Minnesota ascends to program’s first No. 1 ranking in USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Minnesota’s record-breaking season added another milestone as it achieved the program’s first No. 1 national ranking in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Gophers (54-3), riding a NCAA DI-best 25-game winning streak, head into the postseason unseeded and will be the No. 2 seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional, hosted by 16th-seed Alabama.
Minnesota received 18-first place votes and a total of 767 points nudging out previous No. 1 Florida by nine points. The Gophers, who are tops in DI with 54 wins and a .947 winning percentage, ran undefeated through the Big Ten Tournament. Highlighted by a Sara Groenewegen no-hitter in the quarterfinals against Northwestern, Minnesota defeated the Wildcats (5-1), RV Illinois (6-5) and RV Ohio State (6-0) to claim its second consecutive tourney title.
The 2017 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records reflect games played through May 14.
2017 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll
Week 14 – May 16, 2017
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Dropped Out: No. 23 Marshall
New to Poll: No. 23 Tulsa
Receiving Votes: Florida International (21), Mississippi State (21), Marshall (20), Arkansas (12), Ohio State (11), USC Upstate (10), Saint Francis (Pa.) (10), Illinois (6), California (4), Missouri (1).
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records reflect games played through May 14.