Men's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 20, 2013

2012-13 NAIA DIVISION II MEN'S BASKETBALL TOP 25 POSTSEASON POLL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dakota State men's basketball team continues their historic season as they earned their first ranking in school history, announced Wednesday afternoon by the national office.  The Trojans are ranked No. 14 (tie) in the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Postseason 'Top 25' national poll. 

Dakota State, a member of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.), tallied a total of 173 points after recording a school record 24 victories.  The Trojans are tied with Bellevue (Neb.) at No. 14.  

DSU had appeared in the recognition section of the national poll for the majority of the season.  The Trojans were 5-5 against teams that are ranked in the NAIA's 'Top 25' poll (defeated No. 19 Bellevue, Neb.; No. 10 Dordt, Iowa; No. 23 Valley City State (N.D.); No. 5 Warner Pacific (Ore.) and No. 21 St. Thomas, Fla.).

Dakota State claimed back-to-back A.I.I. Division II Conference Postseason Tournament Champions for the first time in school history.  In addition, the Trojans earned their second consecutive national tournament appearance, which has never happened in DSU men's basketball program history.

DSU advanced to the 'Elite Eight' in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament for the second time in school history (the Trojans advanced to the Final Four in 1992).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES) 2012-13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (12) 35-3 312
2 1 William Penn (Iowa) 34-2 302
3 10 Indiana Southeast 30-5 289
4 11 Dordt (Iowa) 28-7 274
5 20 Grace (Ind.) 24-10 271
6 3 Northwood (Fla.) 30-4 266
7 6 Indiana Wesleyan 26-7 240
8 7 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 29-6 237
9 4 Northwestern (Iowa) 24-7 234
10 18 Southern Oregon 25-10 203
11 9 Davenport (Mich.) 27-7 202
12 17 Bethel (Ind.) 25-10 197
13 5 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 27-7 187
T14 RV Dakota State (S.D.) 24-10 173
T14 19 Bellevue (Neb.) 24-11 173
16 12 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 27-6 156
17 15 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 25-9 151
18 25 Midland (Neb.) 21-13 132
19 22 York (Neb.) 24-9 130
T20 8 Eastern Oregon 28-5 122
T20 21 St. Thomas (Fla.) 21-12 122
22 14 Madonna (Mich.) 25-9 113
23 RV Cal Maritime 25-7 107
24 13 Tennessee Wesleyan 25-8 92
T25 NR College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 23-13 72
T25 16 Rochester (Mich.) 23-5 72
Dropped Out:  No. 23 Northwest (Wash.); No. 24 Valley City State (N.D.); No. 25 Oklahoma Wesleyan
Receiving Votes:  Valley City State (N.D.) 42; Northwest (Wash.) 38; Lourdes (Ohio) 35; Taylor (Ind.) 12; Ave Maria (Fla.) 10; Saint Mary (Kan.) 5; Morningside (Iowa) 4; Hastings (Neb.) 3; Oklahoma Wesleyan 3.

^ranking on Feb. 27, 2013 in the final regular-season Top 25

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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