Mid-Major Top 25, Feb. 28: Butler Finishes Undefeated to Stay in Top Spot

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Ronald Nored #5 of the Butler Bulldogs drives against the UCLA Bruins at the 76 Classic at Anaheim Convention Center on November 27, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  Portland won 61-56. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Rank. Team (Previous Rank)

1. Butler Bulldogs (1)

Record: 26-4, 18-0 Horizon

RPI: 16

Butler finished the season without a loss in the Horizon with a win over Valpo on Friday.

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

Key Losses: Minnesota (Neutral)


2. Northern Iowa Panthers (2)

Record: 25-4, 15-3 MVC

RPI: 23

Northern Iowa ran into a roadblock with a loss at last-place Evansville. The Panthers bounced back with a win over Illinois State to finish the season undefeated at home.

Key Wins: Boston College (Neutral), Siena (Home), Wichita State (Home), Old Dominion (Home)

Key Losses: DePaul (Neutral), Bradley (Road), Evansville (Road)


3. Gonzaga Bulldogs (3)

Record: 24-5, 12-2 WCC

RPI: 29

Gonzaga clinched first place in the WCC with a win over Santa Clara and then survived a close game against San Francisco on Saturday. 

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

Key Losses: Wake Forest (Home), San Francisco (Road), Loyola Marymount (Road)


4. Old Dominion Monarchs (7)

Record: 23-8, 15-3 CAA

RPI: 42

Old Dominion finished the regular season in first place in the CAA with a win over VCU on Saturday.

Key Wins: Georgetown (Road), William & Mary (Road), George Mason (Home), VCU (Home)

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


5. Siena Saints (4)

Record: 23-6, 16-1 MAAC

RPI: 33

Siena blew out Rider on Friday night. The Saints return home to face Marist on Sunday. Point guard Ronald Moore is currently in fourth place for Bob Cousy Award voting.

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

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


6. St. Mary's Gaels (5)

Record: 24-5, 11-3 WCC

RPI: 50

St. Mary's finished the season in second place in the WCC. The Gaels have a solid chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

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

Key Losses: Vanderbilt (Road), Portland (Road)


7. Murray State Racers (6)

Record: 27-4, 17-1 OVC

RPI: 74

Murray State had the nation's longest winning streak snapped by Morehead State. The Racers rebounded with a win over Eastern Kentucky to finish the regular season.

Key Wins: Morehead State (Home), Morgan State (Home)

Key Losses: Louisiana Tech (Road)


8. Cornell Big Red (8)

Record: 25-4, 11-1 Ivy

RPI: 46

Cornell has continued to play well since the loss to Penn. The Big Red have a two-game lead in the Ivy League with two games remaining.

Key Wins: Alabama (Road), Harvard (Home), Princeton (Road), Harvard (Road)

Key Losses: Penn (Road)


9. Utah State Aggies (13)

Record: 23-6, 12-2 WAC

RPI: 36

Utah State is riding a 13-game winning streak. This streak has gotten the Aggies into at-large talk in the event that they lose in the WAC tournament.

Key Wins: Weber State (Road), Morehead State (Home), Nevada (Road), Louisiana Tech (Home), Wichita State (Home)

Key Losses: Long Beach State (Road), New Mexico State (Road)


10. Northeastern Huskies (9)

Record: 19-11, 14-4 CAA

RPI: 76

Northeastern ended a two-game slide with a win at George Mason. The Huskies finish the season in second place in the CAA. 

Key Wins: Utah State (Home), VCU (Home), George Mason (Home), ODU (Home), George Mason (Road)

Key Losses: Boston U (Road), Western Michigan (Neutral), Drexel (Home), Hofstra (Home)


11. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (11)

Record: 23-8, 17-1 Summit

RPI: 65

Oakland finished the regular season on an eight-game winning streak. The Golden Grizzlies will be the No. 1 seed in the Summit tournament.

Key Wins: Green Bay (Home), IUPUI (Home)

Key Losses: Eastern Michigan (Home)


12. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (10)

Record: 20-8, 11-7 CAA

RPI: 62

VCU's three-game winning streak ended with a 73-70 loss at Old Dominion. 

Key Wins: Oklahoma (Road), Richmond (Home), William & Mary (Home), ODU (Home), Akron (Home)

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


13. Sam Houston State Bearkats (16)

Record: 21-6, 13-1 Southland

RPI: 77

Sam Houston State rebounded from its first conference loss to Texas-San Antonio with wins over McNeese State and Texas-Arlington. The Bearkats clinched first place in the Southland this week.

