Dalton State Moves Up To #13 In Latest NAIA Coaches Poll

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

William Penn (Iowa) earns its first No. 1 position in school history in the 2017-18 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Statesmen stand 16-1 on the season and collected 215 points in the poll.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):

  • William Penn (Iowa) posted four first-place votes to take the top spot.
    The Statesmen stand four total points ahead of No. 2-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
  • The Statesmen had held the No. 3 spot in each of the three previous polls this year.
  • William Penn is No. 1 in the NAIA in scoring offense (105.5) and No. 7 in scoring margin (22.4).
  • Lindsey Wilson, in its highest position of the season, stands with four first-place votes. The Blue Raiders are the lone team in NAIA Division I with an undefeated record (17-0).
  • No. 3 LSU Shreveport (La.) gathered the remaining first-place nod with 205 total points.
  • No. 4 The Master's (Calif.) and No. 5 (tied) Columbia (Mo.) all bumped up in the Top 25.
  • Previous No. 1 Georgetown (Ky.) checks in at the No. 5 (tied) position.
  • Four programs are newcomers this week: No. 20 Westmont (Calif.), No. 22 Xavier (La.), No. 23 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and No. 25 Life (Ga.). Life and Westmont were both ranked earlier this season. Our Lady of the Lake and Xavier are recognized for the first time since last season.
  • There have been 38 different teams since 2000 to hold the No. 1 position. Former NAIA member Mountain State (W.Va.) leads the all-time charts with 48 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by NAIA Division II member Robert Morris (Ill.) with 24. Georgetown is next with 16, former member Concordia (Calif.) at 12, LSU Alexandria (La.) and former member Cal State San Marcos at 11 and Columbia (Mo.) at nine No. 1 recognitions.
  • Robert Morris, now a NAIA Division II member in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 – 07 season.

Poll Methodology:

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Association of Independent Institutions.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes"
  • Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) beginning in the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.


Mocs Eighth At SoCon Indoor Track Championships

- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Emily Poole and the women’s 4x400 meter relay team each scored on the final day to pull the Mocs ahead of UNCG for eighth in the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the VMI Corps Training Facility. Poole won her heat in the 5000 meter in a personal best time of 17:55.52. That time would place her eighth ... (click for more)

Georgia Northwestern Wins Over Dalton State, 46-41

One of the most successful seasons in Lady Bobcat history ended in fine fashion  Friday  night at the Rossville Athletic Center as Georgia Northwestern held off the Dalton State College club team, 46-41, to put a cap on a winning season. Even with leading scorer Tori Harvey on the bench and unavailable for the game, the rest of the Lady Bobcats picked up the slack. ... (click for more)

Police Call Incident At Hamilton Place Mall "Aggravated Riot"; One Juvenile Injured During Stampede

Chattanooga Police are terming an incident at Hamilton Place Mall on Saturday night an "aggravated riot."   Police said there has been no confirmation that any shots were fired, but there was a stampede out of the mall after word spread of a gun incident.   One juvenile was injured and taken to the hospital during the panic and scramble from the mall.   ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Student Leaders Plan Action Against Gun Violence

Students from across Hamilton County gathered at 901 Lindsay St. on Sunday to discuss the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and make plans to take action against gun violence. The student leaders decided to encourage local participation in the National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives event on March 24. The group’s next meeting will be held next Sunday ... (click for more)

The Logic of Hysteria: A Hometown Look from A Thousand Miles Away

There was a shooting recently in my hometown, in the parking lot of the mall. It made the national news and I was reading the user comments on the story. Someone was giving their experience about how they heard some rounds fired near the Sears. The next comment was, “They still have a Sears?”   So what the heck happened? The police say there was never an active shooter, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why CNN Is Gonna Croak

I believe CNN (Cable News Network) has become one of the most disappointing news sources America has ever known in the last five years. The bastions of sound journalism no longer exist as the once-great organization has gone the way of liberal loathing. Its new basis-of-fact cannot be trusted and the overwhelming bias against conservatives in our nation is as morbid as it is frightening. ... (click for more)