KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tennessee Wesleyan returns to the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the first time since the first of the year, landing at No. 25 the national office announced Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (16-7 overall, 9-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) started out the year ranked 17th but went 7-7 to fall out of the poll. Tennessee Wesleyan has won its last nine games to put it back in the top 25.
Behind 10-straight wins, Eastern Oregon remains at No. 1 in the seventh regular-season edition of the 2012 - 13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Mountaineers stick on top for the fourth-consecutive poll as they earned 12 first-place nods to go along with 343 points.
With the most wins in the NAIA at 24-1, Eastern Oregon was victorious in the NAIA Game of the Week Jan. 26 against then-No. 15 Northwest (Wash.). The Mountaineers rank in the top-10 nationally in 10 different statistical categories, including seventh in 3-pointers made per game (9.2). Holding a 2.5-game lead in the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings, Eastern Oregon battles Corban (Ore.) on Friday and Northwest Christian (Ore.) on Saturday.
For the second-straight week, No. 2 William Penn (Iowa) collected the remaining first-place vote and 332 points. The Statesmen are No. 1 in nine different team categories, including scoring offense (97.2) and scoring margin (23.5).
No. 3 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) continues its dominance in the top five moving up two spots. The Wolves have owned a top five ranking in each of the eight polls this season. With a loss to then-No. 20 Grace (Ind.) on Jan. 22, Indiana Wesleyan slips one spot to No. 4. Holding the No. 5 spot with 292 points is Northwestern (Iowa).
No. 12 Saint Xavier (Ill.) is the biggest positive mover this week, up four positions. Winners of nine-straight, the Cougars are 1.5 games behind Cardinal Stritch in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
No. 14 Warner Pacific (Ore.), one week after a No. 6 ranking, falls the farthest of any team within the poll. The Knights dropped two decisions last weekend to a pair of unranked foes.
Hastings (Neb.) (No. 25), one week after its first ranking since 2010, falls out.
The Sun Conference lands four Top 25 programs, which is the most of any conference or independent. The Cascade Collegiate Conference, Crossroads League and Great Plains Athletic Conference each place a triplet of teams on the list. Overall, 12 of the 13 conferences and independents are represented this week in the poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The eighth regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Feb. 5.
To view the entire poll, click here.