While this list may rank the 10 best teams in mid-major conferences, a funny thing happens when conference tournaments start, and NCAA Tournament bids are on the line.
It's no one's guess whether or not this clip is being used in locker rooms across the country in preparation for conference tournaments. Should it be? Yes! If it worked for the "Ice Box" and the "Little Giants", it can work for South Carolina Upstate in the Atlantic Sun. All it takes is one time for one upset to catapult a team no one expected to steal an NCAA Tournament bid.
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The rankings stayed the same except for East Tennessee State. The Bucs have inexplicably lost three straight. All three games were on the road, but it's not how a team would like to finish headed into the conference tournament and possibly the NCAA Tournament.
In its place enters Western Kentucky. Winners of six straight, the Hilltoppers travel to Murfeesboro to take on Middle Tennessee for the Conference USA regular season crown. The Blue Raiders are in the tournament, according to HERO Sports' latest bracketology. The Hilltoppers are one of the first four out.
Before the Madness begins, here's the second to last Mid-Major Rankings.
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||LAST WEEK||THIS WEEK|
|2||Rhode Island||23-4||2||JOES, @DAV|
|3||Nevada||25-5||3||@UNLV, @ SDSU|
|4||Middle Tennessee||23-5||4||WKU, MRSH|
|5||Saint Mary's||27-4||5||WCC Tourney|
|6||Loyola Chicago||25-5||6||MVC Tourney|
|7||New Mexico State||24-5||7||@TRGV|
|9||St. Bonaventure||22-6||10||DAV, @STL|
|10||Western Kentucky||22-7||NR||@MTU, @UAB|