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Montana Western overtook Carroll College as the top-ranked team in the NAIA Top 25, leading three Frontier Conference teams.

Western hopped up to No. 8 after previously being ranked No. 16. The Bulldogs (17-4, 7-3) went 3-1 over the past two weeks, earning wins over Carroll, Providence and Montana State-Northern. The Bulldogs fell to Rocky Mountain College.

Carroll College fell from No. 10 to No. 14 in this week’s rankings. The Saints (18-4, 6-4) posted a 2-2 record, defeating Lewis-Clark State College and Rocky Mountain, but falling to Montana Western and Montana Tech. Carroll started the season 15-0, but have gone 3-4 since.

Lewis-Clark State plummeted the farthest of Frontier schools, dropping from No. 8 to No. 19. The Warriors are on a three-game losing streak and went 1-3 over the past few weeks. LCSC earned a win over Rocky Mountain College, but then fell to Carroll, Montana State-Northern and Providence in consecutive games.

No other Frontier teams made the poll or received votes.

The full Top 25 can be seen below.

2017 – 18 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (Jan. 30)

11William Penn (Iowa) (9)20-1219
24The Master's (Calif.)21-1212
35Columbia (Mo.)21-1202
43LSU Shreveport (La.)19-2194
52Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)20-2193
612Pikeville (Ky.)20-2188
715Science & Arts (Okla.)18-3175
816Montana Western17-4166
97Hope International (Calif.)19-3159
105Georgetown (Ky.)19-3155
1113Dalton State (Ga.)17-4146
129Central Methodist (Mo.)19-3142
1313LSU Alexandria (La.)17-5140
1410Carroll (Mont.)18-4134
1521Oklahoma City15-5116
1620Westmont (Calif.)16-4115
1719William Carey (Miss.)15-4106
1823Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)16-6103
198Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)17-588
2011Wayland Baptist (Texas)15-587
2118Cumberlands (Ky.)16-574
2217Missouri Baptist18-465
2322Xavier (La.)16-662
24NRTexas Wesleyan14-753
2525Life (Ga.)16-748

Others Receiving Votes: Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 47; Peru State (Neb.) 46; William Jessup (Calif.) 27; Campbellsville (Ky.) 23; Faulkner (Ala.) 14; Graceland (Iowa) 9; Talladega (Ala.) 4; Dillard (La.) 3. 

Dropped Out: No. 24 Faulkner (Ala.).

^ Previous ranking occurred Jan. 16, 2018 (Poll No. 3)