Friday, November 25, 2005

Bracketology 101's Top 10 Mid-Majors

This is the first in a new weekly series at Bracketology 101. Each Friday throughout the college basketball season, we will pick a topic and come up with a "Top 10" list that ranks the best players, teams, conferences, fans, home courts...and more. Point totals will be comprised of votes from Chris and Craig, as well as from the newest member to the Bracketology 101 family, Jason "Pecker" Polayes. Pecker is a college basketball fan and aspiring bracketologist, but he is best known for his role as manager of the Univeristy of Connecticut men's basketball team. To contact Pecker, or to ask him to clean up a puddle of sweat or to do your laundry, you can e-mail him at

This week's Top 10 ranks the best mid-major teams in the country. All teams not in the "Big 6" conferences were considered. The list takes into account games already played this season, as well as where we think teams will be at the end of the year. As always, we welcome your comments, and we invite our readers to post their own list. Enjoy...

Top 10 Mid-Majors
Teams were ranked on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale by the three voters. First place votes are in parentheses.
1. Gonzaga 29 (2)
2. Memphis 28 (1)
3. Northern Iowa 18
4. Nevada 17
4(tie). Bucknell 17
4 (tie). George Washington 17
7. Ohio 16
8. Old Dominion 12
9. Wisconsin-Milwaukee 5
10. Creighton 2
10 (tie). UNLV 2
10 (tie). Winthrop 2
Also receiving consideration: CS-Fullerton, Denver, Murray State


Anonymous said...

Why was Drexel not in your top 10?

Bracketology 101 said...

Drexel has shown that it is no pushover in its NIT losses to Duke and UCLA, but we still believe Old Dominion is the team to beat in what the Colonial. Drexel's play so far, though, has definitely earned them a place on our radar.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little surprised that Davidson recieved no votes considering they have beaten two strong A-10 teams

Bracketology 101 said...

We don't know if you can use the word strong and A-10 in the same sentence, but if they can win at Charlotte tonight then you may be on to something.

matt r said...

Keep an eye out for:

Colorado State - Early 5-0 with wins over power conference teams Auburn and Colorado. Aub and Col might not be too strong this year but they will probably beat up on enough bad teams to help CSU's strength of schedule.

Air Force - 6-1. Even though two of those six were against non-Division I they beat a Miami (FL) team that was in tourney discussions last year, and only loss was to Washington

Anonymous said...

I believe the Missouri Valley conference has the #2 conference RPI. and there are only two mid major teams?