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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Saint Mary’s takes the top spot by a single point

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After a turbulent first 10 days, five new teams join the poll

NCAA Basketball: St. Mary's at Dayton Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for our weekly Mid-Major Madness rankings!

In our preseason edition, Gonzaga took the top overall spot, but just barely. This week, it switches to Saint Mary’s — again, just barely — after the Gaels’ big win over Dayton.

Rhode Island and Wichita State trail behind them after both teams impressed to start the season — the Rams beat Cincinnati and gave Duke a game in Connecticut, while the Shockers picked up solid wins over Tulsa and Long Beach State.

This week, we also welcome five newcomers to the poll. Ohio and Yale both enter on the heels of buy game victories, Saint Joseph’s beat three top-200 teams to start the season, and Utah State snuck in after a season-opening win over UC Irvine.

Then there’s Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles start the season at just 1-3, but earn a spot in the poll because all three of those losses were to top-30 KenPom teams, and they came frustratingly close to upsets over Baylor and Michigan State. Yes, eventually FGCU will need to start winning to stay ranked, but for now, we love their potential.

So, without further ado, here’s where we stand for Week 2. Come at us in the comments with all your grumblings:

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Saint Mary’s (5) 3-0 2 196
2 Gonzaga (3) 3-0 1 195
3 Rhode Island 4-1 3 176
4 Wichita State 4-0 5 175
5 VCU 3-0 6 157
6 BYU 3-0 10 146
7 Dayton 2-1 4 138
8 Northern Iowa 3-1 16 134
9 Valparaiso 3-1 8 120
10 Davidson 3-1 11 109
11 San Diego State 2-1 7 106
12 UNC-Wilmington 3-0 17 101
13 New Mexico 3-0 15 78
14 George Washington 3-0 19 63
15 Ohio 3-0 NR 48
16 Yale 2-1 NR 47
17 St. Bonaventure 1-1 20 46
18 Florida Gulf Coast 1-3 NR 38
18 Saint Joseph's 3-1 NR 38
20 Nevada 3-1 25 37
21 Princeton 0-2 9 36
22 UT-Arlington 1-3 13 35
23 Chattanooga 3-2 23 32
24 Monmouth 1-2 12 31
25 Utah State 3-0 NR 27
Others Receiving Votes: Richmond 26; College of Charleston 24; Vermont 21; Harvard 19; Old Dominion 19; Oakland 17; East Tennessee State 15; Arkansas State 14; Belmont 12; Missouri State 12; Illinois State 11; Portland State 10; Stephen F. Austin 10; North Dakota State 8; William & Mary 8; Tennessee State 8; North Dakota 8; South Dakota 7; Pepperdine 6; Winthrop 5; Marshall 5; Grand Canyon 5; Massachusetts 4; Albany 4; Akron 3; Charlotte 3; New Mexico State 3; Texas Southern 2; Wagner 2; South Alabama 2; Idaho 1.