Mid-Major Top 25, December 13: Cleveland State Remains Only Undefeated Mid-Major

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2010

Rank. Team (Previous Rank)

1. Cleveland State Vikings (1)

Record: 12-0, 2-0 Horizon

RPI: 17

Cleveland State moved to 12-0 with wins over West Virginia Tech and Sam Houston State. The Vikings face their biggest test of the season to this point in a game against West Virginia on Saturday.

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

Key Losses: None

2. Old Dominion Monarchs (2)

Record: 8-2, 0-1 CAA

RPI: 13

Old Dominion picked up its third straight win in a victory over Dayton. The Monarchs are off until a game against Presbyterian on December 23. 

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

Key Losses: Delaware (Road)

3. Wichita State Shockers (3)

Record: 6-2

RPI: 46

Wichita State rebounded from a loss to San Diego State with a win over Nicholls State. 

Key Wins: Virginia (Neutral)

Key Losses: None

4. Kent State Golden Flashes (7)

Record: 8-3

RPI: 37

Kent State ended a two-game slide no Sunday with a win over South Florida.

Key Wins: Iona (Neutral), South Florida (Home)

Key Losses: None

5. George Mason Patriots (8)

Record: 8-2, 1-0 CAA

RPI: 96

George Mason started its three-game road trip on a high note with a 30-point win over Liberty. The Patriots have now won six straight games.

Key Wins: Harvard (Home)

Key Losses: Wofford (Neutral)

6. St. Mary's Gaels (6)

Record: 7-2

RPI: 74

St. Mary's ended its two-game slide with a win over Denver.

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

Key Losses: None

7. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (5)

Record: 6-3, 1-0 CAA

RPI: 71

Virginia Commonwealth struggled at Richmond on Saturday. The Rams look to rebound from the loss next Saturday against Tulane.

Key Wins: UCLA (Neutral)

Key Losses: South Florida (Road)

8. Missouri State Bears (12)

Record: 6-3

RPI: 91

Missouri State's four-game losing streak came to and end with a loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday. 

Key Wins: Pacific (Home)

Key Losses: None

9. Lipscomb Bisons (11)

Record: 6-2, 1-0 A-Sun

RPI: 48

After a mediocre 2-2 start, Lipscomb is now 6-2. The Bisons are No. 9 in the nation in scoring at 83.9 points per game.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

10. Butler Bulldogs (10)

Record: 5-4, 1-0 Horizon

RPI: 60

Butler missed out on a chance to pick up at big win at Xavier, dropping a close game 51-49. The Bulldogs rebounded with an easy win over Mississippi Valley State.

Key Wins: Loyola (Road)

Key Losses: Evansville (Home)

11. Charleston Cougars (14)

Record: 7-3, 2-0 SoCon

RPI: 116

Charleston has won three straight games since losing to UNC. 

Key Wins: Coastal Carolina (Home)

Key Losses: None

12. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (13)

Record: 5-5, 2-0 Summit

RPI: 87

Oakland has come close to upsetting top 25 teams in each of its last two games. The Golden Grizzlies lost to No. 7 Michigan State by only one point. The Golden Grizzlies will get another chance to upset a top 25 team in a game against Tennessee on Tuesday.

Key Wins: Ohio (Road)

Key Losses: Wright State (Road)

13. North Texas Mean Green (9)

Record: 8-2

RPI: 113

North Texas rebounded from a loss to Sam Houston State with a 68-49 victory of Jackson State. 

Key Wins: Texas Tech (Home)

Key Losses: Sam Houston State (Road)

14. Utah State Aggies (17)

Record: 7-2

RPI: 31

Utah State was no match for Georgetown, but the Aggies were able to beat Long Beach State and Cal State Bakersfield with ease. 

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

15. Gonzaga Bulldogs (4)

Record: 4-5

RPI: 112

Gonzaga has really struggled against top tier teams, but the Bulldogs have done a very good job against lower caliber teams. The Bulldogs will get a chance for their first win against a top 25 team in a game against Baylor on Saturday.

Key Wins: Marquette (Neutral)

Key Losses: Washington State (Road)

16. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (18)

Record: 7-2, 1-0 Big South

RPI: 118

Coastal Carolina is in the midst of a five-game winning streak. The Chanticleers look to continue the streak on Monday at LSU.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

17. Portland Pilots (20)

Record: 8-3

RPI: 54

Portland has won four of its last five games. The Pilots will end their four-game road trip on Saturday at Portland State.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

18. Iona Gaels (22)

Record: 7-3, 2-0 MAAC

RPI: 92

Iona's five-game winning streak will be on the line on Saturday when the Gaels play at Syracuse.

Key Wins: Richmond (Home)

Key Losses: Bryant (Neutral)

19. Vermont Catamounts (Not Ranked)

Record: 7-2

RPI: 30

Vermont's five-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to BYU. The Catamounts rebounded with a win over Marist.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

20. Northern Iowa Panthers (16)

Record: 5-3

RPI: 52

Northern Iowa has won four of its last five games. The Panthers look to stay hot at South Carolina State on Friday.

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

Key Losses: Milwaukee (Road), Iowa (Road)

21. Murray State Racers (15)

Record: 5-4, 1-1 OVC

RPI: 58

Murray State is 2-3 in its last five games. The Racers were able to win two games during a three-game road trip.

Key Wins: Stanford (Neutral)

Key Losses: Morehead State (Road)

22. Harvard Crimson (Not Ranked)

Record: 7-2

RPI: 95

Harvard has won seven of its last eight games, with the only loss coming by three points at Michigan. The Crimson look to upset Connecticut next Wednesday.

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: None

23. Drexel Dragons (Not Ranked)

Record: 6-1, 1-0 CAA

RPI: 55

Drexel extended its win streak to four games with an overtime win over Rider. The Dragons start a three-game road trip on Tuesday against Louisville.

Key Wins: Rider (Home)

Key Losses: None

24. Loyola (IL) Ramblers (21)

Record: 8-3, 0-2 Horizon

RPI: 195

After a 7-0 start, Loyola (IL) has lost three of its last four games. The Ramblers now face a four-game road trip that stretches into early January. 

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: Valparaiso (Home)

25. Princeton Tigers (Not Ranked)

Record: 7-3

RPI: 63

Princeton fought off Tulsa in double overtime for a 82-78 win. The Tigers have won their last five games.

Key Wins: Rutgers (Home)

Key Losses: Presbyterian (Neutral)

Added: Drexel, Harvard, Princeton, Vermont

Dropped: Louisiana Tech, Pacific, South Dakota State, Ohio

Considered: Belmont, Delaware, Jacksonville, Louisiana Tech, Morehead State, North Dakota State


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