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The Other Top 25: Give me Liberty (and Hofstra and Fresno State and Ball State)

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Four new teams enter the rankings and Gonzaga rises to No. 1

NCAA Basketball: Liberty at UCLA Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s only been five days since we last gave you rankings, but a lot has changed in that time (#CONFERENCEPLAY).

Most notably, Nevada went to The Pit (we’re still calling it that) and got run off the court. And New Mexico isn’t even that great! The Lobos came into that one 6-6 against Division I competition and made a legit National Championship contender look silly.

Meanwhile, not only did Gonzaga beat Santa Clara (meh), but the Bulldogs finally played a game at full strength as Geno Crandall and Killian Tillie both saw the floor. Assuming no further hiccups, Gonzaga could have a stranglehold on the No. 1 spot for the rest of the season. Heck, maybe even if they drop a game.

We also welcome four newcomers into the fold this week, and each has a great reason for being here:

  • Liberty followed up its life-Alfording win at UCLA with a win at Dunk City
  • Justin Wright-Foreman did this for Hofstra:
  • Fresno State won its eighth game in nine tries and moved to 2-0 in the Mountain West
  • And Ball State beat Toledo

The full rankings:

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 41, East Tennessee State 25, Western Kentucky 20, Vermont 20, San Diego 19, Loyola 18, New Mexico 14, NJIT 13, UC Santa Barbara 13, Yale 12, New Mexico State 11, Northern Kentucky 7, Penn 6, Grand Canyon 5, Marshall 2, Saint Mary’s 2, Texas Southern 1.