Bears men's basketball ranked ninth in preseason poll

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville Bears will begin the 2012-13 season ranked ninth in the nation among NAIA Div. I teams.

Coach Kelly Wells’ group got the news about the time the school tipped off Halloween Hoopla, the annual beginning of basketball season, at the UPIKE Gym.

The Bears are coming off a 17-12 season that saw them begin ranked No. 1 in the nation after winning the 2011-12 national championship.

Late last week it was revealed the Bears were picked to finish second in the 11-team Mid-South Conference. Georgetown, which was tabbed as the league favorite, is third in the national preseason ratings. The Tigers got five first-place votes in the league, one more than the Bears.

Lindsey Wilson and Cumberlands, which split the other two top-line nods in the conference, were ranked 11th and 25th in the country, giving the Mid-South a national-best four teams in the ratings. The Golden State Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each land a triplet of ranked schools.

Campbellsville University, with nine ratings points, was among those receiving votes, giving the MSC a fifth team garnering recognition. Also on that list is Life (Ga.), which the Bears will visit on Nov. 7 and host Dec. 15.

Concordia, Calif., became the fifth different preseason No. 1 in as many years when it got nine first-place votes. It out-pointed second-ranked Oklahoma Baptist by eight ratings points. Following Georgetown in the Top Five are Robert Morris (Ill.) and Rogers State (Okla.).

Southern Poly (Ga.) heads the second five, followed by Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), and Westmont. Columbia (Mo.) followed Pikeville and rounded out the Top 10.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups. The first regular-season Top 25 will be announced on Dec. 4.

Pikeville opens the 2012-13 season on Saturday when it visits St. Andrews (N.C.) University. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll - (Oct. 23)
RANK WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 – 12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Concordia (Calif.) (9) 31-7 250
2 2 Oklahoma Baptist (1) 32-5 242
3 5 Georgetown (Ky.) 26-9 231
4 10 Robert Morris (Ill.) 27-5 230
5 8 Rogers State (Okla.) 24-9 211
6 11 Southern Poly (Ga.) 25-7 208
7 12 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 27-8 206
8 RV Westmont (Calif.) 19-9 195
9 RV Pikeville (Ky.) 17-12 188
10 13 Columbia (Mo.) 27-7 170
11 14 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 21-10 153
12 RV Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 21-11 145
T13 6 Biola (Calif.) 27-9 139
T13 NR Westminster (Utah) 21-11 139
15 18 Lee (Tenn.) 20-9 135
16 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 25-9 132
T17 17 John Brown (Ark.) 24-9 128
T17 23 Texas Wesleyan 25-8 128
19 24 Xavier (La.) 23-9 119
20 NR Cal State San Marcos 19-12 107
21 22 Evangel (Mo.) 24-10 80
22 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 28-7 72
23 21 Montana State-Northern 27-7 68
24 20 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 17-14 61
25 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 20-12 50

Others receiving votes: SAGU (Texas) 34; Montana Western 29; Loyola (La.) 24; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 21; Life (Ga.) 20; Tougaloo (Miss.) 15; Campbellsville (Ky.) 9; Missouri Baptist 8; West Virginia Tech 7; LSU Shreveport (La.) 6; Baker (Kan.) 3; Oklahoma City 3.


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