KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Providence climbed one spot to No. 13 in the second NAIA men's basketball coaches' top 25 poll of the 2020-21 season, which was released Wednesday.
The Argos started the season ranked 14th and didn't play a game until January. They're 4-0 with doubleheader sweeps of Montana Tech and Carroll College. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly was named the Frontier Conference player of the week, continuing his strong play from last season when he was an All-American.
Providence is the only Frontier Conference team in the rankings.
Indiana Wesleyan edged LSU Shreveport (La.) for the No. 1 ranking. Both teams received 10 first-place votes. William Penn (Iowa), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Loyola (La.) round out the top five.
2020-21 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 2 (January 13, 2021)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL [1st Place Votes]||RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Indiana Wesleyan ||18-1||551|
|2||4||LSU Shreveport (La.) ||10-0||548|
|3||2||William Penn (Iowa)||12-1||518|
|4||7||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||10-1||496|
|7||NR||Shawnee State (Ohio)||12-2||401|
|9||12||The Master's (Calif.)||6-0||381|
|11||18||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||13-2||367|
|12||NR||Science & Arts (Okla.)||6-0||361|
|14||3||Mid-America Christian (Okla.)||4-1||337|
|16||24||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||10-1||291|
|20||19||LSU Alexandria (La.)||9-2||193|
|21||21||Texas A&M Texarkana||5-0||182|
|22||13||John Brown (Ark.)||0-0||179|
|23||15||College of Idaho||4-6||167|
|24||20||Saint Francis (Ind.)||15-2||148|
Dropped from the Top 25: SAGU (Texas), Cumberlands (Ky.), Xavier (La.)
Others Receiving Votes: SAGU (Texas) 118, Benedictine (Kan.) 95, Cumberlands (Ky.) 90, Xavier (La.) 88, Point (Ga.) 56, Holy Cross (Ind.) 30, Oklahoma Wesleyan 27, Jamestown (N.D.) 25, Warner (Fla.) 23, Valley City State (N.D.) 14, Dillard (La.) 13, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 10, Indiana Tech 5, Grace (Ind.) 5, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4, Westmont (Calif.) 4, CIU (S.C.) 4, Stillman (Ala.) 3, St. Francis (Ill.) 3.