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Providence men back in top 10 of NAIA rankings

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Feb 26, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Providence and Carroll College each inched up the NAIA Division I men's basketball coaches' top 25 poll, which was released Wednesday.

Lewis-Clark State, the highest-ranked Frontier Conference team, slipped in the rankings from third to seventh after suffering losses to Montana Tech and Carroll last week. The Warriors (25-3 overall, 13-3 Frontier Conference) are still two games ahead of Providence and Carroll to lead the league standings.

Providence, behind the unprecedented play of Zaccheus Darko-Kelly, is back in the top 10. The Argos (23-5, 11-5) have won their past three games and are now ranked 10th. They have a huge game at Carroll on Thursday before closing out the regular season at home against Montana State-Northern, which also received votes in the national rankings, on Saturday.

Carroll (20-8, 11-5) hosts MSU-Northern in its regular-season finale on Friday.

The Frontier Conference playoffs begin March 3.

Mid-America Christian (Okla.) received all nine first-place votes to replace Georgetown (Ky.) at the top of the poll. Georgetown is second, LSU Shreveport (La.) third, Dalton State (Ga.) fourth and William Penn (Iowa) fifth. The complete poll is below.

2019-20 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 6 (February 26, 2020)

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [1st Place Votes]RECORDFINAL POINTS
12Mid-America Christian (Okla.) [9]27-1219
21Georgetown (Ky.)25-2212
36LSU Shreveport (La.)25-3201
45Dalton State (Ga.)26-2189
57William Penn (Iowa)24-3186
64Westmont (Calif.)25-3184
73Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)25-3182
810Faulkner (Ala.)24-3174
99John Brown (Ark.)25-3170
1011Providence (Mont.) (Mont.)23-5152
118LSU Alexandria (La.)23-5150
1212Tougaloo (Miss.)22-5134
1313SAGU (Texas)21-5131
1415Cumberlands (Ky.)22-6126
1514Xavier (La.)22-5124
1620Menlo (Calif.)18-7115
1719Carroll (Mont.)20-8106
1818Thomas More (Ky.)22-6100
1917Arizona Christian21-792
2016The Master's (Calif.)21-789
2122Loyola (La.)20-883
2223Clarke (Iowa)20-870
23RVPark (Mo.)20-663
2423Texas Wesleyan19-862
2525Talladega (Ala.)21-743

Dropped from the Top 25: Central Baptist (Ark.).

Others Receiving Votes: Shawnee State (Ohio) 36, Central Baptist (Ark.) 25, Pikeville (Ky.) 18, Stillman (Ala.) 13, Montana State-Northern 9, Dillard (La.) 8, William Jessup (Calif.) 7, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 6, William Carey (Miss.) 5, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 4.