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College Basketball Mid-Major Top-25: Week 14

Credit: Reno Gazette-Journal

Each Wednesday, I will be posting my Mid-Major Top-25 highlighting the top 25 teams from non-power conferences. These rankings exclude the A10, AAC and WCC. Also included each week will be a breakdown of all notable mid major notes around the country.

These teams could be the teams to pull off incredible upsets in the NCAA Tournament!

Last Week’s Rankings

Mid-Major Top-25

1 Nevada
2 Middle Tennessee
3 Loyola Chicago
5 Vermont
6 South Dakota State
7 Charleston
8 Buffalo
9 Old Dominion
10 New Mexico State
12 Boise State
13 Western Kentucky
14 Belmont
15 Penn
16 Montana
17 South Dakota
18 Wright State
19 Murray State
20 Rider
21 Bucknell
22 SF Austin
24 Winthrop
25 Weber State

Mid-Major Notes

  • Nevada goes on the road to Boise State for a win to show they are without a doubt top school in the Mountain West, and that they will be in the NCAA Tournament even with a loss in the MW conference tournament.
  • FGCU loses twice this week to Kennesaw State and Lipscomb, causing them to fall out of the Mid-Major Top-25 even though they still lead the A-Sun Conference.
  • UNC Ashville loses to Liberty and gives way to Winthrop to lead the Big South.
  • New Mexico State falls to Utah Valley, who is the second-best team in the WAC, but the loss that hurt came to Seattle later in the week, causing NMSU to slide down the rankings.
  • Montana randomly loses a game in the Big Sky to Eastern Washington, then they fell to Idaho to now enter a tie with Weber State for first place in the conference.
  • Wright States takes back the top spot in the Horizon League, as they beat Northern Kentucky.
  • Northeastern is getting hot at the right time, beating William & Mary as they prepare to get their rematch against Charleston for the top spot in the Colonial.
  • In Mountain West action, San Diego State impresses with a 38-point win over UNLV. SDSU may make a run if the they play like this in the conference tournament.
  • UCSB nearly falls out of the Mid-Major Top-25 with a home loss to UC Davis by 17 points. UCSB still holds first place in the Big West, which kept them in the poll.
  • Old Dominion dominates UTEP in a 49-point win.
  • Rider and Canisius played a great game to decide who the top team in the MAAC was, and Rider won the battle by just one point.
  • Vermont fails to go undefeated in American East play two years in a row, as they fell to Hartford.
  • ETSU suffers a terrible loss on their home court to The Citadel.

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