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College Basketball Mid-Major Top-25

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Wednesday’s throughout the season we will be posting our Mid-Major Top-25, highlighting the 25 best non-power conference teams, along with some mid-major notes.


Mid-Major Top 25

1 Gonzaga
2 Nevada
3 Buffalo
4 Furman
5 Belmont
6 Lipscomb
7 Penn
8 Marshall
9 Wofford
10 Radford
11 Georgia State
12 Hofstra
13 Murray State
14 San Fran
15 Montana
16 Toledo
17 Liberty
18 San Diego
19 Fresno State
20 Utah State
21 South Dakota State
22 Loyola Chicago
23 Stony Brook
24 New Mexico State
25 Georgia Southern

Mid-Major Notes

  • Wofford goes on the road and upsets South Carolina by 20 for a great win.
  • Murray State suffers their first loss of the year in a tough six-point loss to Alabama. Ja Morant scored 38 for the Racers. He is now projected to be a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • In the Elite 8 rematch, Nevada goes into Loyola Chicago’s gym and gets revenge off of a solid performance from the Martin Twins, who both scored over 20 points.
  • Radford upsets Texas in Austin for their second upset win of the year, after they beat Notre Dame. Coming off their win over the Longhorns, Radford had a “let down” game, as they lost at James Madison, which is a very tough place to play.
  • San Fran blows out SF Austin, and Buffalo easily beats Milwaukee in the Belfast Classic. In the championship game, Buffalo holds off a very good San Fran team in Ireland to take home the Belfast title.
  • Marshall does not look like the team that upset Wichita State in March Madness right now, as they gave up 101 points to rival Ohio in a 17-point loss. However, I still believe in Marshall to be one of the favorites in the Conference USA.
  • Abilene Christian is undefeated no longer, as they lost to Pepperdine.
  • BYU drops a tough game to Weber State, in a very high scoring affair.
  • Utah State makes another very impressive statement dominating the Big West favorites UC Irvine by 24 points.
  • Furman needed double overtime to beat Western Carolina, which is concerning, but they ended up being ranked in the AP Top-25.
  • Loyola Marymount loses their first game of the season, getting blown out by UCLA.
  • Penn holds down The Palestra, as they absolutely pick Miami apart in an upset win.
  • Georgia State overcomes a 22-point deficit in the second half and hit a walk off three-pointer to steal an upset over Alabama.
  • New Mexico State owns the state of New Mexico in basketball, as they beat New Mexico 100-65.
  • Belmont beats Lipscomb for the second time this season, and those two losses are Lipscomb’s only losses on their tough non-conference schedule.


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