KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union garnered one vote in the final edition of the 2009-10 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll, announced Monday by the NAIA office.
The Bulldogs (18-12 overal, 11-5 Appalachian Athletic Conference) collected their first conference championship since the 1971-72 season when they tied three other schools for the AAC regular-season crown.
Union received one vote to tie five other schools for 35th. Bryan (Tenn.) is the only other AAC team to receive votes.
Walsh (Ohio) ends the regular season as the No. 1 team in the NAIA Division II Top 25 poll. For the third straight poll, Walsh rules the ranking, this time with 15 of the 16 possible first-place votes and 436 total points.
Walsh is an NAIA-best 27-2 overall and won the American Mideast South Division with a 15-1 mark. The Cavs will take on Notre Dame (Ohio) on Friday in the conference tournament. Walsh has won eight straight games overall and ends the regular season with 35 straight home wins.
Oregon Tech holds at No. 2 for the second straight week. Also, the Hustlin' Owls captured the remaining first-place vote with 421 total points. Oregon Tech secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament with a 26-4 overall record. Winners in 15 of its last 16 games, Oregon Tech faces the College of Idaho on Tuesday in the league tournament first round.
Moving up to its highest ranking this year, No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan tallied 393 total points. The Wildcats own the No. 1 seed in the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament, beginning on Wednesday. Indiana Wesleyan won its season finale, 65-63 against Taylor (Ind.) on Feb. 20. The win improved the Wildcats to 25-5 overall and they now have won six of their last seven games. They host Huntington (Ind.), the No. 8 seed, on Wednesday.
Oklahoma Wesleyan holds at the No. 4 spot with 391 total points. After a 91-67 win over York (Neb.) on Feb. 20, the Eagles have won three straight after a rough 2-3 stretch in early February. After the win last Saturday, Oklahoma Wesleyan is 26-3 overall. Heading into the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday, the Eagles face No. 23 Ozarks (Mo.) at the tournament's No. 1 seed, Bellevue (Neb.).
No. 5 Indiana-Southeast falls two spots after a 88-72 loss to Indiana East on Feb. 20. Despite the setback, Indiana Southeast has enjoyed a top-five ranking in each of the last six polls. Indiana Southeast recorded 383 total points this week. The Grenadiers, who are 22-4 overall, host St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Tuesday in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament First Round. The Grenadiers are the No. 1 seed heading into the tournament.
The Mid-Central College Conference (MCCC) and Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) each place four teams in the Top 25 - from the MCCC: Indiana Wesleyan, No. 10 Bethel (Ind.), No. 15 Saint Francis (Ind.), and No. 21 Spring Arbor (Mich.). The CCC has Oregon Tech, No. 13 Eastern Oregon, No. 20 Warner Pacific (Ore.) and No. 25 Evergreen State (Wash.).
No. 23 Ozarks (Mo.), hosts for the Division II Men's Basketball National Championship in Point Lookout, Mo., is a newcomer to the poll. The Bobcats are 20-9 overall and have won five of their last six.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.
To view the entire poll, click here.
Union open the AAC Tournament Wednesday when it hosts Milligan (Tenn.) at 7:30 p.m.