KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dakota State men's basketball team made their sixth appearance this season in the national poll's recognition Wednesday afternoon. It was the final NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll before the national tournament, which kicks off next Wednesday, March 7 in Point Lookout, Mo.
Dakota State qualified for the national tournament for the first time since 1992 after defeating then-No. 25 Valley City State 82-73 on Feb. 25. The Trojans defeated current No. 9 Jamestown 80-71 in the 2012 State Farm Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) on Feb. 26.
The Trojans are currently 18-12 overall record, the most wins since 1992 (the year when DSU advanced to the NAIA's 'Final Four' with a 19-16 record). The brackets for the 2012 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships will be announced at 6 p.m. (tonight)
Below is the final 2011-12 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll as of Feb. 29, 2012:
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1st Place Votes)||2011-12 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Northwood (Fla.) (14)||30-3||374|
|6||6||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||28-5||311|
|12||11||Saint Thomas (Fla.)||22-7||237|
|15||T15||Saint Ambrose (Iowa)||25-8||208|
|16||T15||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||23-7||191|
|21||22||Saint Mary (Kan.)||25-5||135|
|22||19||Briar Cliff (Iowa)||21-10||123|
|T23||RV||Saint Francis (Ind.)||21-12||105|
|Dropped Out: No. 25 Valley City State (N.D.)|
|Other receiving votes: Daemen (N.Y.) 65; Eastern Oregon 58; Valley City State (N.D.) 54; Midland (Neb.) 35; Cal Maritime 24; Ashford (Iowa) 15; Dakota State (S.D.) 8; Reinhardt (Ga.) 3; Southeastern (Fla.) 3; Calumet (Ind.) 1; William Penn (Iowa) 1; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 1; Lourdes (Ohio) 1.|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director