NCAA Basketball Mid-Major Top 25: Northern Iowa Still No. 1

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2010

1. Northern Iowa Panthers (1)

Record: 16-1, 7-0 MVC

RPI: 17

Northern Iowa beat Bradley and Indiana State this week to remain undefeated in conference play.

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

Key Losses: Depaul (Neutral)

2. Butler Bulldogs (2)

Record: 14-4, 7-0 Horizon

RPI: 19

Butler won at Detroit and then came home to beat Cleveland State and Youngstown State. The Bulldogs are still undefeated in conference play.

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

Key Losses: Minnesota (Neutral)

3. Gonzaga Bulldogs (3)

Record: 14-3, 3-0 WCC

RPI: 14

Gonzaga beat St. Mary's and San Diego this week, improving to 3-0 in conference play.

Key Wins: Cincinnati (Neutral), Wisconsin (Neutral), Illinois (Road), St. Mary's (Road)

Key Losses: Wake Forest (Home)

4. Siena Saints (4)

Record: 14-4, 7-0 MAAC

RPI: 40

Siena beat Canisius and Fairfield this week. With the win over Fairfield, they now have a two game lead in first place.

Key Wins: Northeastern (Home), Fairfield (Road)

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

5. Old Dominion Monarchs (5)

Record: 14-5, 5-1 CAA

RPI: 36

Old Dominion beat UNC Wilmington and Drexel. The Monarchs have won five straight games and eight out of their last nine.

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

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

6. St. Mary's Gaels (6)

Record: 16-3, 3-1 WCC

RPI: 38

St. Mary's beat Portland following a loss to Gonzaga.

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

Key Losses: Vanderbilt (Home), Gonzaga (Home)

7. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7)

Record: 11-5, 4-1 Sun Belt

RPI: 55

Western Kentucky beat Florida Atlantic and Florida International after losing at Denver.

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

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

8. Illinois State Redbirds (10)

Record: 13-4, 4-2 MVC

RPI: 98

Illinois State beat Evansville in their one game this week.

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

Key Losses: Ohio (Road)

9. Murray State Racers (11)

Record: 16-3, 8-0 OVC

RPI: 79

Murray State beat Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State, and Tennessee Tech. The Racers are unbeaten in conference play.

Key Wins: Eastern Kentucky (Home)

Key Losses: Louisiana Tech (Road)

10. Portland Pilots (9)

Record: 10-7, 1-2 WCC

RPI: 82

After beating San Diego, Portland lost to St. Mary's.

Key Wins: Minnesota (Neutral)

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

11. Cornell Big Red (13)

Record: 15-3, 1-0 Ivy

RPI: 31

Cornell beat Columbia in the Ivy League opener.

Key Wins: Alabama (Road)

Key Losses: None

12. Virginia Commonwealth (12)

Record: 12-4, 4-3 CAA

RPI: 47

VCU beat Hofstra and Georgia State on the road. After losing back to back games earlier in January, the Rams have won three straight.

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

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

13. Harvard Crimson (14)

Record: 12-3, 1-0 Ivy

RPI: 53

Harvard did not play this week.

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

Key Losses: Army (Road)

14. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (17)

Record: 17-2, 5-0 WAC

RPI: 61

Louisiana Tech beat Boise State and Fresno State to stay unbeaten in the WAC.

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

Key Losses: Arizona (Road)

15. Wichita State Shockers (15)

Record: 16-3, 5-2 MVC

RPI: 52

Wichita State lost to Creighton on Saturday to end a five game winning streak. The Shockers are yet to lose on their home floor (11-0).

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

Key Losses: Pitt (Neutral), Creighton (Road)

16. William & Mary Tribe (18)

Record: 14-3, 6-1 CAA

RPI: 26

William & Mary responded from a small setback when they lost to UNC Wilmington and almost lost to Delaware with wins over Drexel, James Madison, and Hofstra.

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

Key Losses: UNC Wilmington (Home)

17. Akron Zips (22)

Record: 12-4, 2-0 MAC

RPI: 132

Akron won at Ohio in their only game this week.

Key Wins: Niagara (Home)

Key Losses: Austin Peay (Home)

18. Western Carolina Catamounts (20)

Record: 14-3, 4-1 SoCon

RPI: 59

Western Carolina beat UNC Greensboro and Elon to respond to their loss at Georgia Southern.

Key Wins: Louisville (Road)

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

19. Missouri State Bears (8)

Record: 13-5, 3-4 MVC

RPI: 63

Missouri State lost both their games this week to Drake and Bradley.

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

Key Losses: Arkansas (Road), Drake (Road), Bradley (Road)

20. Northern Colorado Bears (16)

Record: 16-4, 5-2 Big Sky

RPI: 87

Northern Colorado beat Eastern Washington after losing to Portland State.

Key Wins: Montana (Road)

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

21. Green Bay Phoenix (Not Ranked)

Record: 13-6, 6-2 Horizon

RPI: 101

Green Bay beat Wright State and Detroit this week to reenter the Top 25.

Key Wins: Wisconsin (Home), Wright State (Home), Detroit (Home)

Key Losses: Oakland (Road), Buffalo (Home), Milwaukee (Road)

22. Fairfield Stags (Not Ranked)

Record: 12-5, 5-2 MAAC

RPI: 117

Fairfield lost to Siena after beating Manhattan. Losses by Niagara, South Alabama, and Wright State enabled them to enter the Top 25.

Key Wins: St. Peter's (Road), Sacred Heart (Home)

Key Losses: Niagara (Road)

23. Morgan State Bears (25)

Record: 11-7, 4-0 MEAC

RPI: 136

Morgan State beat South Carolina State despite Reggie Holmes not hitting a field goal.

Key Wins: Arkansas (Road)

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

24. George Mason Patriots (Not Ranked)

Record: 11-7, 6-1 CAA

RPI: 118

George Mason has won five out of their last six after beating Georgia State and James Madison this week.

Key Wins: Indiana (Neutral), ODU (Home)

Key Losses: Tulane (Road), Radford (Road)

25. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (21)

Record: 17-3, 7-1 Big South

RPI: 171

Coastal Carolina lost to Radford, but then beat High Point to keep a spot in the Top 25.

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

Key Losses: Cal State Northridge (Neutral), Radford (Home)

Teams By Conference:

CAA: 4

MVC: 4

WCC: 3

Horizon: 2

Ivy: 2


Big Sky: 1

Big South: 1

MAC: 1


OVC: 1

SoCon: 1

Sun Belt: 1

WAC: 1

Added: Fairfield, Green Bay, George Mason

Dropped: Niagara, South Alabama, Wright State

Considered (Alphabetical): Creighton, Detroit, Iona, Morehead State, Northeastern, Sam Houston State, San Antonio, Wright State