Gold Rush climb to No. 13 nationally, will visit No. 18 Tougaloo

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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana climbed to 13th Wednesday, up two places, in the NAIA Division I men’s basketball coaches poll.

The ranking is the highest for the Gold Rush since 13th on Oct. 28, 2014. It’s XULA’s highest February ranking since 13th on Feb. 25, 2014. XULA shares the 13th spot with Cumberlands.

XULA is one of three Gulf Coast Athletic Conference teams in the top 25 — Tougaloo is 18th and Talladega is tied for 22nd — and XULA will visit Tougaloo in its next game at 5 p.m. Saturday. Venue will be Kroger Gym in Tougaloo, Miss., on the outskirts of Jackson.

Both the Gold Rush and Tougaloo are 19-4 overall. Tougaloo is 8-0 in the GCAC, and XULA is 7-0. XULA has won nine straight and 15 of its last 16 games.

Unbeaten Georgetown (Ky.) is a unanimous No. 1 for the fifth time in as many polls this season. The next rankings will be announced Feb. 19.

2019-20 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Feb. 2)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Georgetown (Ky.) (9) 21-0 219 1
2 Mid-America Christian 21-1 212 2
3 Dalton State 21-1 201 6
4 Westmont 21-2 197 4
5 Lewis-Clark State 21-1 196 12
6 LSU-Shreveport 19-3 180 5
7 William Penn 19-3 178 3
8 LSU-Alexandria 19-4 166 11
9 John Brown 19-3 161 10
10 Faulkner 19-3 155 13
11 Providence (Mont.) 18-4 148 8
12 The Master’s 17-5 139 7
13-tie XULA 18-4 135 15
13-tie Cumberlands 18-4 135 16
15 SAGU 17-3 121 22
16 Loyola (N.O.) 17-5 110 17
17 Carroll (Mont.) 16-6 105 9
18 Tougaloo 18-4 95 RV
19 Central Baptist 15-5 85 21
20 Texas Wesleyan 16-5 80 19
21 William Jessup 16-7 74 NR
22-tie Shawnee State 16-8 71 25
22-tie Talladega 17-5 71 20
24 Clarke (Iowa) 16-7 59 RV
25 William Carey 15-7 46 24

Dropped from rankings: No. 14 Pikeville, No. 18 Hope International, No. 23 Arizona Christian.
Others receiving votes: Lindsey Wilson 37, Arizona Christian 36, Menlo 30, Montana Tech 22, Lyon 9, Thomas More 9, Pikeville 7, Bethel (Tenn.) 6, Dillard 4, Benedictine (Kan.) 4, Park (Mo.) 3.

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