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It's Unanimous! West Liberty No. 1 in Final Coaches' Poll

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For the second time in the past three years, the West Liberty University men's basketball team will be hosting the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament as the No. 1 team in the nation, as well as the region.

Coach Jim Crutchfield's West Virginia Conference champion Hilltoppers (30-1) received all 16 first-place votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) final NCAA Division II Top 25 poll of the 2013 season on Tuesday.
West Liberty's 2011 team was also a unanimous No. 1 pick by the nation's coaches. That Hilltopper squad reeled off 33 consecutive wins before coming up on the wrong end of a 110-101 shootout with BYU-Hawaii in an Elite Eight national semifinal.
This week's Atlantic Region field was well represented in the final national poll of the season. The top-ranked Hilltoppers are being joined by No. 10 Indiana, Pa. (24-5), fresh off a PSAC Tournament title, and No. 16 Winston-Salem State, N.C. (21-6), which spent much of the season in the Top 10 before being upset in the CIAA Tournament semifinals.
East Stroudsburg, Pa. (22-6), Fairmont State (22-8) and Livingstone, N.C. (22-6) didn't quite crack the Top 25 but were listed among teams also receiving votes.
Seattle Pacific (25-3) moved up to No. 2 in the final poll by defeating defending national champion Western Washington (27-2) in the finals of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament. Metro State, Colo. (27-2) is No. 3 with Western Washington dropping to No. 4 and Cal Poly-Pomona (27-2) checking in at No. 5.
Minnesota State (26-4), Drury, Mo. (25-4), Florida Southern (24-5), Alabama-Huntsville (23-5) and IUP round out the Top 10.
West Liberty has now appeared in 50 consecutive NABC Top 25 polls dating back to the 2009-10 season. The Hilltoppers have spent the last 27 weeks in the Top 10 and have been ranked in the Top 5 for 24 consecutive weeks. West Liberty has been voted No. 1 in 20 different polls over the past three seasons and was No. 1 in 10 of this year's 15 sets of national rankings.
The Hilltoppers begin their quest for an Atlantic Region "three-peat" on Saturday when they take on No. 8 seed Bowie State, Md. (16-13) in a 6 p.m. quarterfinal at the ASRC.
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Final 2013 NCAA Division II Top 25
(Through games of Sunday, March 10)
Team (FPV) Rec Pts Pvs
1. WEST LIBERTY (16) 30-1 400 1
2. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 25-3 374 3
3. Metropolitan State, Colo. 27-2 363 4
4. Western Washington 27-2 353 2
5. Cal Poly Pomona 27-2 343 5
6. Minnesota State 26-4 324 7
7. Drury, Mo. 25-4 307 8
8. Florida Southern 24-5 286 10
9. Alabama-Huntsville 23-5 261 6
10. INDIANA, PA. 24-5 244 13
11. Saint Anselm, N.H. 23-5 228 9
12. Benedict, S.C. 23-6 214 15
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 24-5 179 11
14. Bellarmine, Ky. 22-7 166 12
15. Southern Indiana 22-7 149 18
16. WINSTON-SALEM STATE, N.C. 21-6 142 14
17. Saint Leo, Fla. 20-7 117 16
18. Dixie State, Utah 22-6 95 NR
19. Fort Lewis, Colo. 21-7 81 22
20. USC-Aiken 22-7 76 NR
21. Wisconsin-Parkside 20-8 72 17
22. Findlay, Ohio 22-7 60 NR
23. St. Mary's, Texas 21-7 48 NR
24. Augustana, S.D. 21-8 44 21
25. Wingate, N.C. 21-8 37 NR
Others receiving votes: Franklin Pierce 32, EAST STROUDSBURG 31, Winona State 30, Central Missouri 23, Dominican (N.Y.) 21, Michigan Tech 21, FAIRMONT STATE 19, Eckerd 12, LIVINGSTONE 8, Midwestern State 7, Newman 6, Adams State 5, Christian Brothers 5, Assumption 4, Barton 4, Grand Canyon 3, Southern New Hampshire 3, Wayne State (Mich.) 3.