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The Other Top 25: Norse Up!

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Northern Kentucky has won 10 out of 11 and has forced its way into The Other Top 25.

NCAA Basketball: Northern Kentucky at Cincinnati The Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODA

If you haven’t lost in almost a month and have a two-game lead in your league standings, there’s a good chance people have taken notice.

That’s especially true for Northern Kentucky, which entered The Other Top 25 at 21 this week on the heels of six straight wins and 10 wins in 11 games.

Drew McDonald has established himself as one of the underrated stars of the mid-major world. Last time out against Milwaukee, he scored 30 points on 6-10 shooting from three to go with 13 rebounds and four assists. And that’s a fairly typical performance from him. He’s leading the Horizon League in three-point shooting percentage in conference (50 percent), and ranks fourth in the Horizon in overall scoring average (19.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg).

The Norse will get a true road test on Friday at IUPUI. If they can win that, there’s only one real stumbling block left en route to running the table the rest of the way.

Another shakeup came as a result of the crazy finish between Davidson and Saint Louis. A couple late free throws from Jon Axel Gudmundsson (and a couple misses on the other end) gave Davidson the road win, moving the Wildcats from ninth to fifth. Saint Louis dropped all the way to 11 after falling to Duquesne earlier in the week.

The full rankings:

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: Radford 23, George Mason 21, Jacksonville State 20, Loyola University Chicago 20, UC Santa Barbara 20, Texas State 15, Furman 14, Charleston 13, Georgia State 13, Old Dominion 12, Drake 11, Duquesne 10, Montana 9, Loyola Marymount 6, Stony Brook 6, Kent State 5, Marshall 4, San Diego 4, Penn 3, Saint Mary’s 3, Dayton 2, Bowling Green 2, Grand Canyon 1.