Week 13 Mid Major 15

Posted: February 1, 2017 in NCAA

The Mid Major 15 is a ranking of the top 15 mid-major teams in the country. Conferences excluded from these rankings are the power-7: ACC, American, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12 and SEC. The teams that appear on this list are likely good names to know when searching for Cinderella come March. Although, Gonzaga will likely be a top seed in March.

All of the teams on this list happen to be very good teams and I am beginning to expect that this tournament could be much crazier than past years. Anyways, Gonzaga holds on to the top spot with Saint Mary’s retaking the #2 spot from Wichita State. Middle Tennessee and Illinois State flip flop the 4 and 5 spots, Belmont (12), New Mexico State (17)  and Vermont (10) all continued their winning streaks and have now won a combined 39 games in a row. Those teams are ranked 6, 7 and 8. New entrants to the top 15 are Nevada, Valparaiso and Bucknell.

Rank Team Conf POWER Wins Proj. Record Proj. Conf Record Prev Movement
1 Gonzaga WCC 95.0% 22 29 – 1 17 – 1 1
2 Saint Mary’s WCC 82.3% 19 25 – 4 15 – 3 3 +1
3 Wichita St. MVC 82.0% 18 24 – 6 15 – 3 2 -1
4 Middle Tennessee CUSA 78.9% 18 25 – 5 16 – 2 5 +1
5 Illinois St. MVC 77.9% 17 23 – 6 16 – 2 4 -1
6 Belmont OVC 77.5% 16 21 – 5 15 – 1 14 +8
7 New Mexico St. WAC 76.9% 18 24 – 3 13 – 1 10 +3
8 Vermont AE 76.5% 17 24 – 6 15 – 1 11 +2
9 Dayton A10 76.1% 15 21 – 8 13 – 5 7 -2
10 VCU A10 74.7% 16 23 – 8 13 – 5 9 +1
11 Princeton Ivy 72.5% 9 17 – 9 11 – 3 13 +2
12 Nevada MWC 71.4% 18 24 – 7 13 – 5 NR
13 Valparaiso Horz 71.2% 17 23 – 7 14 – 4 NR
14 UNC Wilmington CAA 71.2% 18 24 – 6 14 – 4 6 -8
15 Bucknell Pat 71.1% 17 23 – 8 15 – 3 NR

Dropped Out: Louisiana Tech (8). BYU (12), Rhode Island (15)

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