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NCAAM Mid Major Top-25: Week 6

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Each Week, 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. Highlighted teams are in bold.

Last Week’s Rankings

Mid Major Top-25 

  1. New Mexico State
  2. Middle Tennessee
  3. Boise State
  4. Nevada
  5. SF Austin
  6. UNLV
  7. Oakland
  8. UT Arlington
  9. Hawaii
  10. Portland State
  11. South Dakota State
  12. Cental Michigan
  13. UNI
  14. Loyola Chicago
  15. Wofford
  16. Georgia State
  17. ULL
  18. Ltech
  19. Marshall
  20. Northern Colorado
  21. Albany
  22. Wright State
  23. Grand Canyon
  24. Wyoming
  25. South Dakota

Mid Major Notes

  • UT Arlington challenges, but falls to #25 Creighton by nine.
  • Oakland takes down Towson and gets revenge over Eastern Michigan for momentum shifting wins. Towson drops a second game to Pitt to fall out of the mid major top-25 after being top-10.
  • Georgia State has two wins over power conference teams, beating Ole Miss and UMass. Watch out for them in the Sun Belt.
  • Albany falls to Lousiville by just two in a great game.
  • IPFW continues to stay hot. After blowing out Indiana, they beat very good Liberty team by 11. However, they fell to a mid-major power in LTech in the New Orleans Shootout Championship.
  • Idaho goes hot, then gets cold, as they destroyed Western Michigan, but fell to UC Irvine.
  • San Diego State finally plays like we thought they would, as they upset at the time #12 Gonzaga. However, to open up Mountain West play, they fell to Wyoming, who got the #24 spot over the Aztecs.
  • Portland State continues their dominance, as they beat Cal by 25.
  • Middle Tennessee’s Giddy Potts nails a late jumper to lift the Blue Raiders over Princeton in an amazing game during the Diamond Head Classic. Then, Middle Tennessee competes, but comes up short to USC, and also falls short to Miami for third place. Middle Tennessee is still ranked #2 because of the overall talent they possess.
  • UC Davis knocks off Lamar as both teams have just 4 losses.
  • FGCU finally gets back to playing how they should in a very good loss to Wichita State. The A-Sun may not be as easy as it looks for Dunk City.
  • Rider upsets Penn State, and Stony Brook upsets Rutgers in a bad day for the Big Ten, as mid majors ruled.
  • Western Michigan takes out Milwaukee in a game of two teams with very weird season resumes.
  • UNI battles in a loss to Xavier
  • Loyola Chicago and Missouri State go back and forth until Missouri State pulls away late to win an important Missouri Valley game by five.
  • Wright State is quietly rising in the Horizon League as they upset GTech.
  • Northern Colorado is the surprise mid major team of the year so far. They fell to UNLV on a late three pointer, but they played very well against one of the best mid major squads.
  • New Mexico State hits a late jumper to knock off Davidson in the Diamond Classic first round game. Then, the Aggies got a fantastic upset win over (at the time) #6 Miami in the second game, but they fell to USC in the championship, barely. NMSU snags the top spot in the mid major race, as Nevada and Middle Tennessee both lost. Nevada may have killed their at large tournament bid hopes with their terrible loss to San Fran before conference play started up.

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