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University of Providence, Carroll College fall in latest NAIA men's basketball poll

Lewis-Clark State jumps to No. 5
Posted at 10:57 AM, Feb 05, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Providence fell three spots, while Carroll College tumbled eight in the latest edition of the NAIA Division I men's basketball coaches' poll, which was released on Wednesday morning.

The Argos (18-4 overall, 6-4 Frontier Conference) fell from No. 8 to 11th after going 3-3 since the last poll was released on Jan. 15. Providence lost to Lewis-Clark State College (90-71), which climbed to No. 5 in this edition, Montana Tech (82-80) and again to the Warriors (96-65). L-C is an impressive 21-1 this season, with the lone loss coming at Carroll, 78-69, back in December.

The Warriors (21-1, 9-1) are two games up on Carroll in the Frontier Conference standings.

The Fighting Saints (16-6, 7-3) hold the biggest fall of teams that remained in the poll, dropping eight spots to No. 17. Pikeville (Ky.) dropped completely out of the poll after being ranked No. 14 in the third edition. Carroll held a three-game losing skid from Jan. 17-25, falling to Montana Western (80-74), MSU-Northern (58-48) and the Argos (74-66). The latter two were road losses. Kurt Paulson's club has since won two straight, defeating Rocky Mountain College and avenging the loss to Western. The Saints host Montana Tech Wednesday evening before a showdown with Lewis-Clark State on Friday in Lewiston.

No other Frontier Conference teams were ranked in the poll, though Montana Tech received votes. Defending champion Georgetown (Ky.) remains No. 1 with a perfect 21-0 record, the only unbeaten team ranked.

The complete NAIA Division I men's basketball coaches' poll, which is voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each conference, can be found below.

2019-20 NAIA Division I men's basketball coaches' poll
Feb. 5, 2020

11Georgetown (Ky.) [9]21-0219
22Mid-America Christian (Okla.)21-1212
36Dalton State (Ga.)21-1201
44Westmont (Calif.)21-2197
512Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)21-1196
65LSU Shreveport (La.)19-3180
73William Penn (Iowa)19-3178
811LSU Alexandria (La.)19-4166
910John Brown (Ark.)19-3161
1013Faulkner (Ala.)19-3155
118Providence (Mont.)18-4148
127The Master's (Calif.)17-5139
1316Cumberlands (Ky.)18-4135
1315Xavier (La.)18-4135
1522SAGU (Texas)17-3121
1617Loyola (La.)17-5110
179Carroll (Mont.)16-6105
18RVTougaloo (Miss.)18-495
1921Central Baptist (Ark.)15-585
2019Texas Wesleyan16-580
21NRWilliam Jessup (Calif.)16-774
2225Shawnee State (Ohio)16-871
2220Talladega (Ala.)17-571
24RVClarke (Iowa)16-759
2524William Carey (Miss.)15-746

Dropped from the Top 25: Arizona Christian, Hope International (Calif.), Pikeville (Ky.)

Others Receiving Votes: Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 37, Arizona Christian 36, Menlo (Calif.) 30, Montana Tech 22, Lyon (Ark.) 9, Thomas More (Ky.) 9, Pikeville (Ky.)7, Bethel (Tenn.) 6, Dillard (La.) 4, Benedictine (Kan.) 4, Park (Mo.) 3.