Oskaloosa–The William Penn men’s basketball team has taken some hits over the last few weeks, but is still a top-10 team as the NAIA released its seventh Division I rating Tuesday.
The Statesmen (19-5, 12-4 Heart), who have split their last six games, dropped into a tie for #9 with Biola (Calif.) at 182 points. Fellow Heart foe MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) improves to #17, while Peru State (Neb.) falls one slot to #18. Avila (Mo.) is again in the receiving votes section, unofficially 31st in the NAIA.
LSU Alexandria remains #1 with 250 points and nine first-place votes. Georgetown (Ky.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (last first-place vote), Pikeville (Ky.), and Columbia (Mo.) round out the top five.
William Penn is home Wednesday, hosting Culver-Stockton (Mo.) in Heart of America Athletic Conference action at 7:30 p.m.
NAIA Men’s Basketball Rating #7 – February 9, 2016
(Number in parentheses is first-place votes)
1. LSU-Alexandria (9)
2. Georgetown (Ky.)
3. Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) (1)
4. Pikeville (Ky.)
5. Columbia (Mo.)
6. Talladega (Ala.)
7. Hope International (Calif.)
8. Texas Wesleyan
9. William Penn
9. Biola (Calif.)
11. Mid-America Christian (Okla.)
12. Langston (Okla.)
13. Carroll (Mont.)
14. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
15. William Carey (Miss.)
16. Westmont (Calif.)
17. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
18. Peru State (Neb.)
19. Arizona Christian
20. Park (Mo.)
21. Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
22. Campbellsville (Ky.)
23. Oklahoma City
23. Cumberlands (Ky.)
25. William Jessup (Calif.)
Others receiving votes: Middle Georgia State 55; Dillard (La.) 48; Xavier (La.) 46; Voorhees (S.C.) 24; Montana Western 16; Avila (Mo.) 9; William Woods (Mo.) 3.
Story provided by Wade Steinlage