Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 5th, 2023. Oral Roberts moves into the #1 position in moving up two spots from last week following the Golden Eagles winning its two games this past week in Summit League play over South Dakota and UMKC.
Furman is at the #2 position in also moving up two spots from last week. The Paladins won its two games last week in Southern Conference play over Chattanooga and Wofford.
Liberty moves down to the #3 position after being in the top spot last week. The Flames split its two games this past week in Atlantic Sun play–defeating Austin Peay but losing to Lipscomb.
The fourth slot this week is Yale as the Bulldogs move up five spots from a week ago. The Bulldogs defeated Princeton and Harvard in Ivy League play this past week.
College of Charleston rounds out the Top 5 this week as the Cougars stay in this spot this week. Charleston stays in this spot despite splitting its two Colonial contests this past week–losing at Drexel and defeating Delaware on the road.
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 Mid-Major teams throughout the regular season and do a final ranking after the national tournament is complete.
The Mid-Major conferences include America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American (MAC), Mid-Eastern (MEAC), Northeast (NEC), Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic (WAC) conferences, as well as the two independent schools of Chicago State and Hartford. These conferences are typically just a one-bid league in the NCAA Tournament.
Sagarin rankings provide the only rankings that actually ranks all Division I schools but our rankings will show just the Mid-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.
In the rankings, you will see the the Mid-Major rankings first and the overall Division I ranking to the right of the the Mid-Major ranking.
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The following are the individual Mid-Major conference rankings highlighted in yellow and the overall rankings within overall ranking in Division I.
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