Oredigger men crack rankings for first time

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech’s men’s basketball team has made school history.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the fifth edition of the 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll today. After receiving votes in the last two polls, Montana Tech enters the Top 25 at No. 20 this week.

The school said in a release that the this marks the first time the Orediggers have ever been ranked in the Top 25. Tech has only received votes previously.

The Orediggers have won four of their last five games and eight of nine. That includes Saturday’s convincing won over then-No. 6 Carroll College.

Carroll College is the only other Frontier Conference school in the Top 25. The Saints dropped six spots and are now in No. 12.

Montana Tech travels to Providence Thursday and hosts Montana State Northern Saturday on Kelvin Sampson Court.

2021-22 NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll Five (Jan. 26, 2022)

12William Penn (Iowa) [14]19-1552
23Talladega (Ala.) [3]17-1541
31Loyola (La.) [3]17-1525
45Oklahoma Wesleyan21-1508
57Indiana Wesleyan19-3485
64William Jessup (Calif.)21-2480
710Thomas More (Ky.)17-2436
88Arizona Christian20-3426
912SAGU (Texas)16-3424
1013College of Idaho18-3382
1114LSU Alexandria (La.)13-1358
126Carroll (Mont.)19-3344
1317Georgetown (Ky.)16-2315
149Grace (Ind.)18-4306
1515Science & Arts (Okla.)16-4274
1621Saint Francis (Ind.)18-4273
1718Hope International (Calif.)16-4262
1824Southeastern (Fla.)18-3258
19RVOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)18-3232
20RVMontana Tech18-5198
21RVFaulkner (Ala.)15-4166
2222IU South Bend (Ind.)15-3160
23RVBethel (Kan.)17-4144
2416Marian (Ind.)14-4133
25NRBriar Cliff (Iowa)14-6132

Dropped from the Top 25: Concordia (Neb.), WVU Tech (W.Va.), Jamestown (N.D.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Xavier (La.)

Others Receiving Votes: Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 128; Concordia (Neb.) 73; Oregon Tech 68; WVU Tech (W.Va.) 45; Tennessee Southern 40; Stillman (Ala.) 38; Florida College 26; Southwestern (Kan.) 26; Indiana Tech 23; Jamestown (N.D.) 20; Northwestern (Iowa) 16; Evangel (Mo.) 10; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 7; LSU Shreveport (La.) 7; Texas A&M Texarkana 6; Missouri Baptist 6 ; Texas Wesleyan 4; IU Kokomo (Ind.) 3.