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Bears climb five spots in NAIA ratings

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Wins over a team ranked third in the country and another receiving votes pushed the University of Pikeville up five places in the latest NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll, released Tuesday by the national office in Kansas City.

The Bears are ranked 12th in the country this week.

Pikeville, 21-5, picked up a 95-87 win over then-No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College last Thursday and followed it up on Saturday with a 77-75 win over Campbellsville University, which also received votes in last week’s poll.

While the Bears moved up after their week the Blue Raiders’ third loss of the season cost them only one spot in the poll, as Lindsey Wilson landed at No. 4 with a 24-3.

The other ranked Mid-South Conference team, Georgetown College, remained essentially the same this week. The Tigers went from 13th to tied for that slot after a 1-1 worksheet last week.

Pikeville’s Saturday opponent, Shawnee State, and Campbellsville continued getting votes in this week’s poll, but not enough to crack the Top 25.

Columbia, Mo., remains the only unbeaten team in the country and is atop the poll unanimously. The 28-0 Cougars have only two games between them an unbeaten regular season – Wednesday’s contest against Harris-Stowe State (5-23) and a Saturday-afternoon contest at 12-15 William Woods (Mo.).

Columbia beat Harris-Stowe 93-49 on the road and William Woods 73-53 at home in late January.

Lee, Tenn., is second again at 25-1. John Brown (Ark.) is 24-4 and moved to third. Lindsey is followed by Lewis-Clark State in fifth.

Cal State San Marcos, SAGU (Texas), Westmont (Calif.), Oklahoma Baptist and Evangel, Mo., round out the Top 10.

Pikeville will complete the regular season with three road games in a five-day span. It begins Thursday at Rio Grande in the second game of a doubleheader, set for an 8 p.m. tipoff. Saturday the Bears face Shawnee State at 4 p.m., with the regular-season finale at U.Va.-Wise on Monday at 8 p.m.

The complete poll is as follows:
2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 9
RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012 – 13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 28-0 281
2 2 Lee (Tenn.) 25-1 272
3 4 John Brown (Ark.) 24-4 258
4 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 24-3 249
5 5 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 25-3 248
6 7 Cal State San Marcos 22-4 241
7 8 SAGU (Texas) 24-3 225
8 6 Westmont (Calif.) 23-5 216
9 10 Oklahoma Baptist 22-6 206
10 11 Evangel (Mo.) 21-5 195
11 19 William Carey (Miss.) 22-4 189
12 17 Pikeville (Ky.) 21-5 170
T13 12 Montana State-Northern 22-6 167
T13 13 Georgetown (Ky.) 20-6 167
15 16 Bethel (Tenn.) 24-4 156
16 14 Xavier (La.) 22-6 151
17 15 Emmanuel (Ga.) 25-3 150
18 21 Hope International (Calif.) 23-5 126
19 20 LSU Shreveport (La.) 19-5 103
20 22 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 21-7 101
21 9 Faulkner (Ala.) 23-5 99
22 RV Montana Western 19-8 87
23 RV Philander Smith (Ark.) 19-8 75
24 RV Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 17-9 68
25 T23 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 21-7 65

Others receiving votes: Arizona Christian 56; St. Thomas (Texas) 38; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 38; Rogers State (Okla.) 20; Park (Mo.) 20; Shawnee State (Ohio) 14; Westminster (Utah) 12; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 4; West Virginia Tech 4; Texas College 3; Campbellsville (Ky.) 3.


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