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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: The head of the pack starts to separate

Our voters agree on the top six teams.

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This is February.

And because this is February, the college basketball picture is starting to become clear. We’ve seen enough of conference play to know who the real contenders are, both for league titles and at-large consideration.

It’s not a surprise that the probable at-large teams are not only at the top of our rankings, but clearly agreed on by our voters. All nine voters ranked Saint Mary’s, Rhode Island, and Gonzaga in their top four and eight out of nine had New Mexico State in their top five. Middle Tennessee and Nevada, two more at-large candidates, appeared in everybody’s top eight, with no one placing Nevada worse than sixth.

Western Kentucky, which was another strong at-large candidate, took a bad loss at UTSA over the weekend, and dropped out of the top 10.

The entire ranking can be found below. Please do not @ us.

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: Northern Kentucky 18, Penn 11, UC Santa Barbara 10, San Diego State 8, South Dakota 7, Wyoming 2, Rider 1, Fresno State 1.