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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: Rhode Island or Nevada?

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The Rams and Wolf Pack are ranked 2 and 3 respectively. Who is better?

NCAA Basketball: Rhode Island at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve spent the last few weeks trying to figure out who the rightful No. 1 is in our Power Rankings. It’s been a spirited debate, and one that for now has some clarity, with Saint Mary’s beating Gonzaga in Spokane last week.

I’m sure we’ll get back to that soon enough.

But all this time, there has been another discussion near the top of our rankings, and it’s one that we haven’t talked much about: Nevada or Rhode Island?

Both are receiving No. 1 votes and both have been top-five mainstays for some time.

Nevada’s Case: For one thing, the Wolf Pack beat Rhode Island head-to-head. People in our mentions like to point that out incessantly. Since then, minus a hiccup against San Francisco, Nevada has taken care of business against teams it should beat. Its most impressive win came just two days ago against Boise State.

Rhode Island’s Case: What people in our mentions do not point out is that the game between Nevada and Rhode Island took place on Nov. 13 and things have happened since then. The Wolf Pack, of course, have been excellent, but you could argue the Rams have been even better. They beat Seton Hall in a virtual road game and beat Providence in Kingston. They also beat St. Bonaventure on Jan. 13 and won at Dayton over the weekend.

Either way, it’s extremely close and both teams are 7-0 in conference. Someone will slip up eventually, but until then, enjoy the arguing.

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: Duquesne 16, Missouri State 15, Wright State 10, Princeton 9, Charleston 7, Fresno State 7, Penn 6, Bucknell 4, Hawaii 1, Georgia State 1, Marshall 1.