Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 5th, 2023 as conferences have completed their regular season and in some cases their conference tournaments.
College of Charleston remains in the #1 position this week. The Cougars won their opening Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament game over Stony Brook this past week and will face Towson in the semifinal round Monday.
Toledo moves up three spots to the the #2 position this week. The Rockets won its last two regular season game last week in MAC play over Ball State and Central Michigan. Toledo now will face Miami of Ohio later this upcoming week in the MAC Tournament opening round.
Yale moves down a spot to the #3 position this week. This is despite the Bulldogs defeating Brown on the road in their last Ivy League regular season contest this past week. Yale now will face Cornell in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals later this upcoming week.
The fourth slot this week is Oral Roberts, who moves down a spot this week. The Golden Eagles move down despite winning its quarterfinal round Summit League Tournament contest this past weekend over North Dakota. ORU faces St. Thomas Monday in the Summit League semifinals.
Hofstra rounds out the Top 5 this week as the Pride move up four spots to the #5 position. Hofstra defeated William & Mary in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals this past weekend and now will face UNC Wilmington in the CAA semifinals.
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.
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 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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