Mid-major teams have emerged as serious power players in college basketball in the past few seasons.
Teams like Gonzaga, Butler and VCU are just the most publicized parts of a greater movement away from the idea that all the talent resides in the power six conferences.
Just take a look at the preseason rankings by both AP and USA Today.
There are five mid-majors in both top 25 rankings, and all of these teams have considerable room to move towards the top 10.
ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan put it best when he said:
“Half of the Associated Press preseason All-America list came from schools outside the power six conferences. Lehigh (C.J. McCollum), Murray State (Isaiah Canaan) and Creighton (Doug McDermott) were all represented”
With this rise of mid-majors comes a greater need for media coverage that is normally kept only to the power six conferences.
Introducing: a new weekly power ranking of the top 10 mid-major programs in the nation!
To qualify, the teams cannot be a member of the power six conferences: the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 or the SEC.
Power Rankings will be released every Sunday morning and will take wins, losses and the general trending of teams into account.
Without further ado, here is the first set of rankings.