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The Other Top 25: Rise of the West Coast Conference

Saint Mary’s moves up while Loyola Marymount makes its debut

NCAA Basketball: Loyola Marymount at St. Mary’s Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like we were just talking about how Gonzaga and BYU were the only quality teams in the West Coast Conference.

After the start of Feast Week, it appears that we were wrong. Loyola Marymount is 5-0 with wins over UNLV, Ohio, and Georgetown. Saint Mary’s is 3-0, having just beaten New Mexico State.

Meanwhile the Bulldogs and Cougars have done everything they’re supposed to and they look every bit as good as we thought.

As a result, all four of those teams are in The Other Top 25, with the Lions making their debut this week. The Gaels moved up three spots with their win over the Aggies, and BYU is up two as it beats up on inferior competition.

The other massive change? Furman has gone from unranked and forgotten to No. 12 overall. Beating two of last year’s Final Four teams on the road will do that.

Here’s the whole thing. Do not @ us under any circumstances.

The Other Top 25: Week 9

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (12) 14-2 2 324
2 Nevada 14-1 1 309
3 Buffalo (1) 13-1 3 303
4 Saint Louis 10-4 5 266
5 San Francsico 14-2 6 249
6 UNC Greensboro 14-2 8 230
7 Davidson 10-4 10 221
8 Belmont 10-3 4 216
9 Lipscomb 10-4 11 191
10 Wofford 12-4 16 181
11 Murray State 11-2 18 169
12 North Texas 15-1 17 160
13 Furman 14-2 14 136
14 South Dakota State 12-6 11 133
15 Charleston 13-3 9 128
15 Toledo 12-2 7 128
17 VCU 10-4 21 113
18 Utah State 11-4 15 99
19 Old Dominion 11-4 13 96
20 Liberty 12-4 NR 71
21 Hofstra 13-3 NR 70
22 Fresno State 11-3 NR 60
23 Ball State 10-4 NR 54
24 UC Irvine 12-4 24 47
25 Loyola Marymount 13-3 19 42

Also receiving votes: Louisiana Tech (24), New Mexico State (22), Penn (22), Utah State (21), Wofford (20), Murray State (19), Northeastern (18), Southern Illinois (10), Louisiana (9), Wright State (8), Duquesne (7), Northern Kentucky (7), San Francisco (5), Rhode Island (3), New Mexico (1).

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