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Pikeville Coach Kelly Wells has his Bears back in the Top-25.
Pikeville Coach Kelly Wells has his Bears back in the Top-25.
Posted by Chris Wells - Mon, Jan. 23, 2012 - [ Men's Basketball ] - Viewed 1020 times

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Georgetown College and Lindsey Wilson College are in the top-10 and University of Pikeville re-enters the poll in the latest NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top-25 Poll. The poll was released on Monday by NAIA officials.

Georgetown and Lindsey Wilson each climbed three spots in the national poll after winning twice last week.

Georgetown (17-3) is No. 4 after receiving 279 voting points from the national raters. The Tigers beat University of Rio Grande and West Virginia University Tech at home last week to climb back to fourth for the second time this season. Georgetown was No. 4 during the Dec. 5 rating.

Lindsey Wilson (15-4) jumped to a season-high No. 8 ranking after winning road games at then-No. 20 Campbellsville University and St. Catharine College. The Blue Raiders received 240 voting points in this week's poll.

Pikeville (12-7) jumped from the ranks of receiving votes to No. 23 this week. The Bears -- who beat UVa. Wise in their only game last week -- received 76 voting points. The national ranking is the first for the defending national champions since being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 5.

St. Catharine (8-8) is the lone MSC team in the receiving votes category. The Patriots picked up eight voting points from the national raters.

Shorter (Ga.) University (18-0) remained in the top spot for a second straight week after receiving 312 voting points, including all 12 first-place votes. Robert Morris (Ill.) University (19-1) climbed one spot to No. 2 while Oklahoma Baptist University (16-2) slipped to No. 3.

The poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each conference, the independents and unaffiliated groups. The next poll is scheduled to be announced on Monday, January 30.