Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE
A disappointing tournament at Atlantis has dropped the Memphis Tigers from the AP rankings. But tournament wins by Creighton and Gonzaga have the two mid-major standards climbing with a few more mid-majors on their heels.
The latest AP poll should not be a shock after the results of the past week. Memphis turned in a dismal performance at Atlantis and has been dropped from the rankings.
Meanwhile Creighton and Gonzaga showed why they are the class of the mid-major teams this season. The two standards by which all contenders should be judged each made significant gains in the AP poll this week.
The Bluejays now sit at No. 11, with 926 points, just 11 behind Kansas. Gonzaga is right behind at No. 12, with 854 points. The Zags improved five spots in the latest poll.
The biggest question could be why Gonzaga didn't just the Bluejays given the dominating performances that they have turned in this season, especially against tougher competition (as measured on KenPom's SOS scale).
The Creighton schedule gets more difficult over the next week, but not to the point where they are gaining very much on what Gonzaga has already faced. The Bulldogs have an even tougher road ahead of them over the next month, even if this week looks light.
Given the upsets we have already seen, it is entirely possible for both of these teams to be in the top 10 after what we can assume will be two wins by each in the coming week.
Mid-majors Wichita State, Memphis, Ohio and Murray State also received votes this week, with the Shockers the closest to earning a spot in the top 25. Wichita State had 99 points in the latest poll, 41 behind undefeated New Mexico.
|18||North Carolina State||4-1||553||16|
|23||San Diego State||4-1||182||25|
|Others Receiving Votes: Alabama 108, Wichita State 99, Connecticut 93, UCLA 85, Pittsburgh 55, Oregon 44, Notre Dame 42, Memphis 23, Butler 20, Wisconsin 16, California 12, Florida State 10, Saint Joseph's 9, Ohio 8, Marquette 7, Murray State 5, Temple 5, Baylor 4, Tennessee 3, Virginia Commonwealth 1, Colorado State 1|