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Carroll College women, Providence men finish regular season ranked in top 10 of NAIA polls

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 16:04:48-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Carroll College women and University of Providence men maintained their top-10 rankings in the final NAIA basketball coaches' top 25 polls of the 2020-21 season.

The Carroll women, who won the Frontier Conference regular-season title, are again ranked sixth, as the entire top eight of the women's rankings remained intact. Thomas More (Ky.) received 14 first-place votes to take the top spot, followed by Wayland Baptist (Texas), Campbellsville (Ky.), Westmont (Calif.) and Marian (Ind.) to round out the top five.

Carroll is the only team from the Frontier Conference in the top 25 of the women's poll, though Providence and Montana Western both received votes.

The Providence men, who also won the Frontier's regular-season title, are stilled ranked 10th, as the majority of the top 10 stayed in place from last week's rankings. Only Talladega (Ala.) jumped into the top 10, climbing to ninth after Morningside (Iowa) slipped from eighth to 12th. Indiana Wesleyan took 20 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 ranking. William Penn (Iowa), LSU Shreveport (La.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Arizona Christian complete the top five.

No other Frontier Conference teams are ranked in the men's poll, but Carroll just missed the cut. The Fighting Saints received 75 points, finishing just shy of No. 25 Cumberlands (Ky.) with 80.

The Frontier Conference playoffs begin Thursday with first-round games. All four teams from Carroll and Providence have first-round byes and will host semifinal games on Saturday.

The opening rounds of the NAIA national tournaments are scheduled for March 12-13.

2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Final Poll (February 24, 2021)

11Indiana Wesleyan [20]28-1591
23William Penn (Iowa) [1]21-1570
32LSU Shreveport (La.)13-1537
44Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)16-1530
55Arizona Christian22-2517
66Shawnee State (Ohio)23-2511
77Faulkner (Ala.)22-2480
89SAGU (Texas)9-1452
911Talladega (Ala.)23-2416
1010Providence (Mont.)15-2404
1112Science & Arts (Okla.)14-2401
128Morningside (Iowa)20-4391
1313Marian (Ind.)19-4376
1415Stillman (Ala.)14-2343
1514Georgetown (Ky.)15-6298
1616Loyola (La.)12-4267
1720Texas A&M Texarkana10-1264
1818Bethel (Kan.)16-6225
1919LSU Alexandria (La.)16-3221
2022Oklahoma Wesleyan17-5195
2117Bethel (Ind.)20-9174
2225Benedictine (Kan.)17-5164
23RVNorthwestern (Iowa)20-5156
24RVSaint Francis (Ind.)22-7125
25RVCumberlands (Ky.)17-880

Dropped from the top 25: Jamestown (N.D.), Warner (Fla.), William Jessup (Calif.)

Others receiving votes: Carroll (Mont.) 75, William Jessup (Calif.) 73, Warner (Fla.) 66, Dillard (La.) 60, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 60, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 56, Jamestown (N.D.) 54, Rochester (Mich.) 36, Lyon (Ark.) 35, Texas Wesleyan 30, Holy Cross (Ind.) 16, Point (Ga.) 16, Thomas More (Ky.) 14, Xavier (La.) 10, Park (Mo.) 8, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 7, Central Baptist (Ark.) 6, Vanguard (Calif.) 4, The Master's (Calif.) 3, Ave Maria (Fla.) 3.

2020-21 NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Final Poll (February 24, 2021)

11Thomas More (Ky.) [14]22-1581
22Wayland Baptist (Texas) [4]10-0567
33Campbellsville (Ky.)16-1546
44Westmont (Calif.) [3]8-1542
54Marian (Ind.)24-4518
66Carroll (Mont.)19-2493
77Morningside (Iowa)23-2479
88Clarke (Iowa)18-2444
910Sterling (Kan.)24-0430
1011Southeastern (Fla.)22-2427
1113Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)18-4401
1215MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)16-3381
139Indiana Tech22-2352
1417Dakota State (S.D.)22-3332
1512Vanguard (Calif.)5-4320
1620St. Francis (Ill.)21-4300
1722Concordia (Neb.)18-7238
1821Lyon (Ark.)10-1236
1919Saint Xavier (Ill.)14-2232
2016Indiana Wesleyan19-6219
2123Loyola (La.)17-1204
2224Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)12-5181
2314Oklahoma City4-0175
24NRCumberlands (Ky.)14-4142
25NRMid-America Christian (Okla.)9-1136

Dropped from the poll: Shawnee State (Ohio), College of the Ozarks (Mo.)

Receiving votes: Shawnee State (Ohio) 97, Rust (Miss.) 86, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 83, Providence (Mont.) 66, Grand View (Iowa) 40, Bryan (Tenn.) 24, Northwestern (Iowa) 22, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 16, Montana Western 14, Columbia (Mo.) 14, Central Methodist (Mo.) 13, Talladega (Ala.) 10, LSU Shreveport (La.) 9, Science & Arts of Oklahoma 6, Benedicitine (Kan.) 3.