Mid-Major Top 25: Wichita State Falls Out Of Top Five

Murray State refuses to lose or relinquish the top spot in SB Nation's Mid-Major Top 25.

At least you'll have the peace of mind of knowing you were more educated than the receptionist who won your NCAA Tournament pool. She didn't know about Tim Cluess' contract extension. You did.

1. MURRAY STATE (21-0, 9-0) (1)

The world got what it wanted when the Racers were paired with Saint Mary's for their BracketBusters game on Feb. 18.

2. CREIGHTON (21-2, 11-1) (2)

There's been a lot of debate across the Midwest in recent weeks over whether or not this Creighton team is the best to play in the Missouri Valley over the past 20 years. The fact that it's even a discussion lets you know just how good the Bluejays are.

3. SAINT MARY'S (21-2, 10-0) (3)

The Gaels [lay San Diego at home on Thursday night and then have a whole week to prepare for their showdown at Gonzaga on Feb. 9.

4. HARVARD (18-2, 4-0) (5)

The Crimson shouldn't be tested in the Ivy League until they play at Penn on Feb. 10. The Quakers are the only other unbeaten left in the conference.

5. GONZAGA (17-3, 7-1) (6)

Gonzaga will play at BYU on Thursday and then host Saint Mary's seven days later. It's a pair of games that could easily be the difference between three or four lines come Selection Sunday.

6. MIDDLE TENNESSEE (20-3, 9-0) (7)

MTSU's at-large hopes weren't crushed by their tough loss to Vanderbilt, but a win there certainly would have been a big help.

7. WICHITA STATE (19-4, 10-2) (4)

It seems harsh to punish the Shockers three spots for a one-possession loss in triple overtime, but the top seven teams here are so good that there was really no other option.

8. LONG BEACH STATE (16-6, 9-0) (8)

The Titans experienced a bit of a letdown after their blowout win over UCSB when they were taken to overtime by Riverside five days later. Still, as long as boredom doesn't get in the way, The Beach should run the table in the Big West.

9. ORAL ROBERTS (20-4, 12-0) (10)

It's surprising that the Golden Eagles are still flying (pun intended) so far under the radar considering their current 13-game winning streak includes triumphs over Texas Tech and Xavier. ORU has won 19 straight Summit League games heading into Thursday night's battle with second place South Dakota State.

10. CLEVELAND STATE (18-4, 8-2) (12)

"This year's Butler could actually be another team from the Horizon League, Cleveland State." Get ready to hear that at least 75 times once March rolls around.

11. OHIO (18-4, 6-2) (14)

Ohio is still putting W's on the board, but they're not scoring and winning big the way they were before MAC play started. Since conference play has started, the Bobcats shooting 38.9 percent from the field and a paltry 28.1 percent from three. Still, they're 6-2 in a Mid-American conference where parity reigns supreme.

12. DAVIDSON (16-5, 10-1) (9)

The Wildcats finally tasted SoCon defeat with a 77-74 loss at Samford last week. They're still a full two games up on second-place Wofford, whom they'll face on Monday.

13. IONA (17-5, 9-2) (16)

Iona signed head coach Tim Cluess to a much-deserved multi-year extension earlier this week.

14. VCU (19-5, 10-2) (18)

My preseason prediction of the Rams not making the tournament is looking more and more foolish with each passing weeks. That Shaka Smart...he can coach.

15. WEBER STATE (16-4, 8-1) (11)

A surprising two-point loss at Idaho State has the Wildcats sitting in a first-place tie with Montana in the Big Sky. The two will meet for the second time in the regular season finale on Feb. 28.

16. GEORGE MASON (18-6, 10-2) (15)

Mason saw its six-game winning streak snapped by a 65-60 loss to Delaware that really wasn't that close.

17. DREXEL (18-5, 10-2) (21)

Bruiser Flint is growing more and more convinced that Drexel is the best team in Philly with each Dragon victory.

18. BYU (18-6, 6-3) (13)

Most thought the addition of BYU would finally keep the WCC from being a two-horse race, but the Cougars weren't even competitive in either of their losses to Saint Mary's. They'll get their first crack at Gonzaga on Thursday night.

19. UT-ARLINGTON (16-5, 8-0) (22)

The Cowboys opened their sparkling new arena with a 67-66 victory over UT-San Antonio that extended their school-record winning streak to 12 games.

20. Akron (15-7, 7-1) (NR)

The Zips, winners of 12 of their last 14, have recaptured the glory of their season-opening win over Mississippi State since the start of conference play.

21. KENT STATE (15-6, 5-3) (24)

The Flashes have reeled off three straight since a pair of disappointing road losses to Ohio and Akron.

22. LIU BROOKLYN (15-7, 9-1) (19)

The Blackbirds finally tasted NEC defeat when they got dropped at Robert Morris last weekend. They're still up a full game in the league standings.

23. DENVER (16-6, 6-3) (17)

The life of the Pioneers' fading at-large hopes will almsot certainly be hanging in the balance when Denver faces Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

24. WAGNER (17-4, 8-2) (23)

Wagner will look to keep its NEC title hopes alive with huge back-to-back home games against Robert Morris and Saint Francis.

25. LOYOLA (MD.) (16-5, 9-2) (NR)

Everyone wants to focus on Iona in the MAAC, but the Greyhounds have won four straight y double digits and are right there with the Gaels at the top of the league standings.

DROPPED OUT: South Dakota State (20), Yale (25)

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