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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Stephen F. Austin keeps climbing

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The Lumberjacks won at LSU this week and are knocking on the door of the top 10.

NCAA Basketball: Stephen F. Austin at Louisiana State Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Two weeks ago, we said Stephen F. Austin had a good record, but we weren’t sold because the Lumberjacks hadn’t beaten anybody. So they went out and won at Louisiana Tech.

We ranked them last week.

Then, we said they were good, but we weren’t top-15 because that was just one win, and Tech isn’t even a top-100 team. So they went and won at LSU.

That’s why SFA, at 10-1, is ranked No. 12 in our latest power rankings as we approach the start of conference season.

With several teams taking losses in the middle of the pack, it also cleared the way for a team like VCU, with a mediocre record and only a win over Bucknell last week, to jump a few spots. In return, Florida Gulf Coast and Vermont continued their slides.

We also welcome two teams into the rankings. Western Kentucky lost by just one at Wisconsin, then beat Indiana State, so the Hilltoppers were rewarded. Then there’s Ball State, who was our first team out last week. The Cardinals didn’t play this week, but benefitted from Albany and South Dakota State losses to sneak in.

Here’s how the rankings look this 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: Louisiana 18, UNC Greensboro 11, Missouri State 10, South Dakota 9, South Dakota State 9, Albany 7, Bradley 5, UC Santa Barbara 1, Navy 1, Penn 1, Hawaii 1.