Mid-Major Top 25 for February 28: Mid-Major Bubbles Start to Burst

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2011

Rank. Team (Previous Rank)

1. George Mason Patriots (1)

Record: 25-5, 16-2 CAA

RPI: 24

George Mason kept the nation's longest winning streak alive with a win at Georgia State this weekend. The Patriots will be the No. 1 seed in the CAA tournament.

Good Wins: Harvard (Home), Drexel (Home), James Madison (Road), Old Dominion (Home), VCU (Road), Northern Iowa (Road)

Bad Losses: NC State (Neutral), Wofford (Neutral)

2. Utah State Aggies (2)

Record: 26-3, 13-1 WAC

RPI: 20

Utah State has won four straight games. The Aggies finish out the season with road games against New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech.

Good Wins: Long Beach State (Home), St. Mary's (Road)

Bad Losses: Idaho (Road)

3. Old Dominion Monarchs (3)

Record: 24-6, 14-4 CAA

RPI: 27

Old Dominion finished off the regular season red-hot. The Monarchs won their final six games to take home second place in the CAA.

Good Wins: Clemson (Neutral), Xavier (Neutral), Richmond (Home), George Mason (Home), VCU (Road), Cleveland State (Home), James Madison (Road)

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

4. Missouri State Bears (6)

Record: 23-7, 15-3 MVC

RPI: 43

Missouri State defeated Wichita State in a thriller to win the Missouri Valley regular season title. The Bears will be the No. 1 seed in the MVC tournament, looking for their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1999.

Good Wins: Northern Iowa (Road), Wichita State (Road), Wichita State (Home)

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

5. Gonzaga Bulldogs (11)

Record: 21-9, 11-3 WCC

RPI: 63

Gonzaga has been playing great basketball, winning six straight games. The Bulldogs picked up a big overtime win over St. Mary's last week. They will finish the regular season with a non-conference game against Cal State Bakersfield on Monday.

Good Wins: Marquette (Neutral), Baylor (Neutral), Xavier (Home), St. Mary's (Road)

Bad Losses: Washington State (Road), Santa Clara (Road)

6. St. Mary's Gaels (4)

Record: 21-7, 11-3 WCC

RPI: 49

St. Mary's will be the No. 1 seed in the WCC tournament. The Gaels ended a three-game slide with a win over Portland on Saturday.

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

Bad Losses: Portland (Road), San Diego (Road)

7. Wichita State Shockers (5)

Record: 23-7, 14-4 MVC

RPI: 55

Wichita State got swept by Missouri State, losing to the Bears for the second time in a game for the conference championship on Saturday. The Shockers stand as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MVC tournament.

Good Wins: Virginia (Neutral), Tulsa (Neutral), Northern Iowa (Road)

Bad Losses: Northern Iowa (Home), Southern Illinois (Home), VCU (Home)

8. Belmont Bruins (12)

Record: 27-4, 19-1 A-Sun

RPI: 57

Belmont finished off the regular season with an exclamation point win, defeating Kennesaw State 88-41. The Bruins and Owls will meet for a third time in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun tournament.

Good Wins: Lipscomb (Home), East Tennessee State (Road, Home)

Bad Losses: Lipscomb (Road)

9. Charleston Cougars (7)

Record: 22-9, 14-4 SoCon

RPI: 77

Charleston's winning streak ended with a pair of losses to Appalachian State and Western Carolina. Thanks to a season sweep of Wofford, which also went 14-4 in the SoCon, the Cougars will still be the No. 1 seed from the South in the SoCon tournament. 

Good Wins: Coastal Carolina (Home), East Tennessee State (Home), Tennessee (Road), Wofford (Road), Vermont (Home)

Bad Losses: Morehead State (Road), Chattanooga (Road), Appalachian State (Road)

10. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (8)

Record: 21-10, 12-6 CAA

RPI: 66

Virginia Commonwealth looked like an at-large team a few weeks ago, but the Rams have faltered. In the final two weeks of the regular season, the Rams went 1-4 in five games. 

Good Wins: UCLA (Neutral), Drexel (Home), ODU (Road), James Madison (Road), Wichita State (Road)

Bad Losses: South Florida (Road), Georgia State (Road), Northeastern (Road), James Madison (Home)

11. Princeton Tigers (13)

Record: 22-5, 10-1 Ivy

RPI: 53

Princeton moved back into first place in the Ivy League this weekend. The Tigers finish off the season with three road games, including a game at second-place Harvard.

Good Wins: Rutgers (Home), Bucknell (Neutral), Tulsa (Road), Harvard (Home)

Bad Losses: Presbyterian (Neutral), Brown (Road)

12. Cleveland State Vikings (9)

Record: 24-7, 13-5 Horizon

RPI: 40

Cleveland State finished the season in a three-game tie for first place, but all the tiebreakers went against the Vikings. After all the tiebreakers they will be the No. 3 seed in the Horizon League tournament, where they play Illinois-Chicago in the first round.

Good Wins: Iona (Home), Kent State (Home), Milwaukee (Road), Valparaiso (Home)

Bad Losses: Butler (Home), Detroit (Road), Milwaukee (Home)

13. Butler Bulldogs (17)

Record: 21-9, 13-5 Horizon

RPI: 48

In the Horizon League tiebreaker, Butler gets second place. With that, the Bulldogs get a bye to the semifinals.

