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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: We see you, Princeton and UNC Asheville

The Tigers moved up and the Bulldogs moved in.

Beverly Schaefer

After a few weeks of chaos in our Power Rankings, things have stabilized a bit, with the top eight teams staying the same from last week.

Below that, however, we had some movement. Valparaiso dropped three spots after losing to rival Oakland, Princeton moved up three and kept its undefeated Ivy League season alive, while Rhode Island dropped six spots as the Rams faded further from the NCAA Tournament bubble.

As usual, we also had some newcomers. Florida Gulf Coast is on the verge of locking up the Atlantic Sun, and the Eagles have rejoined the rankings as a result. They cracked the poll this week alongside first-timers Louisiana Tech and UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs are on a nine-game winning streak and have lost just once since New Year’s.

A Big South championship game meeting with Winthrop could be a lot of fun.

Here are the full rankings.

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (9) 28-0 1 225
2 Saint Mary's 24-3 2 211
3 Wichita State 25-4 3 207
4 Dayton 21-5 4 193
5 VCU 22-5 5 190
6 Middle Tennessee State 24-4 6 174
7 Illinois State 23-5 7 173
8 Vermont 24-5 8 152
9 Monmouth 23-5 11 138
10 UNC Wilmington 24-5 13 117
11 UT Arlington 20-6 15 104
12 Valparaiso 22-6 9 101
13 Princeton 17-6 16 100
14 Nevada 21-6 17 96
15 Akron 22-5 10 95
16 New Mexico State 23-4 14 89
17 Rhode Island 17-9 11 85
18 Belmont 20-5 19 70
19 East Tennessee State 22-6 18 69
20 College of Charleston 21-8 20 61
21 CSU Bakersfield 19-7 23 36
22 UNC Asheville 22-7 NR 32
23 Florida Gulf Coast 22-7 NR 31
24 Louisiana Tech 20-8 NR 20
25 Bucknell 21-8 25 19
Others Receiving Votes: Oakland 16; BYU 15; Boise State 13; Colorado State 12; Furman 12; Chattanooga 12; Winthrop 10; Richmond 8; Arkansas State 7; St. Bonaventure 7; North Carolina Central 6; Harvard 5; UNC Greensboro 5; Ohio 4; Iona 4; Fort Wayne 1.

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