1115Southwestern (Kan.)5-0382
1218Wayland Baptist (Texas)3-0321
137William Penn (Iowa)2-1313
145Indiana Wesleyan2-2310
156William Jessup (Calif.)4-2301
1616Carroll (Mont.)3-0298
1725Indiana Tech5-0273
1823Montana Tech4-0220
19RVUnion (Ky.)4-0205
2020Cumberland (Tenn.)3-1198
2121Florida College6-1176
22RVEvangel (Mo.)3-1171
23RVConcordia (Neb.)3-0153
24RVKansas Wesleyan3-0118
25RVXavier (La.)3-080

For Comparison

Here is our NAIA Hoops Report Top 25 that we released on Sunday.

NAIA Hoops Report Top 25 – NAIA Hoops Report

Who’s New?

Union (KY) – They were 26th in our polls. Would have made the cut if we chose to drop Oregon Tech out. A VERY talented team led by POY candidate, Markelle Turner.

Evangel (MO) – With wins over No. 7 OKWU and a previously ranked USAO squad, Evangel deserved the nod. Would have climbed higher if it weren’t for a loss to Sterling.

Concordia (NE) – A team we had in our preseason polls and were glad to see get the nod in the official poll. The Bulldogs lost some good players from last season, but Gage Smith has been on a terror for a while now and is a name people, outside of the GPAC, should start taking note of.

Kansas Wesleyan – Another team we had just outside of our Top 25. The Coyotes have been playing good basketball since about January of last season.

Xavier (LA) – One of the best defensive teams in the NAIA. They are 4-0 and even gave Notre Dame a run for their money in exhibition play.

Who’s Out?

Science and Arts (OK) – With a couple injuries, especially to Rory Pantophlet, this USAO team is a completely new team then they were a year ago. They are 2-3 to start the season, with losses to No. 7 OKWU, No. 22 Evangel and RV MidAmerica Nazarene.

Oregon Tech – Poll momentum matters. They have played the toughest schedule in the NAIA to this point. The Owls are a Top 25 team, who unfortunately, lost 3 straight games headed into the polls.

Southeastern (FL) – Are just 2-2 to start the season with losses to Middle Georgia State and Ave Maria. Riley Minix is a POY candidate, so they have the pieces. New coach, Randy Lee, is still working to get things back on track.

IU South Bend – Started season 3-2 with losses to D3 Rockford, and RV Bethel (IN). Some new pieces still working their way in with the returners, but a talented group who should be fine.

Briar Cliff (IA) – Defeated No. 13 William Penn at home on a hot shooting night. But with a 20pt loss to No. 23 CUNE and another to unranked Presentation, Briar Cliff moves outside of the Top 25.

Biggest Movers

Marian (IN) – Slides up 8 slots from 14 to 6.

Indiana Tech – Slides up 8 slots from 25 to 17.

Wayland Baptist (TX) – Slides up 6 slots, from 18 to 12.

Grace (IN) – Slides up 5 slots from 8 to 3.

Montana Tech – Slides up 5 slots from 23 to 17.

Union (KY) – Makes biggest move from outside the polls, as they slide to 19th.

Breakdown By Conference

AMC – None

AAC – (19) Union


CCC – (4) College of Idaho

CCAC – None

CAC – (21) Florida College

Crossroads – (3) Grace, (6) Marian, (14) Indiana Wesleyan

Frontier – (16) Carroll, (18) Montana Tech

GSAC – (1) Arizona Christian, (15) William Jessup

GPAC – (5) Jamestown, (23) Concordia (NE)

GCAC – None

Heart – (13) William Penn, (22) Evangel

KCAC – (7) Oklahoma Wesleyan, (11) Southwestern (KS), (24) Kansas Wesleyan

Mid-South – (2) Thomas More, (8) Georgetown, (20) Cumberland

NorthStar – None

RRAC – (10) LSU Shreveport, (25) Xavier

RSC – None

SAC – (12) Wayland Baptist

SSAC – (9) Faulkner

Sun – None

WHAC – (17) Indiana Tech

ARC Breakdown

Great LakesWestNorth-CentralMidwestSouthwestSoutheast
2. Thomas More1. Arizona Christian5. Jamestown7. OK Wesleyan10. LSU Shreveport9. Faulkner
3. Grace4. College of Idaho23. Concordia (NE)11. Southwestern KS12. Wayland Baptist17. Union
6. Marian15. Jessup13. William Penn21. Florida College
9. Georgetown16. Carroll22. Evangel25. Xavier
14. IN Wesleyan18. Montana Tech24. Kansas Wesleyan
17. Indiana Tech
20. Cumberland

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