Mid-Major Top 25 for Feb. 14: Top Schools Prepare for BracketBuster Weekend

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2011

1. St. Mary's Gaels (1)

Record: 22-4, 10-1 WCC

RPI: 31

St. Mary's moved to 10-1 in conference play with a win at second-place San Francisco on Saturday. The Gaels play at ninth-place San Diego on Wednesday and then host Utah State on Saturday.

Key Wins: St. John's (Home), Long Beach State (Neutral), Gonzaga (Road) 

Key Losses: Portland (Road)


2. Wichita State Shockers (3)

Record: 12-3, 21-5 MVC

RPI: 52

Wichita State rebounded from a shocking loss to Southern Illinois with an 18-point win at Northern Iowa. The Shockers host Virginia Commonwealth in their BracketBuster on Friday night. 

Key Wins: Tulsa (Home), Creighton (Road), Northern Iowa (Road) 

Key Losses: Southern Illinois (Home)


3. George Mason Patriots (13)

Record: 21-5, 13-2 CAA

RPI: 23

George Mason extended its winning streak with a win on Saturday over James Madison. With that win, the Patriots moved into first place in the CAA. They can clinch at least share of the regular season CAA title with a win at Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday. 

Key Wins: Harvard (Home), Florida Atlantic (Home), Duquesne (Road), James Madison (Road), Old Dominion (Home)

Key Losses: Wofford (Neutral)


4. Missouri State Bears (2)

Record: 20-6, 12-3 MVC

RPI: 47

Missouri State moved back into first place in the MVC with a win at Illinois State on Saturday. 

Key Wins: Northern Iowa (Road), Creighton (Road), Wichita State (Road)

Key Losses: Indiana State (Road), Evansville (Road)


5. Utah State Aggies (4)

Record: 23-3, 12-1 WAC

RPI: 26

Utah State's winning streak ended with a loss at Idaho, but the Aggies rebounded with a win over Fresno State over the weekend. The Aggies have a BracketBuster date at St. Mary's on Saturday. 

Key Wins: Long Beach State (Home)

Key Losses: Idaho (Road) 


6. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (7)

Record: 24-2, 15-0 Big South

RPI: 56

Coastal Carolina has won 22 consecutive games and holds the nation's longest win streak. The Chanticleers' magic number for a Big South regular season championship is down to one.

Key Wins: LSU (Road), Liberty (Road)

Key Losses: None


7. Old Dominion Monarchs (5)

Record: 20-6, 11-4 CAA

RPI: 28

Old Dominion stands in third place in the CAA. The Monarchs narrowed the gap between them and first place with a win at VCU on Saturday. 

Key Wins: Clemson (Neutral), Xavier (Neutral), Richmond (Home), George Mason (Home), Hofstra (Road), VCU (Road) 

Key Losses: Delaware (Road), Drexel (Road)


8. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (6)

Record: 20-7, 12-3 CAA 

RPI: 60

Virginia Commonwealth has lost two of its last four and has fallen out of first place and into second place. The Rams can retake first place with a win over George Mason on Tuesday.

Key Wins: UCLA (Neutral), Old Dominion (Road), James Madison (Road)

Key Losses: South Florida (Road), Georgia State (Road), Northeastern (Road)


9. Charleston Cougars (11)

Record: 19-7, 12-2 SoCon

RPI: 77

Charleston holds a 1.5-game lead over Wofford and Furman in the SoCon. The Cougars' magic number for a SoCon championship is currently two.

Key Wins: Coastal Carolina (Home), East Tennessee State (Home), Tennessee (Road), Furman (Road)

Key Losses: Morehead State (Road), Chattanooga (Road), Davidson (Road)


10. Cleveland State Vikings (9)

Record: 22-5, 11-4 Horizon

RPI: 38

Cleveland State ended a two-game slide with a win over Youngstown State. Viking guard Norris Cole made national headlines with 41 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists against the Penguins.

Key Wins: Iona (Home), Valparaiso (Home)

Key Losses: Butler (Home), Detroit (Road)


11. Princeton Tigers (16)

Record: 19-4, 7-0 Ivy

RPI: 53

Princeton joins Coastal Carolina as the only mid-majors left undefeated in conference play. The Tigers control their own destiny for an Ivy League championship. They play a pair of road games this weekend.

Key Wins: Rutgers (Home), Bucknell (Neutral), Harvard (Home) 

Key Losses: Presbyterian (Neutral)


12. Belmont Bruins (15)

Record: 23-4, 15-1 A-Sun

RPI: 57

Belmont swept a three-game road trip to gain a 1.5-game lead over East Tennessee State. The Bruins can clinch first place in the Atlantic Sun with a win over East Tennessee State on Thursday.

