As upsets begin to carve the landscape of the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll, several teams benefited from big wins over the past two weeks. Benedictine (Kan.) and Vanguard (Calif.) both jumped into the top five after wins over top five opponents while a slow stretch knocked William Penn (Iowa) out of the top ten.
The Peru State men's basketball team took the second-biggest jump in the poll as they moved from 17th two weeks ago to 11th. The Bobcats went 3-1 over the past two weeks to improve to 16-5.
This is the highest ranking for the 'Cats since joining the Heart of America Athletic Conference. It is believed the number 11 ranking is Peru State's highest in NAIA DI since the Bobcats moved up.
LSU Alexandria (La.) stayed put at No. 1 with a 20-2 overall record on the year, while the consistently great play from Carroll (Mont.) helped the Fighting Saints to the No. 2 spot. The first loss of the season for Missouri Baptist knocked the Spartans two spots down to No. 5.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)
Poll Methodology:The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Association of Independent Institutions. The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list. The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on. Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes" Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) beginning in the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.