College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 5

Below are the Top 25 High Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 5th, 2023.

Houston remains in the #1 position and also remains into overall top spot in the rankings as the Cougars won its final two regular season games in AAC play over Wichita State and Memphis this past week. Houston will play the winner of East Carolina and South Florida in the AAC Tournament quarterfinals later this week.

Gonzaga stays at the #2 position in this week’s rankings. The Bulldogs defeated Chicago State in their last regular season contest in non-conference play. Gonzaga next plays San Francisco Monday in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.

Saint Mary’s stays at to the #3 slot this week after the Gaels did not have a game this past week. Saint Mary’s next plays BYU Monday in the WCC Tournament semifinals.

San Diego State remains at the #4 position after the Aztecs split its last two Mountain West Conference regular season games. SDSU lost at Boise State but then rebounded to finish their regular season. The Aztecs will play the winner of Colorado State and Fresno State in the MWC Tournament quarterfinals.

Memphis also remains where they were last week at the #5 position this week. The Tigers split its last two AAC contests–winning on the road over SMU but fell to Houston at home. Memphis will next play the winner of SMU and UCF in the AAC Tournament quarterfinals later this week.

The 2022-23 season will culminate with the national championship from NRG Stadium in Houston on April 3rd. CSJ will complete a weekly Sagarin rankings of the High Major teams throughout the regular season and do a final ranking after the national tournament is complete.

The High-Major conferences include AAC, A-10, Conference USA, Mountain West, West Coast, and Missouri Valley conferences. These conferences have historically been multiple bid leagues in the middle ground between the Power Six conferences and the typically one-bid mid-major conferences.

Sagarin rankings provide the only rankings that actually ranks all Division I schools but our rankings will show just the High Major side of things and have been used for several years with his own computer ranking system to distinguish strength of schedule and strength of team when comparing teams.

You can see the full Division I Sagarin rankings at The USA Today and at Jeff’s site itself.

In the rankings, you will see the the High Major rankings first and the overall Division I ranking to the right of the the High Major ranking.

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The following are the individual High Major conference rankings highlighted in green and the overall rankings within overall ranking in Division I.