HBCU's were well represented in the final poll of the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NCTA). Six teams made the top 25 and four others received votes.
North Carolina A&T was the top rated HBCU squad at #7 followed by MEAC Champion Delaware State (#11), Maryland Eastern Shore (#12), MEAC Runner-up Norfolk State (#21), SWAC Champion Jackson State (#23) and SWAC Runner-up Prairie View A&M (#25).
CIAA Runner-up Fayetteville State, Bethune-Cookman, Alabama State and CIAA Champion Bowie State also received points.
National Tenpin Coaches Association 2015-16 Final Poll
|1st Place |
|1. Stephen F. Austin State University||81-41||18||755||5|
|2, University of Nebraska||93-30||2||706||1|
|3. Arkansas State University||80-31||637||2|
|4. McKendree University||59-35||597||7|
|5. Vanderbilt University||101-37||577||3|
|6. Sam Houston State University||96-43||575||4|
|7. North Carolina A&T State University||76-38||533||8|
|8. University of Central Missouri||79-39||505||6|
|9. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater||62-48||406||10|
|10. Fairleigh Dickenson University||79-39||405||9|
|11. Delaware State University||58-25||357||13|
|12. University of Maryland Eastern Shore||71-41||332||11|
|13. LIO Brooklyn||74-55||285||12|
|14. St. Francis University (Pa.)||63-43||241||14|
|15. Sacred Heart University||63-42||225||16|
|16. Kutztown University||7042||186||15|
|17. Monmouth University||54-57||143||17|
|18. Adelphi University||52-47||135||21|
|19. Saint Francis Brooklyn College||70-70||119||18|
|20. Tulane University||53-58||116||19|
|21. Norfolk State University||44-32||107||20|
|22. Valparaiso University||44-61||77||22|
|T23. Jackson State University||53-50||44||25|
|T23. Elmhurst College||25-21||44||23|
|25. Prairie View A&M University||56-58||41||24|
Also receiving points:
Fayetteville State University; Caldwell University; Bethune-Cookman University; Alabama State University; Bowie State University
NTCA voters rank the top 20 teams on their ballot. Each position has a designated point value, ranging from 32 points for first place and one point for twentieth place.
Teams are ranked using the adjusted total point standings, after the highest and lowest votes are dropped.