Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Mar. 14th, 2021. This will be the final regular season rankings as the NCAA Tournament begins later this week. A final rankings will be published after the national championship game on April 5th.
Colgate moves into the top spot in this final regular season rankings after the Raiders won the Patriot League tournament championship this past week. Colgate enters the NCAA tournament as a #14 seed that starts play later this week.
Toledo moves down to the #2 spot after the Rockets lost in the semi-final round of the MAC tournament to eventual champion Ohio. Toledo will still have a chance to play in the postseason as the Rockets were invited to the NIT tournament as a #3 seed in the reduced 16-team tournament this year.
Buffalo stays at the #3 spot after the Bulls lost to Ohio in the MAC tournament championship game. Like Toledo, Buffalo also was invited to the NIT tournament and will enter as a #4 seed.
Wright State stays at the #4 spot this week. The Raiders were upset in the Horizon League Tournament opening round versus Milwaukee. Wright State was not invited to either the NCAA or NIT tournaments so their season is now complete.
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.
Due to COVID-19 reasons, the Ivy League has suspended its play for this season so no teams from that conference will be included in this poll. Other schools including the MEAC’s Bethune-Cookman and Maryland Eastern Shore, as well as the WAC’s Chicago State have also opted out of playing the rest of the 2020-21 season.
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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