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It's the right time for Alabama to be playing like the No. 1 ranked men's team in the country

By Ryan Herrington

A lot was made at the end of the fall about defending NCAA men's champion Alabama winning all four of its starts in the first half of the 2013-14 schedule. Crimson Tide coach Jay Seawell accepted the praise his team deservedly was receiving, but did so cautiously. For all the great things said about the squad's perfect fall, Seawell knew that it would be easily forgotten if the team's results in the spring semester waned.

With the fields for NCAA Regionals set to be named on Monday, Seawell and the Crimson Tide can take pride in knowing that the team doesn't seemed to have peaked too early. Three more victories in the spring, including an impressive 16-stroke triumph at the SEC Championship with senior Bobby Wyatt setting a school-record with a 18-under 192 total at Sea Island C.C. to claim medalist honors, have Alabama looking like fairly formidable as it gets ready to try to defend its national championship in the coming weeks.

Golf World/Nike Golf coaches' poll voters obvious remain impressed. In the latest poll, the Crimson Tide earned all 19 available first-place votes to be the unanimous No. 1.



poll-men-d1-0505-518.jpgA few tidbits from this week's Division I poll:

* No new school moved into the top 25. It's the first time in 2013-14 that there had been no teams jumping in or out of the poll and it's the first time it has happened in a mid-season poll since spring 2011.

* It was the 79th time in 111 polls since Golf World resumed its coaches' poll in 2001-02 that Alabama ranks in the top 25. That ranks them No. 10 alone among all programs. Here's a look at the top 10 list.

School, Top-25 appearances
Georgia Tech, 111
Georgia, 110
USC, 107
Oklahoma State, 106
UCLA, 103
Florida, 102
Texas, 97
Clemson, 91
Washington, 85
Alabama, 79

 

poll-men-d2-0505-250.jpgBarry University held on firmly to the No. 1 spot in the latest Division II men’s coaches’ poll, earning all 16 first-place votes. The Buccaneers claimed their school-record sixth team title of the 2013-14 season when they repeated as Sunshine State Conference champions. They now prepare to play in next week’s NCAA Regional in hopes of defending their 2013 NCAA crown.

USC-Aiken remained No. 2 in the latest poll after defending its title at the Peach Belt Conference Championship. CSU-Monterey Bay moved up one spot to No. 3, swapping places with No. 4 Lynn. Chico State rounded out the top five.

No new schools moved into the top 10. Two programs jumped into the top 25: No. 22 Hawaii-Hilo and No. 25 Indianapolis.



poll-men-d3-0505-250.jpgAfter successfully winning the CCIW title for a third straight year, Illinois Wesleyan remained the top team in the latest Division III coaches’ poll. The Titans earned 12 of the 17 available first-place votes as they now get set to try to win the NCAA D-III title for the first time in school history later this month.

Oglethorpe remained the No. 2 team in the latest poll, with Redlands holding on to its No. 3 spot. Wittenberg and Methodist rounded out the top five.

Besides Illinois Wesleyan, five other schools all earned one first-place vote: No. 3 Redlands, No. 4 Wittenberg, No. 5 Methodist and La Verne and St. John Fisher, both tied for No. 7.




poll-men-naia-0505-250.jpgOklahoma City maintained its spot atop the latest NAIA coaches' poll. The Stars earned four of the eight available first-place votes having won five tournament titles during the 2013-14 season. They are trying to claim their fourth NAIA national title in five years later this month.

William Woods and Wayland Baptist each earned two first-place votes as the schools clocked in at No. 2 and No. 3 in the latest poll. Coastal Georgia and Texas Wesleyan round out the top five.

One new school moved into the top 10: No. 10 Faulkner. One new program also entered the top 25: No. 22 Bethany (Kan.).


poll-men-njcaa-0505-250.jpgMcLennan and South Mountain find themselves holding the No. 1 spot in the latest  NJCAA Division I and Division II coaches’ polls.

McLennan returned to the top spot in the D-I ranking, garnering six of the nine available first-place votes after outpacing previously No. 1 Odessa at the NJCAA District 2 Championship. Odessa fell just one spot, to No. 2, in the latest ranking and still earned two first-place votes.

South Mountain claimed five of the seven available first-place votes in the D-II poll as the Cougars eye their four NJCAA national title in five years later this month.


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