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Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Dec. 8 | The Catch and Shoot

Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of Dec. 8

1. Gonzaga (7-1). Last week: 2

Gonzaga took Arizona into overtime on the road before losing by three points. The Bulldogs face two more Pac-12 opponents, Washington State and UCLA, this week.

2. Wichita State (5-1). Last week: 1

Wichita State bounced back from its first loss of the season with an easy win against Saint Louis. The Shockers host undefeated Seton Hall Tuesday.

Photo by Matthew Putney
Photo by Matthew Putney

3. Northern Iowa (8-0). Last week: 3

Northern Iowa will play two true road games this week, its first since Nov. 18. The Panthers face Denver and VCU.

4. Harvard (6-1). Last week: 4

Harvard needed two overtimes to defeat Vermont but eventually got the job done. The Crimson host Boston University Monday before taking a 13-day break.

5. BYU (7-2). Last week: 5

BYU has won three straight games since the Maui Invitational. The Cougars host in-state rival Utah this week with a chance for a big-time win.

6. Georgia State (6-2). Last week: 12

Georgia State got its first quality win Thursday, knocking off Green Bay 72-48. The Panthers are off until next Wednesday.

7. Old Dominion (6-1). Last week: 8

Old Dominion has won three straight games. The Monarchs begin a five-game home stand Sunday against North Carolina A&T.

8. Saint Mary’s (5-1). Last week: 6

Saint Mary’s picked up its first loss Saturday to Boise State. The Gaels will be challenged again this coming Saturday at Creighton.

9. Wofford (7-2). Last week: 10

Wofford has an opportunity for a big win this week at NC State.

10. Louisiana Tech (7-1). Last week: 11

Louisiana Tech has won six straight games but lacks noteworthy wins. The Bulldogs can get a huge one Sunday at Syracuse.

11. Green Bay (6-2). Last week: 15

Green Bay bounced back from a loss at Georgia State with a win at previously unbeaten Miami (Fla.). The Phoenix return home Saturday for Drake. This is their first home game of the season against a Division I opponent.

12. Yale (8-2). Last week: 19

Yale upset Connecticut on a Jack Montague buzzer-beater Friday. The Bulldogs look for another huge win Monday at Florida.

13. Florida Gulf Coast (8-1). Last week: 16

Florida Gulf Coast knocked of UMass on a neutral site for a solid win. The Eagles host Florida International in their only game this week.

14. Belmont (7-1). Last week: 17

Belmont has won fours straight games since dropping its season opener. The Bruins enter a tough five-game stretch that includes games against Evansville, VCU and Butler.

15. Stephen F. Austin (6-3). Last week: 14

Stephen F. Austin has won five straight games after losing three in a row. The Lumberjacks continue a four-game home stand this week with games against North Texas and Texas State.

16. Evansville (6-1). Last week: 20

Evansville knocked off Wright State and IUPUI last week and continues to look like a possible MVC contender. The Aces will be tested this week against Belmont and Murray State.

17. UTEP (4-3). Last week: 7

UTEP has played a tough schedule, and it shows. After a 4-0 start, the Miners have lost three games in a row.

18. UC Irvine (4-3). Last week: 13

UC Irvine lost to Fresno State but bounced back with a win against Sacramento State. The Anteaters look to stay perfect at home Saturday against Texas-Arlington.

19. Iona (4-3, 0-1 MAAC). Last week: 9

Iona was upset by Monmouth in its MAAC opener. The Gaels look to rebound this week against Rider and Indiana State.

20. Northeastern (6-2). Last week: 18

Northeastern bounced back from a loss at Harvard with a 12-point victory against Western Michigan. The Huskies are on the road until Jan. 5.

21. New Mexico State (4-5). Last week: 23

After several losses to high-quality opponents, New Mexico State finally beat one. The Aggies defeated UTEP, which had lost to on the road in November.

22. Akron (7-2). Last week: 22

Akron has won three games in a row, although none have been anything special.

23. Valparaiso (8-2). Last week: 21

Valparaiso’s seven-game wining streak ended Saturday with a loss to New Mexico. The Crusaders play two home games this week.

24. Eastern Washington (7-1). Last week: 25

Eastern Washington won at Seattle in its only game of the week. The Eagles continue their road trip at San Francisco Thursday.

25. Army (6-1). Last week: Unranked

Army has three true road wins, and its only loss is at Duke.

 

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.


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