Mid-Major Top 25 for December 6: Cleveland State First Team in NCAA with 10 Wins

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2010

Senior guard Norris Cole leads Cleveland State and the Horizon League with 21.2 points per game.
Senior guard Norris Cole leads Cleveland State and the Horizon League with 21.2 points per game.

1. Cleveland State Vikings (5)

Record: 10-0, 2-0 Horizon

RPI: 14

Cleveland State has now won its first 10 games, including a pair of conference road wins to start off the conference season. The Vikings play West Virginia Tech on Tuesday before started a two-game road trip where they will play Sam Houston State and West Virginia.

Key Wins: Iona (Home), Kent State (Home)

Key Losses: None

2. Old Dominion Monarchs (1)

Record: 5-2, 0-1 CAA

RPI: 18

Old Dominion picked up its second loss of the season in the conference opener to Delaware. The Monarchs look to rebound against Eastern Carolina on Tuesday.

Key Wins: Clemson (Neutral), Xavier (Neutral), Richmond (Home)

Key Losses: Delaware (Road)

3. Wichita State Shockers (6)

Record: 5-2

RPI: 61

Wichita State's five-game winning streak was snapped with a loss at San Diego State on Saturday night. 

Key Wins: Virginia (Neutral)

Key Losses: None

4. Gonzaga Bulldogs (4)

Record: 4-3

RPI: 140

Gonzaga lost in the Battle in Seattle against Illinois. The Bulldogs now hit the road to play Washington State and then Notre Dame.

Key Wins: Marquette (Neutral)

Key Losses: None

5. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (2)

Record: 5-2, 1-0 CAA

RPI: 62

After losing a road game to South Florida, Virginia Commonwealth defeated William & Mary in the conference opener. The Rams host VMI on Wednesday.

Key Wins: UCLA (Neutral)

Key Losses: South Florida (Road)

6. St. Mary's Gaels (3)

Record: 6-2

RPI: 34

St. Mary's looks to snap a two-game losing streak on Wednesday against Denver. 

Key Wins: St. John's (Home), Texas Tech (Neutral)

Key Losses: None

7. Kent State Golden Flashes (7)

Record: 7-2

RPI: 35

Kent State's five-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to UAB on Sunday night. The Golden Flashes have a tough game on Thursday at No. 18 Florida.

Key Wins: Iona (Neutral)

Key Losses: None

8. George Mason Patriots (9)

Record: 6-2, 1-0 CAA

RPI: 127

George Mason is riding a four-game winning streak. The Patriots host Loyola (MD) on Wednesday before starting a three-game road trip.

Key Wins: Harvard (Home)

Key Losses: None

9. North Texas Mean Green (11)

Record: 7-1

RPI: 72

North Texas looks to continue its five-game winning streak on Wednesday at Sam Houston State. 

Key Wins: Texas Tech (Home)

Key Losses: None

10. Butler Bulldogs (19)

Record: 4-3, 1-0 Horizon

RPI: 38

Butler showed that it can compete at the top of the Horizon League with a win at Loyola (IL), but the Bulldogs could not follow that win up with a win over No. 1 Duke. The Bulldogs will play another tough game at Xavier on Wednesday.

Key Wins: Loyola (Road)

Key Losses: Evansville (Home)

11. Lipscomb Bisons (13)

Record: 4-2, 1-0 A-Sun

RPI: 105

Lipscomb has won four of its last five. The Bisons opened up play in the Atlantic Sun with a win over Mercer. 

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

12. Missouri State Bears (14)

Record: 6-2

RPI: 79

After a mediocre 2-2 start, Missouri State has won four straight games. The Bears look to continue their winning streak on Saturday at Oklahoma State. 

Key Wins: Pacific (Home)

Key Losses: None

13. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (15)

Record: 5-3, 2-0 Summit

RPI: 99

Oakland has dominated the Summit League through two games. The Golden Grizzlies defeated Southern Utah 81-65 and then followed that up with a 37-point win over UMKC. The Golden Grizzlies start a very tough road trip on Wednesday where they will play five teams from power conferences, including No. 2 Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan State, No. 17 Tennessee and No. 21 Illinois.

Key Wins: Ohio (Road)

Key Losses: Wright State (Road)

14. Charleston Cougars (18)

Record: 6-3, 2-0 SoCon

RPI: 137

Charleston has opened up conference play with two wins. The Cougars have a fairly easy road in the next few games.

Key Wins: Coastal Carolina (Home)

Key Losses: None

15. Murray State Racers (10)

Record: 4-4, 1-1 OVC

RPI: 60

Murray State has now dropped four of its last five games, including a 10-point loss to Morehead State. 

Key Wins: Stanford (Neutral)

Key Losses: Morehead State (Road)

16. Northern Iowa Panthers (Not Ranked)

Record: 4-2

RPI: 29

Northern Iowa is riding a three-game winning streak, which included wins over Iowa State and TCU. The Panthers look to continue this win streak at Iowa on Tuesday.

Key Wins: Iowa State (Home), Texas Christian (Road)

Key Losses: Milwaukee (Road)

17. Utah State Aggies (17)

Record: 5-2

RPI: 27

Utah State's four-game winning streak came to an end with a loss at Georgetown. 

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

18. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Not Ranked)

Record: 7-2, 1-0 Big South

RPI: 122

Coastal Carolina has won its last five games. The Chanticleers play a tough game on December 13 at LSU.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

19. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (22)

Record: 7-2

RPI: 86

Louisiana Tech defeated Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. The Bulldogs will play six of their next seven games on the road.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: Arkansas-Little Rock (Road)

20. Portland Pilots (24)

Record: 7-2

RPI: 57

Portland has won its last three games. The Pilots play at No. 23 Washington on Monday.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

21. Loyola (IL) Ramblers (12)

Record: 7-2, 0-2 Horizon

RPI: 183

After a 7-0 start to the season, Loyola has dropped its first two games in conference play. 

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: Butler (Home), Valparaiso (Home)

22. Iona Gaels (Not Ranked)

Record: 5-3, 2-0 MAAC

RPI: 95

After an 0-3 start, Iona has now won five straight games. The streak started with a double overtime win over Richmond. Iona is led by Michael Glover, who has scored 30 or more points in each of his last two games.

Key Wins: Richmond (Home)

Key Losses: Bryant (Neutral)

23. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (20)

Record: 6-1, 0-1 Summit

RPI: 179

South Dakota State picked up its first loss of the season against North Dakota State. In every game up to the game against the Bison, South Dakota State had won by double digits.

Key Wins: Iowa (Road)

Key Losses: North Dakota State (Home)

24. Pacific Tigers (8)

Record: 4-4

RPI: 177

After a 4-1 start, Pacific has lost three straight games. The Tigers look to end the streak against Stanislaus State on Saturday.

Key Wins: UTEP (Road)

Key Losses: Pepperdine (Home)

25. Ohio Bobcats (16)

Record: 4-3

RPI: 97

Ohio has had some recent struggles, losing two of its last three games. The Bobcats really need a win at Illinois State on Wednesday. 

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: Marshall (Home)

Added: Coastal Carolina, Iona, Northern Iowa

Dropped: Creighton, Long Island, Rider

Considered: Belmont, Drexel, Harvard, James Madison, Morehead State, North Dakota State, Valparaiso, Vermont, Wofford

Teams By Conference

CAA: 3

Horizon: 3

MVC: 3

WCC: 3

MAC: 2

Summit: 2

WAC: 2

A-Sun: 1

Big South 1:

Big West: 1


OVC: 1

SoCon: 1

Sun Belt: 1