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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Loyola Chicago vaults into the top 10

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And we welcome four new teams to the rankings.

NCAA Basketball: Loyola-Chicago at Wichita State Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

As a general rule, if you’re 10-1 with a win at Florida, you can expect some love in our power rankings.

So that’s why Loyola Chicago jumped all the way from No. 20 to No. 9, and to be honest, the Ramblers have a case to be even higher.

Up top, Gonzaga holds down the top spot despite a loss to Villanova (who can blame the Bulldogs for that?). Things may have turned out differently, however, if Nevada was able to finish off two winnable games against TCU and Texas Tech.

Elsewhere, five new teams entered the rankings this week, led by Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks had been on our radar for a while now, but voters were waiting for a quality win before finally ranking them. That happened last Wednesday when they won at Louisiana Tech.

Here are the full power rankings for the week:

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Week 16

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (9) 28-4 1 225
2 Saint Mary's 28-4 5 213
3 Nevada 26-6 3 200
4 St. Bonaventure 24-6 6 195
5 Rhode Island 23-6 2 188
6 Middle Tennessee 24-6 4 179
7 Loyola Chicago 28-5 12 167
8 Vermont 26-6 8 162
9 New Mexico State 25-5 9 154
10 South Dakota State 26-6 11 131
10 Murray State 26-5 14 131
12 Boise State 23-7 10 122
13 Old Dominion 24-6 13 106
14 Western Kentucky 22-9 7 86
15 Davidson 18-11 19 73
15 San Diego State 19-10 24 73
17 Bucknell 24-9 21 70
18 Louisiana 26-5 15 68
19 UNC Greensboro 26-7 20 62
20 Charleston 24-7 18 55
21 East Tennessee State 25-8 17 48
22 South Dakota 25-7 22 40
23 Montana 23-7 23 35
24 BYU 23-9 24 32
25 Belmont 24-9 16 25

Also receiving votes: Ball State 29, Missouri State 24, Northern Kentucky 16, Western Kentucky 14, South Dakota 12, Murray State 10, Louisiana Tech 9, Penn 8, Louisiana 4, Iona 2, UC Santa Barbara 1.