Mid-Major Report: Monmouth Jumps Into the Top Eight for the First Time

Another superb week of college basketball. Gonzaga continues to dominate and there are a couple more teams that could make late season runs that would help boost their resumes. Here is the seventh edition of the College Pride Press Mid-Major Report…

Power Rankings:

Gonzaga (28-0, 16-0 WCC)

Mark Few’s group continues to breeze through their conference schedule. The Bulldogs should remain undefeated once Selection Sunday rolls around.  

St. Mary’s (24-3, 14-2 WCC)

The Gaels didn’t get caught in the trap against a highly offensive powered BYU team winning 70-57 on the road. St. Mary’s is going to be a tough out in the Tournament and could give Gonzaga a run for its money in the conference tourney.  

Wichita State (26-4, 16-1 MVC)

Wichita State has won 11 games in a row since losing at Illinois State on January 14. All of those victories have been decided by 15 or more points. Now that’s impressive.  

Illinois State (23-5, 15-1 MVC)

The Redbirds survived a close one at home against Loyola-Chicago. The absence of Mikyle McIntosh has forced this team to struggle but it’ll be something to look out for when he returns.  

VCU (22-5, 12-2 A-10)

The Rams have been great all season. JeQuan Lewis has perhaps has been the MVP for this team. VCU has the toughest finish to the regular season out of any college basketball team, as they travel to both Rhode Island and Dayton to take on the Rams and the Flyers.

Dayton (22-5, 13-2 A-10)

Charles Cooke continues to have a stellar year which is no surprise. The Flyers are outscoring their opponents by over 11 points per game. UD has the potential to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament this year.

Middle Tennessee (24-4, 14-1 C-USA)

The Blue Raiders keep on rolling through their Conference USA schedule. MTSU has won all but one of their conference games, and most of their wins have been by double digits. They will be an exciting team to keep an eye on in march.

Monmouth (24-5, 16-2 MAAC)

The Hawks are gelling at the perfect time behind the leadership of stud point guard, Justin Robinson. Monmouth currently sits atop of the MAAC, and owns a 14 game win streak. The Hawks take on Siena and Iona this week.

Just Missed the Cut: Vermont, New Mexico State, Akron, Valparaiso, UNC Wilmington

Players of the Week:  

Mike Daum, South Dakota State

It’s pretty impressive when you score 51 points in a game and your name is not Marcus Keene. Daum scored 51 points and also grabbed 15 rebounds in a 97-89 victory over Fort Wayne on Saturday.

Jordan Washington, Iona

A L is a L but it doesn’t hurt as bad when you score 38 points right? Washington had 38 points and 10 boards in the 103-85 loss to Rider on Sunday.  

Games to Watch:

Friday, February 24

Siena @ Monmouth (7:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

Dayton @ Davidson (9:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

Saturday, February 25

VCU @ Rhode Island (2:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

BYU @ Gonzaga (10:00 PM ET; ESPN2)

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