Northwestern Ranked 5th in Men’s Basketball Poll

Orange City, Iowa — Northwestern College opens the season ranked fifth in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball preseason coaches’ poll released earlier today by the national office.

Totaling 264 points, the Red Raiders are fifth in the initial poll, up seven spots from the No.12 rating they had in the final poll of the 2016-17 season. Northwestern is one of three GPAC teams in the top 25, joining No.10 Dakota Wesleyan and No.18 Briar Cliff. A fourth GPAC team, Morningside, received votes.

Cornerstone (Mich.) holds down the top spot, earning 10 of the 12 possible first place votes. Defending national champion Union (Ky.) is second and received the final two first place votes, followed by Saint Francis (Ind.), Bellevue (Neb.) and Northwestern.

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2016-17 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) (10) 34-4 311
2 1 Union (Ky.) (2) 35-3 295
3 13 Saint Francis (Ind.) 23-11 284
4 5 Bellevue (Neb.) 25-11 281
5 12 Northwestern (Iowa) 27-7 264
6 3 Indiana Wesleyan 29-8 262
7 14 College of Idaho 24-10 256
8 7 Trinity International (Ill.) 30-6 249
9 6 IU East (Ind.) 28-8 238
10 20 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 23-10 206
11 NR Southern Oregon 18-13 194
12 10 Robert Morris (Ill.) 27-7 189
13 RV Southwestern (Kan.) 23-10 183
14 RV Florida Memorial 18-8 171
15 21 Taylor (Ind.) 21-12 168
T16 8 Tabor (Kan.) 25-10 136
T16 22 Oregon Tech 24-10 136
18 11 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 26-8 132
19 23 IU Southeast (Ind.) 24-7 131
20 RV St. Thomas (Fla.) 20-9 106
21 18 Rochester (Mich.) 29-3 105
22 4 Bethel (Ind.) 31-5 81
23 NR Montreat (N.C.) 19-10 80
24 9 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 25-6 69
25 16 Warner (Fla.) 25-4 68

Others Receiving Votes: Morningside (Iowa) 59; WVU Tech 57; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 40; Oklahoma Wesleyan 35; Valley City State (N.D.) 27; Washington Adventist (Md.) 24; York (Neb.) 13; Keiser (Fla.) 13; Michigan-Dearborn 12; Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) 9; Reinhardt (Ga.) 7; Dickinson State (N.D.) 6; Corban (Ore.) 4; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 4; Southeastern (Fla.) 3.

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