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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: New Mexico State and Vermont continue to ride win streaks

UNC Wilmington and Valparaiso both drop

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Vermont hasn’t lost since before Christmas. New Mexico State hasn’t lost since before Thanksgiving.

It’s no surprise that both are surging in our power rankings.

The Aggies jumped from 12 to 6 this week following a dominant win over Chicago State on Saturday. The task gets tougher on Thursday, however, when they visit Bakersfield — the team that beat them at the buzzer in last year’s WAC title game.

For more on New Mexico State’s season, check out our podcast, where head coach Paul Weir joined us last week.

As for the Catamounts, they spent last week feasting on the bottom of the America East, but will have to survive a date with New Hampshire on Thursday in order to keep their streak alive.

For now, New Mexico State clocks in at a tie for No. 6, while Vermont is tied for 10th.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the voters did not look kindly on Valparaiso for getting blown out at Green Bay over the weekend; the Crusaders dropped from No. 10 to No. 15. BYU continues its fall as well, and the Cougars are probably just a loss away from dropping out entirely.

Take a look at the full rankings.

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (9) 24-0 1 225
2 Saint Mary's 21-2 2 215
3 Wichita State 21-4 4 206
4 Dayton 17-5 7 188
5 VCU 18-5 8 183
6 New Mexico State 22-2 12 169
6 Illinois State 19-5 4 169
8 Middle Tennessee 20-4 5 165
9 UNC Wilmington 21-4 6 136
10 Monmouth 19-5 13 111
10 Vermont 20-5 14 111
12 Rhode Island 15-7 16 110
13 College of Charleston 19-6 19 101
14 Nevada 18-5 11 99
15 Valparaiso 19-5 10 98
16 Akron 19-4 9 94
17 Belmont 17-4 18 78
18 UT Arlington 17-6 15 63
19 East Tennessee State 18-5 17 60
20 Princeton 12-6 21 57
21 Bucknell 18-6 24 43
22 Florida Gulf Coast 19-6 23 38
23 BYU 17-8 20 33
24 Richmond 14-9 25 23
24 Boise State 15-7 NR 23
Others Receiving Votes: Furman 22; Chattanooga 21; St. Bonaventure 12; Weber State 11; Oakland 9; Ohio 9; Arkansas State 8; Eastern Washington 8; Winthrop 8; Santa Clara 5; Iona 4; Tennessee-Martin 3; Fort Wayne 2; North Carolina Central 2; Colorado State 2; Bakersfield 1.

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