Guilford Quakers #1 in Country

MINNEAPOLIS — Guilford is the No. 1 team in NCAA Division III men’s basketball for the first time in the 11-year history of the Top 25 poll. The Quakers grabbed 24 of the 25 first-place votes, with two-time defending national champion Washington University collecting the other. The full poll through games of Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010:

# Team W-L Pts. Last Week
1 Guilford (24) 18-1 624 2
2 Williams 19-1 571 4
3 Washington U. (1) 16-2 567 3
4 UW-Stevens Point 18-2 544 1
5 St. Thomas 17-2 525 6
6 UW-Whitewater 16-3 487 5
7 Virginia Wesleyan 17-2 468 7
8 Middlebury 17-2 391 8
9 St. Norbert 16-1 388 12
10 Whitworth 17-2 357 15
11 Chapman 18-2 350 13
12 MIT 18-2 348 14
13 William Paterson 20-1 345 16
14 Anderson 17-2 281 10
15 Franklin and Marshall 16-3 254 17
16 Eastern Mennonite 15-3 250 11
17 Texas-Dallas 15-3 219 19
18 Randolph-Macon 15-4 215 9
19 Brandeis 14-3 196 20
20 St. Mary’s (Md.) 16-3 177 23
21 Wooster 15-4 131 24
22 Medaille 19-1 130 25
23 Carthage 15-4 92 —
24 Mississippi College 15-3 60 22
25 Colby 15-2 44 —

Dropped out: No. 18 Amherst, No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan.

Others receiving votes:Albright 40, Illinois Wesleyan 34, Amherst 14, Cabrini 12, Lycoming 4, Emory 3, St. John Fisher 2, Stevens 2

The Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.


  1. Congrats to to the staff and players at Guilford. A great accomplishment. Best of luck the rest of the season and into the National Tournament.

  2. Yes, congratulations but not a great accomplishment yet. Any coach or player would never consider being first at any point other than the end of the season would not consider this an accomplishment.

  3. This is a great accomplishment regardless of the time of the season “eddie willis”. This is a sign that you have the right coaches, program and players at your school to compete at the highest level of your sport. It will also draw positive attention to the school, city and basketball program which will bring in even better players and more money from attendance. I have lived in Greensboro for 15 years but I have never been to a Guilford College b-ball game. I only like paying to see competitive b-ball and obviously Guilford College desires my attention as a fan. Great job Quakers and I will see one of your games within the next week !

  4. What a great thing for Guilford. Number one in the nation is HUGE. Think how many D3 schools there are that are playing basketball. Think how hard it is and how good you have to be to be ranked number one in the NATION. Number one in the NATION! The top ranked D3 school in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    Now think how STUPID is was to even suggest that a local high school team could compete with them. STUPID. IGNORANT. DUMB. SHOWS A SUPERFICIAL UNDERSTANDING OF ATHELTICS. Insulting to Guilford College, the number one ranked D3 school in America. Whoever suggested it should be ashamed and owes Tom Palumbo and his team an appology. Whoever agreed with it should crawl back into their hole of ignorance and hide.

  5. Absolutely. It is ludicrous to think that any local high school team could compete with the likes of Guilford College. GC would beat the best high school team in North Carolina, Christ School, by double figures. I seem to remember the Quakers beating Elon University, a division I school, in an exhibition game a few years ago with a much less talented roster, when Elon made a run to the SoCon final before losing to Davidson the same season.

    If anyone thinks that a high school team can compete with a college program you really don’t understand the game and the development that takes place from 18 to 22-23 years old both mentally and physically.

    That said, all the GDS folks can count your lucky stars that you played Oak Ridge earlier in the season. Right now, Oak Ridge is the best HIGH SCHOOL team in the area AND has the most individual talent. On the other hand, the Oak Ridge supporters need to stop complaining about the referees as they lost the game fair and square. Did you know that while Oak Ridge had 4 more fouls called for the game, they actually shot more free throws? I wish I could somehow post the score sheet or video of the game on this website.

    I also think that GDS would beat Northern and Dudley in a seven game series, and therefore I would give the Bengals the edge over both these teams but only slightly. Finally, the GDS coaching staff is the best in the area, and honestly its not even close. Sure some other coaches know their “stuff” and would obviously find success (and a lot less headaches) at GDS but Coach Johnson and company are the most experienced and successful staff in the area and perhaps the state.

    So what have we learned? OVER-UNDERS

    Guilford College +25 > better than in high school team in the area
    GDS Coaching Staff +15 > any coaching staff in the area
    Oak Ridge +10 > any high school team in the area

  6. We all need to show up at the Guilford-Hampden Sydney game on Wednesday to show our support for these young men and their fine accomplishments. I would still like to see the Oak Ridge and Guilford game.

    Great work by the Quakers for reaching #1.

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