Peru State Ranked 17th in Initial Top 25 Poll

Peru State Ranked 17th in Initial Top 25 Poll
2018-19 Peru State Men's Basketball Team (Courtesy Photo)

PERU – With a win over preseason No. 1 The Master’s (Calif.) already under its belt, LSU Alexandria (La.) ascended to the top spot in the first NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll of the regular season. The Generals received eight of nine first place votes with an 8-1 record.

The Master’s dropped just one spot with the lone blemish on its record while Carroll (Mont.), William Penn (Iowa) and Campbellsville (Ky.) rounded-out the top five.

The Peru State men’s basketball team finds themselves at 17th in the first poll having been receiving votes in the preseason poll. Three other Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) schools are in the Top 25 – William Penn – fourth, Benedictine (Kan.) – 15th, and Graceland (Iowa) – 25th. Another Heart school – MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) – is among those receiving votes.

Other than receiving votes in the preseason poll, the last time the Bobcats were in the poll was Feb. 13 of last season when they were receiving votes. Today’s ranking was the highest since the team was 15th in the final regular season poll in 2016.

2018-19 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 1 (Dec. 4, 2018)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 t-2 LSU Alexandria (La.) [8] 8-1 219
2 1 The Master’s (Calif.) 8-1 208
3 22 Carroll (Mont.) 11-0 203
4 t-2 William Penn (Iowa) 11-1 202
5 RV Campbellsville (Ky.) [1] 11-0 189
6 RV Langston (Okla.) 9-0 186
7 RV Faulkner (Ala.) 8-0 181
8 RV Missouri Baptist 10-0 171
9 4 Georgetown (Ky.) 11-1 158
10 17 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 8-1 145
11 RV Stillman (Ala.) 8-0 140
12 NR Arizona Christian 7-1 136
13 RV Wiley (Texas) 7-1 134
14 5 Oklahoma City 6-2 131
15 NR Benedictine (Kan.) 9-2 121
16 8 Pikeville (Ky.) 11-2 110
17 RV Peru State (Neb.) 7-1 106
18 NR Central Baptist (Ark.) 8-0 104
19 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 7-2 79
20 t-23 Westmont (Calif.) 6-2 76
21 16 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-2 66
22 7 LSU Shreveport (La.) 7-4 63
23 t-11 Dillard (La.) 7-4 57
23 NR John Brown (Ark.) 7-2 57
25 RV Graceland (Iowa) 7-3 54

Dropped from the Top 25: Columbia (Mo.), Hope International (Calif.), William Carey (Miss.), Central Methodist (Mo.), Texas Wesleyan, Rocky Mountain (Mont.), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Dalton State (Ga.), Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas), Menlo (Calif.), Xavier (La.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

Others Receiving Votes: Providence (Mont.) 50, William Carey (Miss.) 44, Hope International (Calif.) 44, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 18, Tougaloo (Miss.) 17, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 6, Loyola (La.) 3, Science & Arts (Okla.) 3.

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