Digger men receive votes in latest NAIA poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech’s men’s basketball team is just outside the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The latest edition of the poll was released today, and the Orediggers received votes for the second time. Tech is the top team in the receiving votes category with 72 votes. The teams sitting in No. 25 in the poll garnered 94 votes in the poll.

The Orediggers (10-3, 2-0) opened the Frontier Conference schedule with a pair of wins over Montana Western and Rocky Mountain. Tech is currently on a three-game win streak after defeating Dickinson State in overtime on the road last Saturday.

Carroll College (12-0, 2-0) is the only Frontier Conference school in the Top 25. The Saints moved up two spots to No. 2.

The Orediggers are on the road to take on Ottawa University today in Arizona. Tech has five games scheduled, including an exhibition with Boise State, before the conference schedule starts up again. The Orediggers open the new year at Carroll College on Jan. 6.

2021-22 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll Three (December 15, 2021)

12Loyola (La.) [20]13-0560
24Carroll (Mont.)12-0538
35Talladega (Ala.)12-0525
49Oklahoma Wesleyan15-0499
53William Penn (Iowa)12-1477
68SAGU (Texas)8-1467
713Grace (Ind.)12-0466
823William Jessup (Calif.)12-1396
97Indiana Wesleyan11-2394
106Arizona Christian11-2390
1114Stillman (Ala.)8-1366
1210Jamestown (N.D.)12-2351
1316Thomas More (Ky.)9-1338
1419LSU Alexandria (La.)8-1308
1522Xavier (La.)7-1286
1611Science & Arts (Okla.)8-3268
1720Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)10-1259
1815College of Idaho8-3253
19RVKansas Wesleyan12-1241
20RVCentral Methodist (Mo.)11-2198
2117Georgetown (Ky.)9-2194
2224Marian (Ind.)9-2173
23RVConcordia (Neb.)11-2152
24RVIU South Bend (Ind.)10-2118
25NRHope International (Calif.)11-394
251Saint Francis (Ind.)10-494

Dropped from the Top 25: Bethel (Kan.), Morningside (Iowa), Shawnee State (Ohio), The Master’s (Calif.), Morningside (Iowa)

Others Receiving Votes: Montana Tech 72, Pikeville (Ky.) 66, WVU Tech (W.Va.) 47, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 46, Bethel (Kan.) 45, Southeastern (Fla.) 40, Morningside (Iowa) 34, Florida College 27, Tennessee Wesleyan 23, Evangel (Mo.) 14, Indiana Tech 14, Menlo (Calif.) 13, Texas Wesleyan 12, Faulkner (Ala.) 6, Texas A&M Texarkana 3.