Top Two Stay Unchanged in Newest Men’s Poll

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

Oskaloosa–The Statesmen cagers pushed their winning streak to nine games to keep pace with the top squad in the land as the seventh NAIA Division II men’s basketball poll was released Tuesday.

William Penn (23-1, 7-0 MCC) is second in the nation for the third week in a row, again earning 332 points and one first-place vote. Fellow Midwest Collegiate Conference program Mount Mercy remains in the top ten as well, improving one spot to #8.

Eastern Oregon continues to be #1 with 343 points and the other 12 first-place votes. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Indiana Wesleyan, and Northwestern round out the top five.

William Penn hits the road Wednesday, traveling to Mount Pleasant to face Iowa Wesleyan in non-conference play at 7 p.m.

NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Rating #7 – January 29, 2013
(Number in parentheses is first-place votes)
1. Eastern Oregon (12)
2. William Penn (1)
3. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
4. Indiana Wesleyan
5. Northwestern
6. Northwood (Fla.)
7. St. Thomas (Fla.)
8. Mount Mercy
9. Davenport (Mich.)
10. Indiana-Southeast
11. Rochester (Mich.)
12. Saint Xavier (Ill.)
12. Bethel (Ind.)
14. Warner Pacific (Ore.)
15. Dordt
16. Doane (Neb.)
17. Grace (Ind.)
18. Ave Maria (Fla.)
19. York (Neb.)
20. Northwest (Wash.)
21. St. Mary (Kan.)
22. Valley City State (N.D.)
23. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
24. Madonna (Mich.)
25. Tennessee Wesleyan

Others receiving votes: Cal-Maritime 55; Oklahoma Wesleyan 50; Taylor (Ind.) 39; Hastings (Neb.) 36; Bellevue (Neb.) 25; Indiana-East 13; Southern Oregon 12; Sterling (Kan.) 12; Indiana Tech 7; Dakota State (S.D.) 5; Midland (Neb.) 4.

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