Georgetown (Ky.) tops NAIA preseason hoops poll; Xavier of La. ranked #20

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  In the first poll of merged divisions, perennial NAIA Division I powerhouse Georgetown (Ky.) garnered 12 of the 21 first-place votes to begin the season on top in the preseason edition of the basketball poll released on Wednesday. Mid-America Christian and Indiana Wesleyan followed close behind at Nos. 2 and 3 while William Penn (Iowa) and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) rounded-out the top five.

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 appears 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 –Preseason (October 14, 2020)


11 (I)Georgetown (Ky.) [12]30-2578
22 (I)Mid-America Christian (Okla.) [3]30-2563
32 (II)Indiana Wesleyan [5]29-4555
45 (I)William Penn (Iowa)30-3512
56 (I)Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) [1]29-3506
63 (I)LSU Shreveport (La.)29-3498
73 (II)Morningside (Iowa)27-3467
81 (II)College of Idaho31-3436
917 (I)Arizona Christian25-8426
109 (I)John Brown (Ark.)28-5407
1116 (I)Providence (Mont.)24-8360
126 (II)Marian (Ind.)25-7328
1313 (I)LSU Alexandria (La.)25-6293
145 (II)Ottawa (Kan.)28-6283
1514 (I)Cumberlands (Ky.)24-8282
1621 (I)Loyola (La.)23-10278
174 (II)Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)30-3268
184 (I)Dalton State (Ga.)30-3257
1919 (I)The Master’s (Calif.)23-8231
2010 (I)Xavier (La.)27-6193
2112 (I)Carroll (Mont.)24-9176
2211 (I)SAGU (Texas)25-7161
237 (II)Oregon Tech26-7149
2416 (II)Union (Ky.)24-10138
259 (II)Antelope Valley (Calif.)28-4115

Others Receiving Votes: Thomas More (Ky.) 108, Westmont (Calif.) 107, Southeastern (Fla.) 97, Oklahoma Wesleyan 91, Saint Francis (Ind.) 67, Indiana Tech 55, Central Baptist (Ark.) 43, Washington Adventist (Md.) 39, Holy Cross (Ind.) 39, Faulkner (Ala.) 39, Bellevue (Neb.) 36, Indiana East (Ind.) 36, Park (Mo.) 35, Northwestern (Iowa) 31, Talladega (Ala.) 16, Dillard (La.) 9, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 7, Southern Oregon 4, Shawnee State (Ohio) 4, Cornerstone (Mich.) 4, Dordt (Iowa) 4.

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