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The Other Top 25: Furman drops and we welcome The Drake

Toledo and Old Dominion also make leaps

NCAA Basketball: Furman at Louisiana State Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

We took the holidays off, but The Other Top 25 is back with its first poll of 2019.

While we were gone, Furman lost its first and second games of the season, and though neither of those losses was bad (at LSU and at East Tennessee State), the Paladins plummeted in our poll. Call it a combination of two losses, the Loyola and Villanova wins not aging as well as expected, and some of the hype just wearing away.

In the Paladins’ place, Toledo has continued its climb. The Rockets are a borderline top-50 team in KenPom and have not lost since before Thanksgiving. In that time, they’ve beaten UC Irvine, Penn, Marshall, and Louisiana. Next, the real tests begin as MAC play tips off. Toledo starts with Ball State and Buffalo, so, ya know, yikes.

We only have one newcomer to the poll this week, and it’s the fightin’ Ray Giacol- uh, Jeff Rut- uh, Niko Medv- uh, Darian DeVries!. Drake, on its fourth coach in four seasons, sneaks in at No. 25 with five straight wins, including two against The Other Top 25 ranked teams. The Valley isn’t good this year and there’s an opportunity for the Bulldogs to emerge while the preseason favorites struggle.

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: Liberty 35, Georgia State 32, Hofstra 24, UC Santa Barbara 20, Fresno State 19, Penn 18, Northern Kentucky 10, Utah Valley 9, Seattle 9, Louisiana Tech 8, NJIT 6, Vermont 5, Saint Mary’s 4, Princeton 3, East Tennessee State 3, Southern Illinois 2, The Citadel 1, Texas Southern 1, Montana 1.