Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of March 11

1. Gonzaga (30-2, 16-0 WCC)

Gonzaga used a strong second half to pull away from Loyola Marymount in the WCC semifinals. The Zags will face St. Mary’s in the title game on Monday night.

 

2. St. Mary’s (27-5, 14-2 WCC)

St. Mary’s knocked off San Diego in overtime on Saturday night to move to on to the WCC title game.

 

3. Creighton (27-7, 13-5 MVC)

The Bluejays outlasted Wichita State by three points in the MVC title game on Sunday afternoon to clinch the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The performance was extra impressive because Doug McDermott was a lesser factor with only 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

 

4. Belmont (26-6, 14-2 OVC)

Belmont clinched a bid to the NCAA tournament with a win over Murray State in the OVC title game on Saturday. The Bruins will be a dangerous underdog as they are ranked in the top 50 in KenPom.

 

5. Middle Tennessee (28-5, 19-1 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee’s winning streak ended with a loss to Florida International in the Sun Belt semifinals. The Blue Raiders will have a shot at an at-large bid, but that is nowhere near a guarantee.

 

6. Bucknell (27-5, 12-2 Patriot)

Bucknell’s last three wins have come at Navy, vs. Navy and vs. Army. Does that count as treason?

In real news, the Bison are playing Lafayette in the Patriot League title game. The two teams split the series in the regular season.

 

7. Valparaiso (25-7, 13-3 Horizon)

Valparaiso defeated Green Bay in the Horizon League semifinals on a buzzer-beater by Ryan Broekhoff. The Crusaders will host Wright State on Tuesday for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

 

8. Wichita State (26-8, 12-6 MVC)

The Shockers failed to capture the MVC’s automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but they are still essentially a lock for the Big Dance as an at-large team.

 

9. Stephen F. Austin (26-3, 16-2 Southland)

Stephen F. Austin won its final four Southland games to capture the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

 

10. Denver (21-8, 16-2 WAC)

Denver is one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Pioneers have won 10 games in a row and 17 of their last 18. On Saturday, they blew out Louisiana Tech to capture a share of the WAC title.

 

11. Louisiana Tech (26-5, 16-2 WAC)

The Bulldogs were brought back down to earth with two blowout losses last week to New Mexico State and Denver.

 

12. Akron (24-6, 14-2 MAC)

Akron point guard Alex Abreu was suspended after an arrest for drug trafficking. The Zips were clearly not the same team in their first game without him, falling at home to Kent State.

 

13. Davidson (25-7, 17-1 SoCon)

Davidson advanced to the SoCon championship game with a 65-62 win over Appalachian State on Sunday. The Wildcats’ have not lost since January 14.

 

14. Ohio (23-8, 14-2 MAC)

Thanks to Akron’s late-season struggles, Ohio was able to sneak in for a share of the MAC regular season title.

 

15. New Mexico State (21-10, 14-4 WAC)

The Aggies had an impressive week with an 18-point win over Louisiana Tech followed by a close win over fourth-place Texas-Arlington. They will face Idaho in the WAC quarterfinals on Thursday.

 

16. Detroit (20-12, 12-4 Horizon)

Detroit’s chance to repeat as Horizon League tournament champion ended with a buzzer-beater loss to Wright State in the semifinals. The Titans will most likely be playing in the NIT.

 

17. South Dakota State (23-9, 13-3 Summit)

The Jackrabbits knocked off IUPUI in the Summit League quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals against No. 5 seed IPFW. They won both meetings with the Mastodons in the regular season.

 

18. Weber State (24-5, 18-2 Big Sky)

Weber State’s last loss came at Montana on January 26. Since then, the Wildcats have won 11 straight games en route to a second-place finish in the Big Sky.

 

19. Florida Gulf Coast (24-10, 13-5 A-Sun)

Florida Gulf Coast was the first team to punch its ticket to the Big Dance this season. The Eagles upset Mercer in the conference title game on Saturday.

 

20. Montana (23-6, 19-1 Big Sky)

The Grizzlies struggled without Mathias Ward and Will Cherry in their final weekend of regular season play, but they still came out with a pair of wins to take home the Big Sky crown and earn homecourt advantage in the conference tournament.

 

21. Stony Brook (24-7, 14-2 A-East)

Once again, Stony Brook was upset in the America East tournament. The Seawolves faced Albany, who hosted the quarterfinals and semifinals, in the semis and lost by two.

 

22. Brigham Young (21-11, 10-6 WCC)

BYU’s chances for a WCC tournament run ended early with a quarterfinal loss to San Diego.

 

23. Northern Iowa (18-14, 11-7 MVC)

Northern Iowa was playing well in February, but the Panthers lost to Illinois State, which they beat twice in the regular season, in the MVC quarterfinals.

 

24. North Dakota State (23-8, 12-4 Summit)

UMKC gave North Dakota State a good fight in the Summit League quarterfinals, but the Bison survived to advance to a semifinal date with No. 2 seed Western Illinois on Monday.

 

25. Eastern Kentucky (24-9, 12-4 OVC)

The Colonels lost to Murray State in the semifinals, but they will be playing postseason basketball somewhere with a great overall record and a top-70 ranking in RPI.

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