Georgetown College Kentucky

2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Preseason (October 14, 2020)

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 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)

RANK LAST YEAR (Division) SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] 2019-20 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 (I) Georgetown (Ky.) [12] 30-2 578
2 2 (I) Mid-America Christian (Okla.) [3] 30-2 563
3 2 (II) Indiana Wesleyan [5] 29-4 555
4 5 (I) William Penn (Iowa) 30-3 512
5 6 (I) Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) [1] 29-3 506
6 3 (I) LSU Shreveport (La.) 29-3 498
7 3 (II) Morningside (Iowa) 27-3 467
8 1 (II) College of Idaho 31-3 436
9 17 (I) Arizona Christian 25-8 426
10 9 (I) John Brown (Ark.) 28-5 407
11 16 (I) Providence (Mont.) 24-8 360
12 6 (II) Marian (Ind.) 25-7 328
13 13 (I) LSU Alexandria (La.) 25-6 293
14 5 (II) Ottawa (Kan.) 28-6 283
15 14 (I) Cumberlands (Ky.) 24-8 282
16 21 (I) Loyola (La.) 23-10 278
17 4 (II) Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 30-3 268
18 4 (I) Dalton State (Ga.) 30-3 257
19 19 (I) The Master's (Calif.) 23-8 231
20 10 (I) Xavier (La.) 27-6 193
21 12 (I) Carroll (Mont.) 24-9 176
22 11 (I) SAGU (Texas) 25-7 161
23 7 (II) Oregon Tech 26-7 149
24 16 (II) Union (Ky.) 24-10 138
25 9 (II) Antelope Valley (Calif.) 28-4 115

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.

Championship Information

NAIA DI Men's Basketball Championship


MEN'S BASKETBALL
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 18-23, 2021
Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Mo.