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2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 1 (December 16, 2020)

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2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 1 (December 16, 2020)
Dec 16, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Wesleyan moved to the top spot with a perfect 13-0 record in the first regular season edition of the Top 25 released on Wednesday. The Wildcats received 18 of the 21 first-place votes. William Penn (Iowa) followed with an undefeated 10-0 record to claim the No. 2 slot while Mid-America Christian (Okla.), LSU Shreveport (La.) and Arizona Christian rounded-out the top five in order.

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 appear 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.
For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 1 (December 16, 2020)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 3 Indiana Wesleyan [18] 13-0 589
2 4 William Penn (Iowa) [2] 10-0 569
3 2 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) [1] 4-0 537
4 6 LSU Shreveport (La.) 8-0 534
5 9 Arizona Christian 6-0 504
6 1 Georgetown (Ky.) 5-1 498
7 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 2-0 494
8 7 Morningside (Iowa) 10-1 437
9 16 Loyola (La.) 4-0 405
10 12 Marian (Ind.) 5-1 404
11 15 Cumberlands (Ky.) 7-1 396
12 19 The Master’s (Calif.) 4-0 350
13 10 John Brown (Ark.) 0-0 341
14 11 Providence (Mont.) 0-0 322
15 8 College of Idaho 1-3 312
16 NR Faulkner (Ala.) 8-0 311
17 NR Talladega (Ala.) 8-1 241
18 NR Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 9-1 236
19 13 LSU Alexandria (La.) 7-2 216
20 NR Saint Francis (Ind.) 6-1 182
21 NR Texas A&M Texarkana 5-0 164
22 22 SAGU (Texas) 1-0 161
23 20 Xavier (La.) 2-1 115
24 NR Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 6-1 114
25 NR Bethel (Kan.) 9-3 109
Dropped from the Top 25: Ottawa (Kan.), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Oregon Tech, Carroll (Mont.), Antelope Valley (Calif.), Union (Ky.), Dalton State (Ga.)

Others Receiving Votes: Southeastern (Fla.) 96, Oregon Tech 89, Oklahoma Wesleyan 83, Benedictine (Kan.) 82, Carroll (Mont.) 76, Indiana Tech 60, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 56, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 56, Westmont (Calif.) 45, Bethel (Ind.) 30, Texas Wesleyan 28, Central Baptist (Ark.) 27, Union (Ky.) 15, Holy Cross (Ind.) 14, Valley City State (N.D.) 10, Dillard (La.) 9, Dalton State (Ga.) 7, Northwestern (Iowa) 6, Science & Arts (Okla.) 4, Evangel (Mo.) 3, Cornerstone (Mich.) 3.