Bears remain No. 4 in NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll


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PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville men’s basketball team is No. 4 in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll for the fourth straight week following a pair of wins against then-No. 22 Campbellsville and St. Catharine.

UPIKE, under the direction of head coach Kelly Wells, continues its NAIA-leading consecutive polls streak with 47 straight mentions, followed by Mid-South Conference-foe Georgetown with 41. The Bears are also one of 10 teams to be ranked in every poll released this season.

The only newcomer to the rankings this week is Middle Georgia State coming in at No. 24, which is the first national ranking in program history. Only four teams have held the No. 1 spot in the poll this season, including current leader LSU-Alexandria three times, UPIKE four times and Dalton State (Ga.) and Georgetown with one No. 1 distinction each.

Among MSC programs, Georgetown leads the way at No. 2, then UPIKE at No. 4 and Cumberlands at No. 21. Campbellsville is the first team listed as receiving votes after falling out of the rankings.

The Bears will play out the rest of the regular-season on the road, taking road trips to Cumberlands on Saturday, Cumberland (Tenn.) on Feb. 25 and Lindsey Wilson on Feb. 27.

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