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The Other Top 25: The at-large contenders take their spots

2-bid SoCon? 2-bid ASUN? 2-bid MAC? Our voters think so.

NCAA Basketball: Wofford 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.


In case you’ve missed 80 percent of what we’ve been saying over the last week, it’s officially BUBBLE WATCH SZN!

That means it’s time to argue over how to interpret mid-major resumes that may have a ton of wins but not a ton of substance to them. Voters in The Other Top 25 have made their opinions clear: Wofford, Buffalo, and Lipscomb are for real. We’ve debated their resumes enough and their names have even seeped into the national NCAA discussion. But for now, those schools can take comfort in knowing they’re all in the top six of The Other Top 25.

As for Wofford, the Terriers overtook Buffalo this week as they improved to 11-0 in the SoCon and have not lost since Dec. 19. The Bulls fell to Bowling Green and dropped a spot in the poll, but are still in a good spot for an at-large bid (if necessary) with no true bad losses and some Power 5 wins.

Yes, that means Bowling Green also enters the poll, coming in at No. 23. The Falcons’ early season losses to Cleveland State, Hartford, and Detroit are distant memories as they’ve reeled off 11 wins in 12 games.

View the complete poll here:

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: Old Dominion 31, North Texas 26, Jacksonville State 22, Furman 20, Charleston 17, Montana 15, Yale 14, Illinois State 14, Northeastern 14, Kent State 11, Harvard 10, Northern Kentucky 9, Princeton 8, Texas State 8, George Mason 5, Marshall 4, Grand Canyon 4, Loyola Marymount 3, UTSA 3, Saint Mary’s 3, Loyola 2, Duquesne 1, Bucknell 1.