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The Other Top 25: Murray State races into top 5 in final poll

Presenting the 25 best non-major conference teams headed into the postseason

Murray State v Eastern Kentucky Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

We’ve reached the end.

After way too many “way too early” polls and 18 weeks of game action, this is the final The Other Top 25 poll for the 2018-19 college basketball season.

Like always, Gonzaga is No. 1 overall, and for the second week in a row, Wofford, Buffalo, and Nevada follow in that order. All four of those teams will hear their names called on Selection Sunday.

And so will Murray State! The Fightin’ Ja Morants won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament this weekend by knocking off Belmont and head into the Big Dance as the No. 5 overall team in our poll. VCU and Utah State both seem like safe at-large selections if they don’t win their conference tournaments, and they follow the Racers.

The only newcomer in the rankings is the No. 25 Utah Valley. The Wolverines, who have won seven straight to close out WAC play, could be on a collision course to match up with No. 8 New Mexico State in WACVegas this weekend.

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: Georgia State 18, Yale 18, Northern Kentucky 15, Bradley 12, Northeastern 11, Harvard 11, Montana 10, Charleston 9, Bowling Green 7, Norfolk State 6, San Diego State 6, Jacksonville State 5, Wright State 5, San Francisco 4, Texas State 3, Radford 3, Gardner-Webb 2, St. Francis (PA) 2, San Diego 2.