OSKALOOSA—The William Penn men’s basketball team has the most potent offense in the nation and that has helped it in the ratings as the NAIA released its second Division I top-25 poll Wednesday.

William Penn (12-1, 6-1 Heart) picked up a spot since the last rating and is now #5 with 188 points, extending its streak of top-25 rankings to 40 consecutive polls. The Statesmen lead the entire NAIA (both divisions) and are fourth amongst all four-year colleges by averaging 107.2 points per contest.

WPU is the only Heart of America Athletic Conference program in the top 25, while MidAmerica Nazarene--the lone team to beat the Statesmen this year--is in the receiving votes section at #34.

Georgetown (Ky.) is still #1 with 219 points and all nine first-place votes. The Master’s (Calif.) is second, while Mid-America Christian (Okla.) and Pikeville (Ky.) are also ahead of William Penn in the top five.

The Statesmen are off until after the holiday break, returning to the hardwood on January 4 to host Baker in Heart action at 2 p.m.

NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Rating #2 – December 11, 2019

(Number in parentheses is first-place votes)

1. Georgetown (Ky.) (9)

2. The Master’s (Calif.)

3. Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

4. Pikeville (Ky.)

5. William Penn

6. LSU Shreveport (La.)

7. Providence (Mont.)

8. Loyola (La.)

9. Wayland Baptist (Texas)

10. John Brown (Ark.)

11. Westmont (Calif.)

12. LSU Alexandria (La.)

13. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

14. Xavier (La.)

15. Hope International (Calif.)

16. Tougaloo (Miss.)

17. Stillman (Ala.)

18. Central Baptist (Ark.)

19. Dalton State (Ga.)

19. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

21. Arizona Christian

22. Texas Wesleyan

23. Carroll (Mont.)

24. Talladega (Ala.)

25. Dillard (La.)

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.

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