Gold Rush enter top 25 for first time this season

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NEW ORLEANS — Five consecutive victories helped Xavier University of Louisiana men’s basketball climb into the NAIA top 25 Wednesday.

The Gold Rush (6-1) are 22nd in the coaches poll, the third of the 2021-22 season. It’s XULA’s first top-25 appearance since Dec. 16, 2020, when it was 23rd.

XULA is one of two Red River Athletic Conference teams in the top 25. LSU-Alexandria — which will play host to the Gold Rush Jan. 20 and visit XULA Feb. 3 — is 19th. Unbeaten Saint Francis (Ind.) received 17-of-21 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the second consecutive poll.

The next rankings will be announced Dec. 15 and Jan. 12.

This is the 12th consecutive season that XULA reached the top 25 in this sport.

NAIA RANKINGS
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Nov. 28)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (17) 10-0 588 1
2 Loyola (N.O.) (3) 10-0 573 2
3 William Penn (1) 9-0 549 3
4 Carroll (Mont.) 10-0 532 5
5 Talladega 10-0 515 7
6 Arizona Christian 9-1 475 4
7 Indiana Wesleyan 8-1 474 8
8 SAGU 6-1 457 9
9 Oklahoma Wesleyan 10-0 456 14
10 Jamestown 9-1 430 10
11 Science & Arts 6-2 367 12
12 The Master’s 5-1 328 17
13 Grace 9-0 312 RV
14 Stillman 5-1 300 15
15 College of Idaho 7-2 296 18
16 Thomas More 5-1 277 RV
17 Georgetown (Ky.) 7-1 274 16
18 Morningside 5-1 259 22
19 LSU-Alexandria 7-1 222 RV
20 Lewis-Clark State 7-1 201 19
21 Shawnee State 5-2 197 6
22 XULA 6-1 167 RV
23 William Jessup 9-1 143 RV
24 Marian (Ind.) 5-2 141 11
25 Bethel (Kan.) 6-2 131 12
Dropped from rankings: No. 20 LSU-Shreveport, No. 21 Mid-America Christian, No. 23 Olivet Nazarene, No. 24 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 25 Cornerstone
Others receiving votes: Kansas Wesleyan 123, IU South Bend 110, Concordia (Neb.) 81, Park (Mo.) 74, Cornerstone 59, Olivet Nazarene 58, Menlo 38, Pikeville 31, Faulkner 21, WVU Tech 18, Southeastern (Fla.) 14, Montana Tech 13, Missouri Valley 12, Florida College 11, John Brown 10, Central Methodist 7, Northwestern (Iowa) 6, Tennessee Wesleyan 5, Westmont 3, Valley City State 3

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