KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carroll College and Lewis-Clark State are the only Frontier Conference teams ranked in Tuesday’s NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the final rankings before the postseason.
The Fighting Saints, who enter the Frontier Conference playoffs with the league’s No. 1 seed, slid from No. 7 to ninth in this week’s rankings. The Warriors, meanwhile, climbed one spot from 13th No. 12. Carroll and Lewis-Clark shared the Frontier Conference regular-season title, but Carroll earned the tiebreaker to get the No. 1 seed and first-round bye.
Rocky Mountain College just missed a top-25 ranking, leading the teams in the “others receiving votes” category. Providence also received votes, falling out of the top 25 from its previous No. 22 ranking.
Benedictine (Kan.) received eight first-place votes to top this week’s rankings. LSU Alexandria (La.), Georgetown (Ky.), Tougaloo (Miss.) and The Master’s (Calif.) round out the top five. To view the complete NAIA men’s basketball top 25, please click here.
The Frontier Conference men’s basketball playoffs start Wednesday with three first-round games: Second-seeded Lewis-Clark State hosts No. 7-seed Montana Western, third-seeded Rocky Mountain College hosts No. 6-seed Montana Tech, and fourth-seeded Montana State-Northern hosts No. 5-seed Providence.
The NAIA national tournament is March 20-26 at Kansas City.