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The Other Top 25: Grand Canyon, Saint Joseph’s make big jumps

The Lopes topped San Deigo State and Liberty while the Hawks handed Princeton its first loss

Grand Canyon and Saint Joseph’s were two of the most notable movers in this week’s Other Top 25 ranking.

The Lopes jumped six spots and came in at No. 6 this week. They are 8-1 on the season and have won five straight games. Over the past seven days they earned two major wins over top mid-majors and fellow members of the Other Top 25.

GCU claimed the program’s first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent when it defeated then-No. 25 San Diego State 79-73 on Tuesday.

Grand Canyon led by seven at halftime and built the lead to as much as 13 in the second half. Ray Harrison led four players in double figures with 23 points on 6-for-11 shooting and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. He also pulled down eight rebounds.

Four days later, the Lopes snapped Liberty’s 20-game home winning streak by securing a 69-64 win. GCU battled back from an early 17-point deficit to pull even at halftime. It was also in a nine-point hole in the second half. The Lopes outscored the Flames 27-14 over the final 11:30 of the contest. Gabe McGlothan paced the team with 21 points.

The Lopes rank 65th in KenPom and 77th in BartTorvik. They rank 45th in Torvik over the last week.

Saint Joe’s moved up nine spots to No. 12. It sits at 8-2 on the year and has also won five in a row. The Hawks began the week with a 69-53 win over American.

They followed it up by knocking Princeton from the ranks of the unbeatens. SJU beat the Tigers 74-70. It was a back-and-forth affair that featured four ties and 12 lead changes. With the game knotted at 68, the Hawks scored six of the final eight points.

Erik Reynolds II tallied 21 points, which was the third time this season he hit the 20-point plateau. Lynn Greer III followed right behind him with 18 points, six boards and four steals.

Saint Joe’s ranks 85th in KenPom and 83 in Torvik.

In addition to the win over Princeton, the Hawks’ resume also includes a 13-point win over then-No. 18 Villanova and an overtime loss at then-No. 17 Kentucky.

Four teams joined the ranking: St. Bonaventure at 22, McNeese State at 23, UC Irvine at 24 and Belmont at 25.

The Other Top 25: Dec. 11, 2023

Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points Previous
Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points Previous
1 Florida Atlantic (3) 122 1
T-2 San Diego St. 111 3
T-2 Memphis 111 5
4 James Madison (1) 109 4
5 New Mexico 99 8
6 Grand Canyon 93 12
7 Indiana St. 91 9
8 Colorado St. (1) 87 2
T-9 Nevada 82 6
T-9 Princeton 82 7
11 Drake 76 10
12 Saint Joseph's 67 21
13 Utah St. 57 13
14 Dayton 55 15
15 Boise St. 46 14
16 Saint Mary's 44 22
17 Duquesne 41 20
T-18 UNC Greensboro 38 18
T-18 Liberty 38 11
20 Appalachian St. 35 T-16
21 UNC Wilmington 32 T-16
22 St. Bonaventure 17 NR
23 McNeese St. 12 RV
24 UC Irvine 10 RV
25 Belmont 9 NR

Others Receiving Votes:

Santa Clara 8; San Francisco 8; Bradley 8; Tulane 6; Vermont 5; Weber St. 5; Louisiana Tech 4; Purdue Fort Wayne 4; George Mason 3; Longwood 3; Southern Illinois 2; Long Beach St. 2; Kent St. 1; George Washington 1; Hawaii 1

Dropped from Ranking:

Bradley – 19; Santa Clara – 23; Vermont – T-24; Tulane – T-24

Previous Top 25 Rankings:

Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Nov. 20

Nov. 13