Key Wins: East Tennessee State (Road), Jacksonville (Road)

Key Losses: Lipscomb (Road)


13. Northern Iowa Panthers (24)

Record: 18-9, 9-6 MVC

RPI: 79

Northern Iowa has hit another road bump. The Panthers have lost their last three games and desperately need a win at Bradley on Tuesday.

Key Wins: Iowa State (Home), New Mexico (Neutral), Wichita State (Road), Missouri State (Road)

Key Losses: Texas Christian (Road), Drake (Road), Evansville (Road)


14. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (14)

Record: 18-9, 13-1 Summit

RPI: 74

Oakland rebounded from its first conference loss of the season with a win over IPFW. The Golden Grizzlies' magic number for a regular season Summit League title is two. 

Key Wins: Tennessee (Road)

Key Losses: Michigan (Road), Valparaiso (Home), IUPUI (Road)


15. Gonzaga Bulldogs (8)

Record: 17-9, 7-3 WCC

RPI: 67

Gonzaga is starting to play better basketball. The Bulldogs are now in third place in the WCC. 

Key Wins: Marquette (Neutral), Baylor (Neutral), Xavier (Home), Oklahoma State (Home), Portland (Road) 

Key Losses: Washington State (Road), Santa Clara (Road), San Francisco (Road)


16. Harvard Crimson (17)

Record: 18-4, 7-1 Ivy

RPI: 46

Harvard is half a game behind Princeton in the Ivy League. The Crimson have won three straight games since losing at Princeton. They will play their next four games on the road before returning home for the final two games of the season.

Key Wins: Colorado (Home), Boston College (Road)

Key Losses: Michigan (Road)


17. Valparaiso Crusaders (18)

Record: 19-7, 11-3 Horizon

RPI: 51

Valparaiso has won three straight games and is in first place in the Horizon League. The Crusaders have a BracketBuster game against Missouri State on Saturday.

Key Wins:

Key Losses:


18. Butler Bulldogs (12)

Record: 18-9, 10-5 Horizon

RPI: 45

Butler has won four straight games and is tied for third place in the Horizon League. 

Key Wins: Florida State (Neutral), Washington State (Neutral), Valparaiso (Home), Cleveland State (Home), Cleveland State (Road)

Key Losses: Milwaukee (Road), Milwaukee (Home), Youngstown State (Road)


19. Montana Grizzlies (22)

Record: 18-7, 10-3 Big Sky

RPI: 106

Montana moved into first place in the Big Sky with a win over Northern Colorado on Saturday. The Grizzlies host Idaho State on Wednesday and then finish off the regular season with three road games.

Key Wins: UCLA (Road)

Key Losses: Nevada (Road), Northern Arizona (Road)


20. Fairfield Stags (23)

Record: 20-5, 13-2 MAAC

RPI: 110

Fairfield cut its magic number for a MAAC championship to one with a win at St. Peter's on Sunday. The Stags can clinch a regular season MAAC title with a win over ninth-place Marist on Wednesday.

Key Wins: Vermont (Home)

Key Losses: St. Joe's (Home), Loyola (Road)


21. Portland Pilots (21)

Record: 18-8, 5-5 WCC

RPI: 83

Portland has lost two of its last three WCC games. This weekend, the Pilots were eliminated from the race for the WCC regular season championship.

Key Wins: Florida Atlantic (Home), Montana (Road), St. Mary's (Home)

Key Losses: Washington State (Neutral), Santa Clara (Road), Pepperdine (Road)


22. Kent State Golden Flashes (Not Ranked)

Record: 17-7, 8-2 MAC

RPI: 88

Kent State has started playing to its full potential and is in first place in the MAC. The Golden Flashes continue their road trip at Miami-Ohio on Wednesday.

Key Wins: Iona (Neutral), Furman (Home)

Key Losses: Morehead State (Road), James Madison (Home)


23. Vermont Catamounts (Not Ranked)

Record: 21-5, 12-2 A-East

RPI: 78

Vermont has won nine straight games and has clinched a regular season championship in the America East. 

Key Wins: Iona (Road)

Key Losses: Maine (Home), Fairfield (Road)


24. James Madison Dukes (10)

Record: 18-9, 8-7 CAA

RPI: 81

James Madison has lost three of its last four games to drop to the middle of the pack in the CAA. The Dukes wrap up a three-game road trip at last-place Towson on Tuesday.

Key Wins: Princeton (Home), Bucknell (Home), Kent State (Road), Drexel (Road)

Key Losses: Georgia State (Road), Hofstra (Road), William & Mary (Home)


25. Wright State Raiders (Not Ranked)

Record: 17-11, 10-6 Horizon

RPI: 102

Wright State has lost back-to-back games. The Raiders will finish off the regular season with three straight home games.

Key Wins: Oakland (Home), Butler (Home)

Key Losses: Southern Illinois (Neutral), Detroit (Road), Charlotte (Road), Milwaukee (Road)


Added: Kent State, Vermont, Wright State

Dropped: Hofstra, North Texas, Drexel 


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