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The 25 preseason best mid-majors in college basketball

...according to us

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In less than two weeks, we will have regular season college basketball.

I’ll give you a second to enjoy the beauty of that statement.

Done? Good. With the start of the season comes endless rankings, predictions, preseason all-whatever teams, and more. The AP Poll and Coaches Poll have been released. KenPom has been updated. Now, it’s time to reveal our first mid-major Top 25 poll of the season, as decided by our writers and editors.

Before we get to the poll, a couple quick notes on the process:

  • We plan on doing this every week, beginning two weeks from today (Nov. 14).
  • The poll was voted on by six of our staff members, so it’s not just one of us who hates your alma mater.
  • For the purposes of our site, a mid-major is a team in any conference other than the Power 5, Big East, and American Athletic Conference. That is subject to change, but for now, it is what it is.
  • Unless you are a Gonzaga fan, there is a 100 percent chance you believe we have underrated your team. Guess what? We might have! If that’s the case, your team will prove it on the court. The results will speak for themselves.

Now, without further ado...

Mid-Major Madness Preseason Top 25

First-place votes in parentheses

  1. Gonzaga (3)
  2. St. Mary’s (2)
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Dayton (1)
  5. Wichita State
  6. VCU
  7. San Diego State
  8. Valparaiso
  9. Princeton
  10. BYU
  11. Davidson
  12. Monmouth
  13. UT-Arlington
  14. Harvard
  15. New Mexico
  16. Northern Iowa
  17. UNC-Wilmington
  18. Illinois State
  19. George Washington
  20. St. Bonaventure
  21. Belmont
  22. Akron
  23. Chattanooga
  24. Richmond
  25. Nevada

Others receiving votes (in order): College of Charleston, Middle Tennessee, Ohio, Long Beach State, Siena, UAB, William & Mary, Florida Gulf Coast, Fort Wayne, Iona, Yale, Eastern Michigan, Oakland, North Florida, Vermont, Winthrop, Georgia State, Texas Southern, Little Rock