Northwestern Ranked #1 In Latest NAIA Men’s Basketball Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwestern (Iowa) claims the No. 1 ranking in the first regular-season NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Red Raiders claimed seven first-place votes and 302 total points.

Northwestern is ranked in the No. 1 position for the first time since the 2005-06 preseason poll. Since 1998, the Red Raiders have been in the top spot nine times. The Red Raiders are off to a 9-0 start this season – one of only five unbeaten teams in Division II. The opening stretch is the best start for the Red Raiders since they opened the 2011-12 season 7-0. Northwestern returns to the court Wednesday when they travel to No. 15 Morningside (Iowa) in a key Great Plains Athletic Conference contest.

RANK PRVS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 5 Northwestern (Iowa) (7) 9-0 302
2 1 Cornerstone (Mich.) (1) 8-2 295
3 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) (1) 7-2 290
4 6 Indiana Wesleyan 7-1 276
5 NR Indiana Tech (3) 8-0 274
6 9 IU East (Ind.) 9-2 266
7 7 College of Idaho 6-3 252
8 13 Southwestern (Kan.) 9-0 244
9 18 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 9-1 232
10 8 Trinity International (Ill.) 8-2 216
11 RV Southeastern (Fla.) 6-1 201
12 15 Taylor (Ind.) 7-1 200
13 11 Southern Oregon 5-3 189
14 2 Union (Ky.) 5-4 165
15 RV Morningside (Iowa) 5-1 141
16 22 Bethel (Ind.) 8-1 131
17 NR College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 7-1 128
18 NR Jamestown (N.D.) 9-2 123
19 23 Montreat (N.C.) 9-0 122
20 RV Oklahoma Wesleyan 8-2 115
21 RV Spring Arbor (Mich.) 9-1 108
T22 16 Oregon Tech 6-3 107
T22 20 St. Thomas (Fla.) 4-2 107
24 25 Warner (Fla.) 7-3 105
25 19 IU Southeast (Ind.) 5-4 85

Others Receiving Votes: Roosevelt (Ill.) 47; Midland (Neb.) 47; Michigan-Dearborn 35; Allen (S.C.) 26; Stillman (Ala.) 26; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 18; Cal Maritime 18; Keiser (Fla.) 16; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 15; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 6; Friends (Kan.) 6; Bellevue (Neb.) 3; York (Neb.) 3; Dakota State (S.D.) 3.

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