Men's Basketball - Mon, Mar. 19, 2012

NAIA DIVISION II MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON NATIONAL POLL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Monday afternoon from the national office, that after making their second-ever trip to NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament on March 7, Dakota State gained more votes recognition to the postseason 'Top 25' national poll.

Dakota State completed a historical 2011-12 men's basketball campaign with an 18-13 overall record; most wins in 20 years when DSU went to the 'Final Four' in 1992 with a 19-16 record.  The Trojans also won their first-ever Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference tournament, which was hosted in Madison. 

DSU dropped an overtime heartbreaker to current-No. 4 McPherson (Kan.) 69-63 in the first-round of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament's first-round game in Point Lookout, Mo. 

The Trojans were 2-1 against ranked teams in their last three games of the season, including upset victories over then-No. 25 Valley City State (N.D.) 82-73 and then-No. 8 Jamestown (N.D.) 80-71 in the A.I.I. conference tournament.

Dakota State had faced ten nationally ranked opponents - of which six of these opponents were ranked in the 'Top 10' during the 2011-12 season.

Oregon Tech claimed the No. 1 ranking after capturing the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship, defeating tournament's top-seed Northwood (Fla.) on March 13.

Below is the final 2011-12 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll as of March 19, 2012:

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1st Place Votes) 2011-12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Oregon Tech (13) 34-4 343
2 1 Northwood (Fla.) 33-4 332
3 3 Davenport (Mich.) 32-5 321
4 5 McPherson (Kan.) 33-4 310
5 4 Dordt (Iowa) 30-5 298
6 6 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 30-6 288
7 8 Northwest (Wash.) 29-5 278
8 7 Bellevue (Neb.) 28-6 260
9 10 Northwestern (Iowa) 26-7 255
10 12 Saint Thomas (Fla.) 23-9 235
11 9 Jamestown (N.D.) 25-7 226
12 11 Grace (Ind.) 24-8 219
13 14 Indiana Southeast 26-8 212
14 16 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 24-9 209
15 17 Warner (Fla.) 24-11 188
16 13 Indiana Wesleyan 21-12 185
17 15 Saint Ambrose (Iowa) 25-9 161
18 19 Marian (Ind.) 20-11 159
19 T23 Saint Francis (Ind.) 21-13 141
20 22 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 22-11 136
21 18 Indiana Tech 23-8 131
22 21 Saint Mary (Kan.) 25-6 101
23 20 Indiana East 24-8 95
24 NR Daemen (N.Y.) 20-11 80
25 25 Cornerstone (Mich.) 19-13 75
Dropped Out:  No. 23 Tennessee Wesleyan
Also receiving votes:  Eastern Oregon 68, Tennessee Wesleyan 66; Cal Maritime 43; Valley City State (N.D.) 34; William Penn (Iowa) 19; Dakota State 11; Lourdes (Ohio) 5; Ashford (Iowa) 4; Reinhardt (Ga.) 1; Southeastern (Fla.) 1.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
  • Mar. 3 - Men's Basketball vs University of Jamestown - L 72-67 - recap - stats
  • Mar. 1 - Men's Basketball vs Valley City State University - W 74-56 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 22 - Men's Basketball vs University of Jamestown - W 96-88 (OT) - recap - stats
  • Feb. 19 - Men's Basketball vs Mayville State University - W 78-65 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 15 - Men's Basketball vs Valley City State University - W 65-51 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 8 - Men's Basketball vs Presentation College - W 73-63 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 5 - Men's Basketball vs University of Jamestown - L 80-69 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 1 - Men's Basketball vs Valley City State University - L 88-63 - recap - stats
  • Jan. 29 - Men's Basketball vs Mayville State University - W 90-60 - recap - stats
  • Jan. 25 - Men's Basketball vs 5Dordt College - L 98-90 - recap - stats
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