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Providence continues climb, Carroll College back in NAIA top 25

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 19:49:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Providence men's basketball team continues to make program history.

After previously cracking the top 10 of the NAIA Division I men's basketball coaches' poll for the first time in program history, the Argos climbed one spot to No. 7 in the latest rankings, which were released Wednesday.

Providence is out to an 8-0 start in coach Steve Keller's second season on the bench. The Argos started Frontier Conference play with wins over Rocky Mountain College and Montana Western last week, and they'll now hit the road for three games at the Cactus Classic in Chandler, Ariz. Providence closes the year with five non-conference games before returning to its league schedule in early 2020.

The Argos are joined by fellow Frontier Conference teams Lewis-Clark State and Carroll College in the rankings. Lewis-Clark State (10-1) is up one place to 13th, and Carroll (6-2) is 23rd. The Fighting Saints weren't ranked in the first poll of the season, but they've won three consecutive games, including a 78-69 win over Lewis-Clark State last week. Carroll, which was the NAIA national runner-up in coach Kurt Paulson's first season last year, will also head to Chandler, Ariz. for three games at the Cactus Classic this weekend.

Montana State-Northern, which was ranked 17th, fell out of the top 25 after suffering its first loss of the season. The Lights (7-1) received the 26th-most votes.

The top three of the rankings remained unchanged from the last poll: Reigning national champion Georgetown (Ky.) received all nine first-place votes, The Master's (Calif.) is second and Mid-America Christian (Okla.) is third. Pikeville (Ky.) and William Penn (Iowa) each moved up one spot to fourth and fifth, respectively. The complete poll is below.

2019-20 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 2 (December 11, 2019)

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [1st Place Votes]RECORDFINAL POINTS
11Georgetown (Ky.) [9]10-0219
22The Master's (Calif.)9-0210
33Mid-America Christian (Okla.)10-0206
45Pikeville (Ky.)12-0194
56William Penn (Iowa)12-1188
67LSU Shreveport (La.)9-1185
78Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)8-0176
83Loyola (La.)10-1174
99Wayland Baptist (Texas)7-1160
1012John Brown (Ark.)10-0155
1122Westmont (Calif.)10-0153
1211LSU Alexandria (La.)9-3141
1314Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)10-1134
1416Xavier (La.)10-3130
1515Hope International (Calif.)9-1116
1625Tougaloo (Miss.)10-1109
1719Stillman (Ala.)7-2100
18NRCentral Baptist (Ark.)8-290
1921Dalton State (Ga.)8-186
19NRLindsey Wilson (Ky.)10-386
2110Arizona Christian6-369
22NRTexas Wesleyan8-261
23NRCarroll (Mont.)6-254
2413Talladega (Ala.)11-252
2524Dillard (La.)9-551

Dropped from the Top 25: Montana State-Northern, Life (Ga.), Thomas More (Ky.), Park (Mo.)

Others Receiving Votes: Montana State-Northern 50, Life (Ga.) 40, Faulkner (Ala.) 25, Cumberlands (Ky.) 21, Bethel (Tenn.) 20, Thomas More (Ky.) 14, SAGU (Texas) 13, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 11, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 6.