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The Other Top 25: VCU breaks into the top 10

Each of last week’s 25 teams remain in the poll.

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Less than a month ago, people wanted to bury VCU’s at-large chances. That loss at Rhode Island sent the Rams to 4-2 in a bad Atlantic 10 with two sub-100 losses overall.

Only VCU hasn’t lost since then and has played its way back into the projected NCAA Tournament field as the strongest 11 seed per Bracket Matrix. A narrow win at Dayton on Saturday has also put the Rams into the top 10 of The Other Top 25 and, slightly less importantly, into a tie for first in the A-10.

Murray State joins VCU in the top 10, up from 14 last week. The Racers continue to take care of business the Ohio Valley and will run the table in February barring a bizarre upset. We all dream of an OVC semifinal of Belmont, Jacksonville State, Murray State, and Austin Peay.

Here’s the full The Other Top 25, where, surprisingly, no new teams joined the poll. That’s what happens when teams in the 20s all win, I guess.

The Other Top 25 Week 18

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (13) 28-2 1 325
2 Wofford 28-4 2 307
3 Buffalo 28-3 3 298
4 Nevada 28-3 4 289
5 Murray State 27-4 9 251
6 VCU 25-6 6 247
7 Utah State 25-6 7 238
8 Belmont 26-5 5 230
8 New Mexico State 27-4 8 230
10 UNC Greensboro 28-5 12 204
11 UC Irvine 27-5 13 173
12 Lipscomb 25-7 10 165
13 Davidson 23-8 15 141
14 Liberty 28-6 18 138
15 Vermont 25-6 17 135
16 Furman 25-7 14 122
17 Toledo 25-6 19 120
18 Hofstra 26-6 20 109
19 South Dakota State 24-8 11 93
20 Fresno State 22-8 22 70
21 Dayton 21-10 23 62
22 Old Dominion 23-8 15 42
23 Saint Mary’s 20-11 24 34
24 East Tennessee State 24-9 21 27
25 Utah Valley 23-8 NR 26

Also receiving votes: Montana 23, Dayton 22, Texas State 21, Charleston 20, Jacksonville State 15, Georgie State 13, Northern Kentucky 11, San Diego State 6, Drake 5, Northeastern 4, St. Francis PA 1, Norfolk State 1, Loyola University Chicago 1.