PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville men’s basketball team moved from the top spot to No. 4, while the women’s program jumped up two spots to No. 15 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Polls released on Tuesday.
While neither teams’ games against Shawnee State (Ohio) on Monday were played in time to be included in their resumes, this was the first poll to include last Monday’s doubleheader with Georgetown.
The UPIKE men lost that one 83-78 before bouncing back with a five-point win over Life (Ga.) three days later to stay ranked within the top five. The Bears lead the NAIA in consecutive weeks ranked for an active program at 45.
UPIKE’s women won against Georgetown and topped non-conference foe Kentucky Christian to merit their two-spot rise. The No. 15 ranking is the highest under third-year head coach Joanna McNamee and the best since Pikeville was in the same spot on March 4, 2003.
Both programs have important road contests ahead, taking on Georgetown Thursday and Shawnee State in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday. The Tigers’ men are ranked second and the SSU women are seventh in the latest polls.
Three Mid-South Conference men’s programs are ranked, including No. 2 Georgetown, No. 4 UPIKE and No. 19 Campbellsville, while Cumberlands is receiving votes.
On the women’s side, four teams appear in the poll, including No. 3 Campbellsville, No. 7 Shawnee State, No. 15 UPIKE and No. 22 Lindsey Wilson. Cumberland (Tenn.) is among the teams receiving votes.