Mid-Major Top 25—Jan. 10: Saints Move To No. 4, Undefeated in MAAC

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2010

Rank. Team (Last Week's Ranking)

Please Note: All stats as of Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, 9 a.m.


1.  Northern Iowa Panthers (1)

Record: 14-1, 5-0 MVC

RPI: 15

Northern Iowa continued to show their dominance in the Missouri Valley Conference with wins over Missouri State, Southern Illinois, and Illinois State—all three of them in the better half of the conference.

Key Wins: Boston College (Neutral), Siena (Home), Missouri State (Home)

Key Losses: Depaul (Neutral)


2. Butler Bulldogs (2)

Record: 11-4, 4-0 Horizon

RPI: 19

Butler beat conference-rival Wright State on Friday night to improve to 4-0 in the Horizon League. Butler plays at Detroit (11-5, 4-1 Horizon) on Sunday.

Key Wins: Northwestern (Road), Ohio State (Home), Xavier (Home)

Key Losses: Clemson (Neutral)


3. Gonzaga Bulldogs (4)

Record: 12-3, 1-0 WCC

RPI: 18

Gonzaga picked up a win in their first conference game at Portland.

Key Wins: Cincinnati (Neutral), Wisconsin (Neutral), Illinois (Road)

Key Losses: Wake Forest (Home)


4. Siena Saints (5)

Record: 12-4, 5-0 MAAC

RPI: 42

Siena improved to 5-0 in the MAAC with wins over Loyola (MD) and Niagara. The Saints have now won five in a row and seven out of their last eight. With the win over Niagara, Siena has won 29-straight games at home.

Key Wins: Northeastern (Home), Niagara (Home)

Key Losses: Temple (Road), Northern Iowa (Road)


5. Old Dominion Monarchs (8)

Record: 12-5, 4-1 CAA

RPI: 39

Currently in a four-way tie for first place in the CAA, Old Dominion beat Hofstra, George Mason, and Towson this week.

Key Wins: Marshall (Home), Georgetown (Road)

Key Losses: Richmond (Road), George Mason (Road)


6. St. Mary's Gaels (9)

Record: 14-2, 1-0 WCC

RPI: 33

St. Mary's beat San Francisco, 83-62, in their only game this week.

Key Wins: Utah State (Road), San Diego State (Home)

Key Losses: Vanderbilt (Home)


7. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10)

Record: 9-4, 2-0 Sun Belt

RPI: 44

Western Kentucky picked up close wins against Mississippi State and South Alabama this week. The Hilltoppers have now won seven out of their last eight.

Key Wins: Murray State (Home), Mississippi State (Home)

Key Losses: Indiana State (Home), South Carolina (Road)


8. Missouri State Bears (6)

Record: 13-3, 3-2 MVC

RPI: 45

After losing close games to Northern Iowa and Wichita State—two of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference—Missouri State beat Bradley, 88-69.

Key Wins: Auburn (Home), Tulsa (Home), Illinois State (Home)

Key Losses: Arkansas (Road), Wichita State (Home)


9. Portland Pilots (7)

Record: 9-6, 0-1 WCC

RPI: 78

Portland lost to Gonzaga, 81-78, in their only game this week.

Key Wins: Minnesota (Neutral)

Key Losses: Portland State (Home), Idaho (Road)


10. Illinois State Redbirds (11)

Record: 12-4, 3-2 MVC

RPI: 91

Illinois State beat Southern Illinois and Evansville before losing to Northern Iowa, 59-44, on Saturday.

Key Wins: Saint Bonaventure (Home), Wichita State (Home)

Key Losses: Ohio (Road)


11. Murray State Racers (12)

Record: 13-3, 5-0 OVC

RPI: 83

The Racers beat Austin Peay, Tennessee State, and Tennessee Martin by double digits this week.

Key Wins: Eastern Kentucky (Home)

Key Losses: Louisiana Tech (Road)


12. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (3)

Record: 10-4, 2-3 CAA

RPI: 52

After losing to Northeastern and Drexel, Virginia Commonwealth rebounded with a win over Delaware.

Key Wins: Oklahoma (Home), Nevada (Home), Richmond (Home)

Key Losses: Western Michigan (Road), Drexel (Road)


13. Cornell Big Red (14)

Record: 13-3

RPI: 32

Cornell made the headlines this week as they almost pulled off an upset against No. 1 Kansas. The Big Red lead for almost the whole game, before Kansas pulled off a 71-66 victory on their home floor. Cornell rebounded with a win at South Dakota.

