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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Dayton and BYU drop, UNC Wilmington on the rise

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Akron and Fort Wayne enter as well

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Exam week is traditionally a quiet one in the college basketball world, but our power rankings did see some movement this week.

Gonzaga is still your unanimous No. 1 team, but below them, Saint Mary’s and Wichita State flipped spots. Below the Shockers, Dayton and BYU dropped a bit, and Middle Tennessee moved up despite losing to VCU. In addition, Akron and Fort Wayne join the rankings, while New Mexico State is getting dangerously close.

Most teams will get one or two more games in before Christmas, so it’s possible we’ll see some movement in the coming week.

One team to watch: Oakland. The Grizzlies have beaten nobody of note, but face three quality teams this week in Northeastern, Michigan State, and Georgia. A win over the Huskies and quality showings against the Spartans and Bulldogs could cause them to jump.

So here’s where we stand heading into the holiday week. Read, complain, and get your shopping done. It’s the American way.

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (8) 11-0 1 200
2 Saint Mary's 8-1 3 186
3 Wichita State 9-3 2 173
4 Valparaiso 9-2 5 163
5 UNC Wilmington 10-1 6 152
6 UT Arlington 9-3 11 147
7 Dayton 7-3 4 135
8 VCU 8-3 8 134
9 Middle Tennessee 10-2 12 116
9 Monmouth 9-2 13 116
11 Nevada 9-2 7 111
12 Rhode Island 7-4 9 98
13 BYU 7-4 9 95
14 Chattanooga 8-3 14 79
15 St. Bonaventure 7-3 15 72
16 College of Charleston 8-3 18 60
17 Davidson 5-4 20 57
18 East Tennessee State 9-2 23 55
19 Fort Wayne 9-3 NR 49
20 Oakland 9-1 20 44
21 Ohio 7-2 19 36
22 Illinois State 6-3 22 35
23 Florida Gulf Coast 7-5 17 29
24 Akron 8-3 NR 25
25 San Diego State 5-4 20 24
Others Receiving Votes: New Mexico State 20; Tennessee State 18; George Washington 16; Portland 15; Arkansas State 15; Loyola Chicago 14; Colorado State 14; Belmont 12; Louisiana Lafayette 9; Iona 9; Boise State 9; Old Dominion 8; Fresno State 8; Little Rock 7; UC Irvine 7; George Mason 7; Yale 6; Brown 4; Vermont 3; Bakersfield 2; UAB 2; Rider 2; Northern Kentucky 1; Grand Canyon 1.

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