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Carroll College women, Providence men lead Frontier Conference teams in NAIA basketball polls

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Jan 28, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Frontier Conference has two teams ranked in the top 10 of the latest NAIA basketball polls, which were released Wednesday.

The Carroll College women are the highest-ranked team, men's or women's, from the Frontier. The 15-2 Fighting Saints are sixth in the NAIA women's basketball coaches' top 25 poll, up one spot from their previous No. 7 ranking. Carroll (15-2 overall, 9-1 Frontier) has won its past four games, including a dominant doubleheader sweep of Montana Tech (4-8, 4-8) last week. The Saints' scheduled games at Rocky Mountain College (1-5, 1-5) this weekend have been canceled due to COVID-19.

No other Frontier women's teams are ranked in the top 25, though Providence (4-3, 4-3) and Montana Western (8-4, 6-4) both received votes. Providence, which split with Western last weekend, has had its games scheduled with MSU-Northern (4-9, 3-6) for this weekend canceled. Western is slated to play at Montana Tech on Saturday and Sunday.

Campbellsville (Ky.), Wayland Baptist (Texas), Westmont (Calif.), Thomas Moore (Ky.) and Marian (Ind.) make up the top five of the women's rankings. The complete women's rankings are below.

On the men's side, Providence (6-0 overall, 6-0 Frontier) climbed three spots to No. 10. At 6-0, UP is one of four undefeated teams in the top 25. The Argos didn't start their season until January due to COVID-19 protocols, and they now haven't played since Jan. 17 after their past three scheduled games -- one against Montana State-Northern (5-4, 4-4) and two against Montana Western (3-6, 2-6) -- were canceled. The Argos are on track to get back in action this weekend with home games against MSU-Northern on Saturday and Sunday.

No other Frontier team cracked the top 25, but Carroll College (9-5, 6-4) did receive votes this week. The Fighting Saints, winners of four straight, are scheduled to play at Rocky Mountain College (1-7, 1-7) on Saturday and Sunday.

Montana Tech (7-7, 7-5) defeated Western 86-81 on Wednesday in the first of three consecutive games between the rivals. They'll also play on Saturday and Sunday.

Indiana Wesleyan, LSU Shreveport (La.), William Penn (Iowa), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Arizona Christian are the top five teams in the men's poll, the entirety of which is below.

2020-21 NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 3 (January 27, 2021)

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Campbellsville (Ky.) [14]9-0584
23Wayland Baptist (Texas) [3]6-0557
32Westmont (Calif.) [3]1-1554
44Thomas More (Ky.) [1]17-1539
56Marian (Ind.)17-4492
67Carroll (Mont.)15-2471
75Oklahoma City1-0469
88Clarke (Iowa)13-1460
911Morningside (Iowa)17-2435
1010Vanguard (Calif.)1-0399
1112Indiana Tech14-1398
129Shawnee State (Ohio)14-3390
1313St. Francis (Ill.)14-2367
1415Sterling (Kan.)18-0352
1516Southeastern (Fla.)14-2347
1617Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)12-3314
1718MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)11-3259
1822Lyon (Ark.)7-0231
1923Indiana Wesleyan14-4227
2020Saint Xavier (Ill.)7-1214
2124Dakota State (S.D.)14-3211
2219College of the Ozarks (Mo.)0-0202
23NRLewis-Clark State (Idaho)6-3141
2425Loyola (La.)7-1123
25NRConcordia (Neb.)13-7119

Dropped from the poll: Talladega (Ala.), The Master's (Calif.).

Receiving Votes: Rust (Miss.) 115, Cumberlands (Ky.) 87, Providence (Mont.) 67, LSU Shreveport (La.) 48, Benedictine (Kan.) 40, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 34, Montana Western 34, Talladega (Ala.) 32, Taylor (Ind.) 20, Bryan (Tenn.) 17, Columbia (Mo.) 16, Northwestern (Iowa) 13, Grand View (Iowa) 11, Pikeville (Ky.) 5, Concordia (Mich.) 3, The Master's (Calif.) 3.

2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 3 (January 27, 2021)

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [1st Place Votes]RECORDPOINTS
11Indiana Wesleyan [14]21-1585
22LSU Shreveport (La.) [7]11-0577
33William Penn (Iowa)15-1554
44Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)12-1524
56Arizona Christian16-2502
67Shawnee State (Ohio)16-2498
710Faulkner (Ala.)15-1486
812Science & Arts (Okla.)9-1448
915Morningside (Iowa)17-2416
1013Providence (Mont.)6-0411
1119Bethel (Ind.)18-3389
125Loyola (La.)9-2380
139The Master's (Calif.)9-1376
1418Talladega (Ala.)15-2276
15RVSAGU (Texas)4-1263
1611Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)14-4256
1717Georgetown (Ky.)10-3254
188Marian (Ind.)9-4244
1921Texas A&M Texarkana7-0243
20NRThomas More (Ky.)10-4232
2120LSU Alexandria (La.)10-2207
2225Bethel (Kan.)12-4173
23RVStillman (Ala.)7-1164
24RVDillard (La.)3-0141
25RVPoint (Ga.)16-399

Dropped from the Top 25: Saint Francis (Ind.), College of Idaho, John Brown (Ark.), Martin Methodist (Tenn.), Mid-America Christian (Okla.).

Others Receiving Votes: Xavier (La.) 94, Oklahoma Wesleyan 69, Holy Cross (Ind.) 66, Cumberlands (Ky.) 65, Texas Wesleyan 58, Jamestown (N.D.) 53, Warner (Fla.) 53, Benedictine (Kan.) 49, Columbia (Mo.) 43, Grace (Ind.) 20, Saint Francis (Ind.) 15, Park (Mo.) 14, Indiana Tech 9, Carroll (Mont.) 8, CIU (S.C.) 5, William Carey (Miss.) 5, Valley City State (N.D.) 4, College of Idaho 3.