Key Wins: Rider (Neutral), Auburn (Road)

Key Losses: Cleveland State (Road), Western Michigan (Road), Texas-SA (Road)


14. Portland Pilots (17)

Record: 19-9, 10-4 WCC

RPI: 84

Portland finished the season in third place in the WCC. The Pilots could be dangerous in the conference tournament, winning five of their last six with the loss coming in overtime.

Key Wins: Minnesota (Neutral), UCLA (Neutral), St. Mary's (Home)

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


15. Harvard Crimson (18)

Record: 20-6, 9-3 Ivy

RPI: 99

Harvard is in second place in the Ivy League. The Crimson finish the season with two road games against Penn and Princeton. The Crimson are riding a three-game winning streak.

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

Key Losses: Army (Road), Princeton (Home)


16. Wichita State Shockers (14)

Record: 23-8, 12-6 MVC

RPI: 53

Wichita State stopped a two-game slide with a 76-55 win over Southern Illinois in the final game of the regular season. 

Key Wins: Texas Tech (Home), Illinois State (Home), Northern Iowa (Home)

Key Losses: Creighton (Road), Drake (Road), Evansville (Road)


17. Iona Gaels (12)

Record: 20-9, 11-6 MAAC

RPI: 89

Iona dropped into third place in the MAAC with a loss at Fairfield on Friday.

Key Wins: Creighton (Neutral), Providence (Road), Fairfield (Home), William & Mary (Home)

Key Losses: Canisius (Road), Manhattan (Home), Fairfield (Road)


18. Wofford Terriers (25)

Record: 23-8, 15-3 SoCon

RPI: 82

Wofford finished the season in first place in the SoCon with a 15-3 record. 

Key Wins: Georgia (Road), South Carolina (Home), Charleston (Home)

Key Losses: Bradley (Road), Appalachian State (Home)


19. Kent State Golden Flashes (24)

Record: 22-8, 12-3 MAC

RPI: 49

Kent State is still in a tie for first place in the MAC with Akron. The Golden Flashes and the Zips meet in the final game of the season this coming week for first place in the MAC.

Key Wins: UAB (Home), Morehead State (Road), Wofford (Neutral), Akron (Home)

Key Losses: Green Bay (Home), Bowling Green (Home), Buffalo (Road)


20. Morehead State Eagles (Not Ranked)

Record: 21-9, 15-3 OVC

RPI: 83

Morehead State pulled off the upset against Murray State this week, handing it the first OVC loss of the season. The Eagles finished in second place in the OVC.

Key Wins: Eastern Kentucky (Road), Murray State (Home)

Key Losses: Louisiana Monroe (Home), Weber State (Neutral)


21. William & Mary Tribe (15)

Record: 20-9, 12-6 CAA

RPI: 57

Key Wins: Richmond (Home), Wake Forest (Road), VCU (Home), Maryland (Road), Northeastern (Home), George Mason (Road)

Key Losses: Iona (Road), Towson (Home)


22. Morgan State Bears (20)

Record: 22-9, 13-1 MEAC

RPI: 112

Morgan State survived in double overtime against Norfolk State on Saturday. 

Key Wins: Arkansas (Road)

Key Losses: Appalachian State (Road), Loyola Maryland (Road), South Carolina State (Home)


23. Northern Colorado Bears (23)

Record: 24-6, 12-4 Big Sky

RPI: 113

Northern Colorado finished the season on a four-game winning streak. The Bears will be the No. 2 seed in the Big Sky tournament. 

Key Wins: Montana (Road), Weber State (Home)

Key Losses: Portland State (Road)


24. Charleston Cougars (22)

Record: 20-10, 14-4 SoCon

RPI: 101

Charleston dropped into second place in the SoCon after losing at Wofford.

Key Wins: UNC (Home), Wofford (Home), George Mason (Road)

Key Losses: East Tennessee State (Road), Hawaii (Road), Citadel (Home)


25. Illinois State Redbirds (Not Ranked)

Record: 21-9, 11-7 MVC

RPI: 78

Illinois State's six-game winning streak ended with a 61-55 loss at Northern Iowa. The Redbirds' winning streak brought them to a third place finish in the MVC.

Key Wins: Wichita State (Home), Missouri State (Home), Morehead State (Home)

Key Losses: Ohio (Road), Drake (Road)


Teams By Conference

CAA: 4

MVC: 3

WCC: 3

Ivy: 2


OVC: 2

SoCon: 2

Big Sky: 1

Horizon: 1

MAC: 1


Southland: 1

Summit: 1

WAC: 1


Added (Alphabetical): Illinois State, Morehead State

Dropped: George Mason, Louisiana Tech

Considered: Akron, Fairfield, George Mason, IUPUI, Louisiana Tech, Montana, New Mexico State, North Texas, Princeton, Stony Brook, Weber State


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