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Three teams from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) have been ranked in the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Preseason Top 25 Poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.naia logo

Talladega College, the GCAC defending regular-season and tournament champion, a 2015 national semifinalist and GCAC #1 preseason pick,was ranked #3 in the national poll. Xavier University, who has received 51-straight mentions, was ranked #19 followed by Philander Smith College at #20.

It's the first time since Jan. 27, 2015, that the GCAC has three teams in the top 25 and the first time since Feb. 4, 2014, that there are three among the top 20.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records from 2014-15 season)



Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Dalton State (9) 32-4 250 1
2 Pikeville (1) 27-5 238 6
3 Talladega 32-5 230 2
4 Arizona Christian 25-9 222 15
5 LSU-Alexandria 23-4 210 17
6 Georgetown (Ky.) 28-8 199 19
7 Hope International 32-3 197 4
8 Evangel 21-13 196 12
9 Freed-Hardeman 29-4 195 9
10 Mid-America Christian 25-11 179 10
11 Martin Methodist 30-5 163 7
12 Wayland Baptist 27-6 159 13
13 Lewis-Clark State 25-8 132 23
14-tie LSU-Shreveport 21-11 129 RV
14-tie William Carey 20-11 129 NR
16 Columbia (Mo.) 26-7 116 18
17 Westmont 25-11 115 3
18 Campbellsville 29-6 113 8
19 Xavier 24-10 112 21
20 Philander Smith 20-10 107 RV
21 MidAmerica Nazarene 11-17 105 NR
22 Benedictine (Kan.) 24-9 92 22
23 Montana Western 23-10 72 14
24 Southwestern Assemblies of God 22-11 64 RV
25 Our Lady of the Lake 25-6 61 16
Others receiving votes:
Cumberlands 59, Peru State 28, Faulkner 27, Vanguard 25, Rocky Mountain 21, William Penn 12, Bethel (Tenn.) 10, Park 7, Lindenwood-Belleville 6, John Brown 5, Carroll (Mont.) 4, Oklahoma City 3, Langston 3

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