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The Other Top 25: Conference leaders are on the rise

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Vermont and UCSB have entered the fold

NCAA Basketball: Vermont at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

NOTE: This week’s rankings take into account all games through Sunday. Results from games played on Monday will be included in next week’s poll.


Roughly three weeks into the conference season, leaders have begun to emerge. Wofford is 7-0 in the SoCon, Hofstra is 7-0 in the CAA, and Liberty is 6-0 in the ASUN. So it’s not a surprise that each of those schools is ranked in the top 15 of The Other Top 25 this week.

Wofford has even cracked the top 40 in KenPom and has beaten both UNC Greensboro and Furman during its current six-game winning streak. Though we love ourselves some Fletcher Magee, Cameron Jackson has been just as valuable for the Terriers, shooting 60 percent from the field and averaging 15-and-8.

A little lower in the poll, we welcome back Marshall, which is now 5-1 in CUSA and tied with North Texas for first place. It remains to be seen how their loss to Western Kentucky on Monday will impact the Herd’s standing, but they’ve also beaten the ‘Toppers at home and own a win at Old Dominion.

This week, we have 26 teams ranked thanks to a tie at No. 25. So congratulations to both Yale and UC Santa Barbara, who do not need to fight over who gets in. They both get the recognition.

Complete poll:

The Other Top 25: Week 13

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (13) 21-2 1 325
2 Nevada 21-1 2 312
3 Wofford 19-4 4 290
4 Buffalo 19-3 3 280
5 Davidson 16-5 5 264
6 Lipscomb 18-4 6 259
7 Belmont 17-4 7 235
8 UNC Greensboro 20-3 7 225
9 South Dakota State 19-6 13 204
10 Utah State 17-5 15 189
11 VCU 15-6 17 148
11 Hofstra 19-4 9 148
13 New Mexico State 18-4 16 142
14 San Francsico 17-5 12 136
15 Murray State 17-4 10 125
16 East Tennessee State 19-5 20 99
17 Fresno State 16-5 23 97
18 Liberty 19-5 14 88
19 Vermont 17-5 18 81
20 Toledo 18-4 22 74
21 Saint Louis 14-8 11 68
22 UC Irvine 19-5 24 62
23 Bowling Green 15-6 NR 48
24 Dayton 15-7 NR 46
25 Georgia State 16-6 NR 35

Also receiving votes: Saint Mary’s 35, Old Dominion 31, Georgia State 30, Northern Kentucky 29, Jacksonville State 27, Loyola University Chicago 20, Stony Brook 19, UC Irvine 17, Charleston 9, Loyola Marymount 7, Montana 6, Bowling Green 4, Dayton 2.