KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dakota State returned back to the receiving votes' section in the tenth edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, announced Tuesday evening.
DSU, a member of Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) received four votes to the national poll. Two other A.I.I. teams are ranked in the Top 25. Rochester (Mich.) remained at No. 9, while Valley City State (N.D.) dropped three spots to No. 23 from No. 20.
Dakota State split a pair of games on the road in North Dakota last week. The Trojans recorded a 66-60 victory at Jamestown on Feb. 13, but dropped a 71-66 contest at then-No. 20 Valley City State on Feb. 16.
DSU recorded their 19th victory of the season on Feb. 13 for the first time since 1991-92 season, the year Trojans advanced to NAIA's Final Four with an overall record of 19-16.
Dakota State, third-seed, is scheduled to play sixth-seed Northern New Mexico in the first round of the A.I.I. Division II Men's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament in Jamestown, N.D. on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. The A.I.I. tournament runs through Sunday with a championship game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The teams in the A.I.I. championship game each will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament in Point Lookout, Mo. on March 6-12.
Conference and independent postseason tournaments are in full swing through Feb. 26.
On Feb. 27, the NAIA is providing a free live selection show with graphics to reveal the 32-team bracket for the 22nd Annual NAIA Division II Men's basketball National Championship. The men's bracket will be announced immediately after the women's at approximately 7:15 p.m. (Central Standard Time). At 4 p.m., the final regular-season Top 25 poll will be posted on www.naia.org.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.
2012-13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 10
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2012-13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||William Penn (Iowa) (13)||28-1||343|
|2||2||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||27-3||331|
|7||7||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||26-4||275|
|10||10||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||25-4||244|
|12||12||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||24-6||231|
|22||22||Saint Thomas (Fla.)||19-9||117|
|23||20||Valley City State (N.D.)||21-7||114|
|Dropped Out: No. 14 Ave Maria (Fla.); No. 24 Doane (Neb.); No. 25 Taylor (Ind.)|
|Receiving Votes: Saint Mary (Kan.) 45; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 39; Cornerstone (Mich.) 38; Midland (Neb.) 31; Ave Maria (Fla.) 30; Lourdes (Ohio) 21; Oklahoma Wesleyan 18; Indiana East 15; Cal Maritime 9; Point (Ga.) 6; Dakota State (S.D.) 4; Doane (Neb.) 3.|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director