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|
|6||6||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||30-6||288|
|10||12||Saint Thomas (Fla.)||23-9||235|
|14||16||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||24-9||209|
|17||15||Saint Ambrose (Iowa)||25-9||161|
|19||T23||Saint Francis (Ind.)||21-13||141|
|20||22||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||22-11||136|
|22||21||Saint Mary (Kan.)||25-6||101|
|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