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

Bad Losses: Evansville (Road), Milwaukee (Road, Home), Youngstown State (Road)

14. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (15)

Record: 22-9, 17-1 Summit

RPI: 65

Oakland's dominance in the Summit League continued through the final day of the regular season. The Golden Grizzlies will meet with Southern Utah for the third time this season in the Summit League quarterfinals on Saturday.

Good Wins: Tennessee (Road), IUPUI (Home)

Bad Losses: Valparaiso (Home), IUPUI (Road)

15. Fairfield Stags (19)

Record: 23-6, 15-3 MAAC

RPI: 89

Fairfield's five-game winning streak ended with a 74-69 loss at Iona on Sunday. The Stags will still be the No. 1 seed in the MAAC tournament.

Good Wins: Vermont (Home), Rider (Road), Iona (Home)

Bad Losses: St. Joseph's (Home), Loyola (Road), Rider (Home)

16. Harvard Crimson (16)

Record: 21-5, 10-2 Ivy

RPI: 47

Harvard dropped into second place in the Ivy League with a loss at Yale. The Crimson's hopes for an Ivy League title are not lost. If the Crimson win out, they will guarantee a one-game playoff for the Ivy League championship.

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

Bad Losses: Yale (Road)

17. Drexel Dragons (Not Ranked)

Record: 20-9, 11-7 CAA

RPI: 63

Drexel won its final three games of the season and sent Towson home without a win in the CAA on the final day of the regular season. The fifth-place Dragons will play Towson again on Friday in the first round of the CAA tournament.

Good Wins: Louisville (Road), Old Dominion (Home), Hofstra (Road), Kent State (Home), VCU (Road)

Bad Losses: Hofstra (Home), William & Mary (Road), James Madison (Home), UNC-Wilmington (Road)

18. James Madison Dukes (20)

Record: 21-10, 10-8 CAA

RPI: 73

James Madison finished in sixth place in a very competitive CAA conference with a win at Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday. The Dukes will play William & Mary in the first round of the CAA tournament.

Good Wins: Princeton (Home), Kent State (Road), Drexel (Home, Road), VCU (Road)

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

19. Valparaiso Crusaders (14)

Record: 21-10, 12-6 Horizon

RPI: 74

Valparaiso was a contender for the Horizon League championship a few weeks ago, but the Crusaders lost three of their last four league games and dropped to fourth place. They will host Youngstown State on Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

Good Wins: Oakland (Road), Cleveland State (Home), Butler (Home), Missouri State (Home)

Bad Losses: Ohio (Road), Toledo (Road), Green Bay (Home, Road), Loyola (Home)

20. Kent State Golden Flashes (24)

Record: 19-10, 10-4 MAC

RPI: 95

Kent State is tied with Miami (OH) going into the final week of the regular season. The Golden Flashes control their own destiny for a No. 1 seed in the MAC tournament. If they win each of their last two games, they will get that accomplishment.

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

Bad Losses: Buffalo (Road), Ohio (Home)

21. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10)

Record: 26-4, 16-2 Big South

RPI: 102

Despite some late-season struggles for Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers will still be the No. 1 seed in the Big South tournament. They host Gardner-Webb on Tuesday.

Good Wins: LSU (Road), Liberty (Road, Home) 

Bad Losses: Gardner-Webb (Home), UNC-Asheville (Home)

22. Vermont Catamounts (21)

Record: 22-7, 13-3 A-East

RPI: 86

Vermont lost its final two games of the regular season to Charleston and Boston U. Despite the loss to second-place Boston U, the Catamounts still won the regular season championship in the America East Conference.

Good Wins: Iona (Road)

Bad Losses: Maine (Home), Boston U (Home)

23. Milwaukee Panthers (Not Ranked)

Record: 18-12, 13-5 Horizon

RPI: 101

Milwaukee came practically out of nowhere to win the regular season Horizon League championship. The Panthers won their final nine Horizon League games and win the tiebreaker for first place over Butler and Cleveland State.

Good Wins: Northern Iowa (Home), Butler (Home, Road), Valparaiso (Home), Cleveland State (Road)

Bad Losses: Western Michigan (Home), DePaul (Road), Green Bay (Road), Loyola (Home)

24. Hofstra Pride (Not Ranked)

Record: 20-10, 14-4 CAA

RPI: 83

Hofstra won its final six CAA games to finish in a tie for second place in the conference. The Pride lost the season series with Old Dominion, so it will be the No. 3 seed in the CAA tournament. 

Good Wins: Rider (Road), Drexel (Road), George Mason (Home)

Bad Losses: Western Kentucky (Neutral), Drexel (Home)

25. Iona Gaels (Not Ranked)

Record: 20-10, 13-5 MAAC

RPI: 78

Iona defeated Fairfield on Sunday to snag the No. 2 seed in the MAAC tournament. The Gaels receive a bye to the quarterfinals.

Good Wins: Richmond (Home), Long Island (Road), Hofstra (Home), Rider (Road), Liberty (Road), Fairfield (Road)

Bad Losses: Bryant (Neutral), Siena (Road), Canisius (Road), Loyola (Road)

Added: Drexel, Milwaukee, Hofstra, Iona

Dropped: Northern Iowa, Montana, Portland, Wright State

Considered: Long Island, Bucknell, Murray State, Portland, Rider, East Tennessee State, Florida Atlantic, Wofford 

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