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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana men's basketball returned to the national spotlight Tuesday when it was ranked 22nd in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll.naia logo

The top-25 appearance is the first for the XULA men since the preseason poll of Oct. 25, 2016, when they were 25th. It is the first time since Jan. 19, 2016, that the Gold Rush have been ranked in January.

XULA is 14-4 overall and in first place in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference at 3-0 after its 69-55 victory Monday at Talladega. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Gold Rush and the program's longest winning streak since eight in a row Jan. 10-Feb. 5, 2015.

The Gold Rush will play 19th-ranked William Carey at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at XULA's Convocation Center, then visit GCAC and city rival Dillard at 5 p.m. Saturday at Dent Hall.

 

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Jan. 14)

RANK PREVIOUS SCHOOL RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 3 William Penn (Iowa) (4) 16-1 215
2 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (4) 17-0 211
3 4 LSU Shreveport (La.) (1) 16-1 205
4 5 The Master's (Calif.) 18-1 201
T5 7 Columbia (Mo.) 18-1 186
T5 1 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-1 186
7 9 Hope International (Calif.) 18-1 176
8 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 16-2 167
9 T12 Central Methodist (Mo.) 17-1 163
10 2 Carroll (Mont.) 16-2 155
11 21 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 12-3 146
12 6 Pikeville (Ky.) 16-2 143
T13 18 Dalton State (Ga.) 13-4 132
T13 17 LSU Alexandria (La.) 14-4 132
15 20 Science & Arts (Okla.) 13-3 123
16 16 Montana Western 14-3 111
17 19 Missouri Baptist 15-3 102
18 T24 Cumberlands (Ky.) 14-3 95
19 T24 William Carey (Miss.) 12-4 88
20 NR Westmont (Calif.) 14-3 86
21 14 Oklahoma City 11-4 81
22 RV Xavier (La.) 13-4 76
23 RV Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 12-6 65
24 11 Faulkner (Ala.) 13-4 55
25 RV Life (Ga.) 13-5 50

Others Receiving Votes: SAGU (Texas) 33; Vanguard (Calif.) 33; Peru State (Neb.) 24; Langston (Okla.) 17; Montana State-Northern 14; Campbellsville (Ky.) 10; Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 10; Talladega (Ala.) 3; Texas Wesleyan 3.

Dropped Out: No. 12 (tie) Mid-America Christian (Okla.); No. 15 Campbellsville (Ky.); No. 22 William Jessup (Calif.); No. 23 Arizona Christian

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