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The Other Top 25: Old Dominion comes roaring back

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Conference USA has disappointed, but the Monarchs are on a roll.

NCAA Basketball: Old Dominion at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

One guarantee from college basketball’s non-conference season is that it’s sure to give us some upsets. And typically, those upsets mean we get to see some fun jumps in The Other Top 25.

Old Dominion came into the season ranked No. 23, but quickly fell out after stumbling to a 2-3 start. The Monarchs have not lost since.

Their win over VCU in late November raised some eyebrows and now they are back in The Other Top 25, fresh off an upset win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.

Sophomore Xavier Green has turned in back-to-back double-digit scoring performances and is shooting 43 percent from three for a team that’s strength lies on the defensive end. In fact, Old Dominion has not allowed an opponent to reach 70 points yet this season.

Penn is another newcomer that jumped into the poll because of an upset. The Quakers beat Big 5 rival Villanova at the Palestra last week and also own a win over Miami.

The other newcomer is the team you’ve all (like, two of you, really) have been waiting to see: Murray State. The Racers had been knocking at the door and finally broke through thanks to a blowout win over a solid Southern Illinois team.

Take a look at the full rankings below:

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: Georgia State (32), Fresno State (31), Vermont (25), Liberty (17), Marshall (16), BYU (12), San Diego State (12), Texas Southern (10), Indiana State (8), Yale (8), Southern Illinois (7), The Citadel (5), Rhode Island (5), Radford (4), Illinois State (3), Loyola University Chicago (2), Stony Brook (2), Texas State (1), NJIT (1), UC Santa Barbara (1), Hofstra (1).