Key Wins: Alabama (Road)

Key Losses: None


14. Harvard Crimson (16)

Record: 12-3, 1-0 Ivy

RPI: 46

Harvard beat Santa Clara and Dartmouth this week, extending their winning streak to five games.

Key Wins: William & Mary (Home), Boston College (Road)

Key Losses: Army (Road)


15. Wichita State Shockers (17)

Record: 15-2, 4-1 MVC

RPI: 62

Wichita State has now won 13 out of their last 14. This week, they beat Bradley, Missouri State, and Creighton.

Key Wins: Texas Tech (Home), Missouri State (Road)

Key Losses: Pitt (Neutral)


16. Northern Colorado Bears (19)

Record: 15-3, 4-1 Big Sky

RPI: 76

Northern Colorado beat Weber State and Idaho State to extend their winning streak to six games.

Key Wins: Montana (Road)

Key Losses: Montana State (Road), Wyoming (Road)


17. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (23)

Record: 15-2, 3-0 WAC

RPI: 74

Louisiana Tech beat Utah State and Idaho this week. The Bulldogs have won their first three WAC games.

Key Wins: Murray State (Home), Houston (Road)

Key Losses: Arizona (Road)


18. William & Mary Tribe (18)

Record: 12-3, 4-1 CAA

RPI: 20

The Tribe picked up a heartbreaking loss to UNC Wilmington to start off the week, but then rebounded with wins over Delaware and Drexel.

Key Wins: Wake Forest (Road), VCU (Home), Maryland (Road)

Key Losses: UNC Wilmington (Home)


19. Wright State Raiders (21)

Record: 10-6, 3-2 Horizon

RPI: 129

Wright State lost a close game to Butler this week, falling to fourth place in their conference.

Key Wins: Sam Houston State (Home)

Key Losses: Northeastern (Road), Miami Ohio (Home)


20. Western Carolina Catamounts (15)

Record: 12-3, 2-1 SoCon

RPI: 54

Western Carolina beat Berea to start the week, but then fell at Georgia Southern for their first conference loss.

Key Wins: Louisville (Road)

Key Losses: Clemson (Road), Georgia Southern (Road)


21. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (24)

Record: 16-2, 6-0 Big South

RPI: 155

Coastal Carolina remains red hot, as they have now won 15 out of their last 16, with the loss coming to Cal State Northridge. The Chanticleers play Radford on Jan. 14.

Key Wins: College of Charleston (Home), Indiana State (Neutral)

Key Losses: Cal State Northridge (Neutral)


22. Akron Zips (Not Ranked)

Record: 11-4, 1-0 MAC

RPI: 158

Akron rebounded from a close loss to Rhode Island with a win over Bowling Green in the conference opener.

Key Wins: Niagara (Home)

Key Losses: Austin Peay (Home)


23. Niagara Purple Eagles (25)

Record: 10-7, 3-2 MAAC

RPI: 124

Niagara lost at Siena, following a win over Fairfield. The Purple Eagles are now in third place in the MAAC.

Key Wins: UCF (Neutral), Illinois State (Road)

Key Losses: Austin Peay (Road), Buffalo (Home)


24. South Alabama Jaguars (23)

Record: 11-6, 3-2 Sun Belt

RPI: 194

South Alabama lost to Western Kentucky and Arkansas State in their two games this week. With those losses, they dropped from first place in the Sun Belt to sixth.

Key Wins: Florida (Road)

Key Losses: Rice (Road), Arkansas State (Home)


25. Morgan State Bears (13)

Record: 9-7, 2-0 MEAC

RPI: 131

Morgan State has slumped, although Reggie Holmes continues to score. The Bears lost to Robert Morris and Baylor, and then picked up a 90-58 win over Howard.

Key Wins: Arkansas (Road)

Key Losses: Appalachian State (Road), Loyola Maryland (Road), Robert Morris (Road)


Teams By Conference:

MVC: 4

CAA: 3

WCC: 3

Horizon: 2

Ivy: 2


Sun Belt: 2

Big Sky: 1

Big South: 1

MAC: 1


OVC: 1

SoCon: 1

WAC: 1


Added: Akron


Dropped: George Mason


Considered: Fairfield, Stephen F Austin, Indiana State, Iona, Texas San Antonio, Green Bay, Loyola (IL), Western Michigan


Mid-Major Team To Watch—Montana State Bobcats (9-6, 4-1 Big Sky)

Montana State's best win is over Northern Colorado. They have also played close with Southern Miss. With a win over Portland State on Friday night, the Bobcats are now 4-1 in the Big Sky, in a three-way tie for first place.


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