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Trojans make sixth straight appearance in NAIA D-II Men's Basketball poll
January 22, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dakota State University made their sixth straight appearance to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll. The sixth regular-season edition of the 2012-13 national poll was announced Tuesday evening by the national office.
DSU, a member of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.), received five votes to the national poll for the third straight week. Two other A.I.I. teams are ranked in the Top 25 – Rochester (Mich.) at No. 14 and Valley City State (N.D.) at No. 24.
Dakota State is currently 14-6 overall record this season. The Trojans completed their season sweep over long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan in many years (73-58 on Jan. 16 in Mitchell, S.D.). DSU dropped a 62-57 setback to host-team Jamestown (N.D.) in the Dakota Tip-off Classic on Jan. 19, but bounced back in the winning column on Jan. 20 with a 65-49 rout over Mayville State (N.D.).
DSU returns home for a pair of games against teams from North Dakota. The Trojans welcome the nationally-ranked Valley City State on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dakota State entertains Trinity Bible at 6 p.m. Both games will be held at the DSU Fieldhouse.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The seventh-regular season Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 29.
2012-13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Rating No. 6
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2012-13 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Eastern Oregon (12)||22-1||343|
|2||2||William Penn (Iowa) (1)||21-1||332|
|4||6||Saint Thomas (Fla.)||17-4||293|
|5||3||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||20-3||285|
|6||8||Warner Pacific (Ore.)||18-4||283|
|9||7||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||19-3||256|
|16||18||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||19-4||188|
|19||24||Ave Maria (Fla.)||16-3||129|
|23||RV||Saint Mary (Kan.)||15-5||81|
|24||20||Valley City State (N.D.)||15-5||79|
|Dropped Out: No. 21 Southern Oregon; No. 23 Cal Maritime; No. 25 College of the Ozarks (Mo.)|
|Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Wesleyan 48; Cal Maritime 43; Cornerstone (Mich.) 38; Southern Oregon 33; Tennessee Wesleyan 27; Bellevue (Neb.) 26; Taylor (Ind.) 19; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 7; Dakota State (S.D.) 5; Indiana East 3.|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director