Bears are 22nd in first regular-season poll

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville Bears landed at No. 22 on Monday when the NAIA released its first regular-season Division I men’s basketball poll.

That is the result of the Bears losing three of their last four games, all against Mid-South Conference competition. The losses came after the Bears knocked off Mountain State University on Nov. 16 by a final of 98-93 in a game that not only served as a rematch of last year’s national championship game, but also pitted the teams ranked atop the preseason poll this season.

When they play on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Beckley, W.Va., the Bears will face the No. 9 team in the country. The Cougars dropped only seven spots in the poll despite suffering the same number of losses as the Bears.

Pikeville, 7-3, was No. 1 in the preseason poll and atop the ratings in men’s basketball for the first time in school history after its improbable run through five of the top nine teams in the country to claim last year’s national championship. The Bears were named No. 1 despite returning only junior guard Trevor Setty, the national tournament’s MVP, from the starting unit a season ago.

UPIKE is replaced atop the poll by a pair of teams. Concordia, Calif., and Robert Morris, Ill., are tied for No. 1. Robert Morris is 9-0 and got six of the dozen first-place votes, while Concordia is 8-0 and picked up five top-line nods.

Oklahoma Baptist is 8-0 and finished third this week, while Georgetown’s perfect 10-0 start got it the other first-place vote and No. 4 in the country.

The other two unbeaten teams in the country – 9-0 Shorter, Ga., and 7-0 Rogers State, Okla. – are fifth and sixth, respectively.

Mountain State is the only three-loss team among the Top 13 in the country.

Despite suffering its first loss of the season Thursday night at the hands of the Bears, Cumberlands leaped from the receiving-votes column to 12th with an 8-1 record. Lindsey Wilson is 7-3 but its win at home over Pikeville on Saturday vaulted it from completely out of the preseason poll to 16th.

Pikeville is the fourth MSC school in the ratings at 22nd. Among the 16 teams receiving votes outside the Top 25 is St. Catharine with one vote.

The next poll will be released by the national office in Kansas City on Monday, Dec. 12.

2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – (Dec. 5)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)
2011-12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS

T1 3 Robert Morris (Ill.) (6) 9-0 306
T1 4 Concordia (Calif.) (5) 8-0 306
3 7 Oklahoma Baptist 8-0 292
4 8 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 10-0 284
5 12 Shorter (Ga.) 9-0 269
6 11 Rogers State (Okla.) 7-0 261
7 10 Texas Wesleyan 6-1 251
8 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 8-2 237
9 2 Mountain State (W.Va.) 8-3 236
10 9 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 6-2 219
11 RV Westminster (Utah) 10-2 208
12 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 8-1 206
13 18 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 6-1 195
14 19 Evangel (Mo.) 9-3 181
15 15 Biola (Calif.) 6-1 176
16 NR Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7-3 136
17 15 Montana State-Northern 11-2 133
18 20 Southern Poly (Ga.) 6-2 130
19 RV Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 7-3 124
T20 13 Tougaloo (Miss.) 9-4 119
T20 NR John Brown (Ark.) 9-1 119
22 1 Pikeville (Ky.) 7-3 102
23 24 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-3 80
24 RV Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5-3 74
25 25 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 6-3 62

Others receiving votes: Xavier (La.) 54; Columbia (Mo.) 43; Voorhees (S.C.) 32; Baker (Kan.) 28; Montana Western 26; Cumberland (Tenn.) 22; William Carey (Miss.) 19; SAGU (Texas) 8; Oklahoma Christian 4; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3; Lee (Tenn.) 1; Spring Hill (Ala.) 1; Northwestern Oklahoma State 1; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 1; Carroll (Mont.) 1; Westmont (Calif.) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.


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