Wolf Pack remains No. 1 in NAIA

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The undefeated Loyola Wolf Pack sits at No. 1 in the second straight NAIA Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nothing has changed for the Loyola Wolf Pack men’s basketball team. They’re still undefeated with a 16-0 overall record – 5-0 in the Southern States Athletic Conference – and they’re still ranked No. 1 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday. Loyola won all three games since the last poll was released in December, taking down the University of Fort Lauderdale and Mobile back-to-back nights at home to start the New Year, and Dalton State on the road last Thursday.

Like the last poll, The Wolf Pack received all 21 first-place votes, as well as 591 total votes – 38 more votes than No. 2 William Penn (Iowa). That point differential between Loyola and Statesmen is the largest among the Top 5 teams, too.

Another New Orleans school, Xavier, is ranked 19th.

Loyola is next scheduled to play conference foe Blue Mountain College on Saturday, with tip-off set for 2 p.m. in The Den. The Pack is one of two SSAC teams ranked, joining No. 3 Talladega in the national poll. Stillman, which dropped out of the Top 25 Wednesday, and Faulkner are both receiving votes as well, and they’re set to play all three of those teams two times each this season.

The Wolf Pack is currently 3-0 against currently ranked teams, serving No. 14 LSU Alexandria its lone loss while defeating No. 15 Science & Arts and No. 19 Xavier so far this campaign.

Senior Zach Wrightsil and sophomore Brandon Davis each average more than 15 points per game to lead the Wolf Pack, as the two rank fifth and seventh in the SSAC with 15.9 and 15.7 points per game, respectively. Senior Myles Burns, who averages 12.3 points per game, leads the league with 8.6 rebounds per game and 3.4 steals per game. Wrightsil also has a conference-high 59.4 field goal percentage this season, and senior Andrew Fava is third in the conference with a 39 percent 3-point percentage and 2.9 made 3s per game.

You can keep up with the Pack by following Wolf Pack Athletics on Facebook at Facebook.com/LoyolaWolfPack, Twitter and Instagram @LoyolaWolfPack, and by checking out our website at LoyolaWolfPack.com.

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