Mid-Major Rankings for the Week of December 2

1. Wichita State (8-0). Last week: 2
Photo: rrstar.com
Photo: rrstar.com

Wichita State jumps up to No. 1 this week after beating Saint Louis on the road and Brigham Young and DePaul on a neutral court. The Shockers return home for Oral Roberts this weekend.

 

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

Gonzaga lost its No. 1 spot after falling to Dayton, but the Zags have since won three in a row. They will host New Mexico State on Saturday.

 

3. Harvard (7-1). Last week: 3

Harvard defeated Denver, Green Bay, and Texas Christian to win the Great Alaska Shootout. The Crimson wrap up their six-game road trip at Northeastern and Boston University this week.

 

4. Brigham Young (6-2). Last week: 4

Brigham Young finished second at the CBE Classic with a win against Texas and a loss to Wichita State. The Cougars then handed Utah State its first loss of the season on Saturday.

 

5. St. Mary’s (6-0). Last week: 8

St. Mary’s remained perfect with a win against Murray State. The Gaels will host Eastern Washington on Sunday.

 

6. Charlotte (6-1). Last week: 9

Charlotte avoided a letdown after its thrilling win against Michigan with a 77-56 win against UNC-Asheville on Sunday. The 49ers face Davidson and Appalachian State this week.

 

7. Belmont (7-2). Last week: 6

Belmont’s six-game winning streak ended Sunday with a loss to Virginia Commonwealth. The Bruins will look to bounce back at Middle Tennessee on Tuesday.

 

8. Louisiana Tech (6-1). Last week: 11

Louisiana Tech has won six straight games since losing to St. Mary’s in the season opener. Last week, the Bulldogs won the Gulf Coast Showcase and then won an additional game at Jackson State.

 

9. Towson (6-2). Last week: 10

Towson went 3-0 last week with wins against UMBC, The Citadel, and Abilene Christian. The Tigers will play at the Lumberjack Classic against Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State this weekend.

 

10. Southern Miss (6-1). Last week: 7

Southern Miss’ perfect season ended Friday with a 69-38 loss at Louisville. The Golden Eagles return home to face Morehead State and Georgia State this week.

 

11. Indiana State (5-2). Last week: 5

Indiana State rebounded from a disappointing loss to Tulsa at the Great Alaska Shootout with wins against Alaska-Anchorage and Pepperdine. Next up for the Sycamores is Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

 

12. Toledo (6-0). Last week: 13

Toledo, which had last week off, is back in action against Detroit on Wednesday.

 

13. Drexel (4-2). Last week: 19

Drexel nearly knocked off Arizona and then survived Alabama in triple overtime at Madison Square Garden last week. Against Alabama, the Dragons got the win without starting guard Damion Lee.

 

14. Eastern Kentucky (6-2). Last week: 14

Eastern Kentucky’s four-game winning streak ended after blowing a second half lead at North Carolina State on Saturday night. The Colonels continue their road trip at Virginia Commonwealth and Longwood this week.

 

15. Green Bay (4-2). Last week: 17

Green Bay finished third at the Great Alaska Shootout, defeating Pepperdine and Tulsa but losing to Harvard. The Phoenix will host Virginia on Saturday, marking the second time this season they have received a visit from a BCS school.

 

16. New Mexico State (7-2). Last week: 18

New Mexico State’s seven-game winning streak ended Saturday with a two-point loss at Colorado State. The tough stretch continues for the Aggies with their next three opponents being New Mexico, Gonzaga, and Arizona.

 

17. Manhattan (4-2). Last week: 12

Manhattan was upset by Fordham on Tuesday but bounced back with a win at Hofstra over the weekend. The Jaspers begin MAAC play at Marist on Friday.

 

18. Boston U (5-2). Last week: 20

Boston defeated St. Peter’s on Saturday for its third straight win. The Terriers face Quinnipiac and Harvard this week.

 

19. UAB (6-2). Last week: Unranked

UAB made a national statement Sunday with its 63-59 win against North Carolina. The Blazers’ also have a win against Nebraska, and they took New Mexico into double overtime before losing.

 

20. North Dakota State (4-3). Last week: 22

North Dakota State took home the Cable Car Classic crown with wins against Santa Clara and Rider.

 

21. Kent State (8-1). Last week: Unranked

Kent State has won its last six games and will complete its long homestand against Bucknell on Wednesday. The Golden Flashes’ only loss this season is by two points at Seton Hall.

 

22. Ohio (6-1). Last week: Unranked

Ohio has been fine to start the season despite losing four of last year’s starters. The Bobcats’ only loss is at Ohio State by 10 points.

 

23. Missouri State (6-1). Last week: Unranked

Missouri State knocked off Texas A&M but lost to Virginia at the Corpus Christi Challenge last week. The Bears will host Cameron on Wednesday.

 

24. Iona (3-2). Last week: Unranked

In its only game of the week, Iona blew out Florida Gulf Coast on the road. Shooting guard Tre Bowman netted 29 points on 11-of-13 field-goal shooting. The Gaels open MAAC play against Marist on Wednesday.

 

25. Mercer (5-3). Last week: 16

Mercer is looking like the favorite in the Atlantic Sun with Florida Gulf Coast’s early struggles, but the Bears have not looked too sharp either — they lost at Ohio on Tuesday and then needed triple overtime to beat Valparaiso on Friday.

Others considered:

Middle Tennessee, UTEP, Florida Gulf Coast, Loyola Marymount, Wright State, Eastern Michigan, Princeton, East Carolina, Evansville, Loyola (MD), San Diego

Past Rankings

Week of November 25

Week of November 18

Week of November 11

Preseason Rankings

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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