With the Coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA has ended the 2019-2020 men’s basketball season early just before the NCAA tournament and with several conference tournaments unfinished. These are the final Top 25 rankings for the Mid-Major schools.
East Tennessee State stays atop the mid-major Sagarin rankings after winning the Southern Conference tournament this past week with its championship game Monday versus Wofford. The Buccaneers end the season at 30-4 overall (27-4 against Division I opposition) and also won the Southern Conference regular season title. ETSU finished #47 overall in Sagarin rankings.
New Mexico State and Vermont finished second and third in the rankings and were two programs that were not able to finish their respective conference tournaments of the Western Athletic and America East respectively.
Belmont, which won both regular season and tournament of the Ohio Valley Conference, was fourth, while ETSU’s Southern Confernence mate Furman rounded out the Top Five.
The Mid-Major conferences include America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic conferences.
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.
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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