College Basketball Rankings, Week 9: Toledo Slips In Mid-Major Top 25, Ohio Sneaking Up

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Four MAC teams are ranked in this week's Mid-Major Coaches Poll, with Toledo once again leading the way, despite a slight slip.

It appears not everyone was impressed with Toledo's 10-point loss at No. 16 Kansas this past week. The Rockets may have stood their ground in the Mid-Major Madness Power 15, but in's Mid-Major Coaches Poll they took a hit.

In the latest standings, Toledo checks in at No. 4 in the poll, down two spots from the previous week. Leapfrogging Toledo in the poll are Harvard and Gonzaga, a pair of perennial mid-major powers who have both played tougher non-conference slates than Toledo.

The Rockets open conference play vs. Western Michigan tonight at 7 p.m., and take on Central Michigan on Saturday at 6 p.m., a pair of games they should win. Toledo isn't all that far behind Harvard and Gonzaga in points, so a strong week by the Rockets and a slip up by either could have Toledo back in the No. 2 spot by next week.

Elsewhere in the poll the Ohio Bobcats continue to sneak their way up the rankings after downing Longwood and UNC-Asheville to wrap up their non-conference slate. The 'Cats checked in at No. 13 this week, up four spots from the previous week. Kent State slipped two spots to no. 17 following losses to Cleveland State and at Princeton this past week. The two teams face off tonight at 7 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Akron is the fourth and final team to work its way into the poll this week, checking in at No. 23 after not being ranked a week ago. After starting last week off with a road loss to South Carolina, the Zips downed Coppin State and Marshall at home to improve to 8-5 on the season. Akron opens conference play at Ball State tonight at 7 p.m., then heads down to Athens, Ohio to take on the Bobcats Sunday at 6 p.m.

Eastern Michigan (6), Buffalo (5) and Western Michigan (1) all received votes in this week's poll.

Here's a look at the full poll:

Record Points Previous
1. Wichita State (31) 15-0 775 1 Missouri Valley
2. Harvard 13-1 727 3 Ivy League
3. Gonzaga 14-2 697 4 West Coast
4. Toledo 12-1 684 2 Mid-American
5. Manhattan 11-2 618 5 Metro Atlantic
6. Indiana State 11-3 598 6 Missouri Valley
7. Green Bay 11-3 581 7 Horizon
8. Princeton 11-2 526 8 Ivy League
9. North Dakota State 11-4 519 11 Summit
10. New Mexico State 12-5 473 12 WAC
11. Saint Mary's 11-4 446 9 West Coast
12. Stephen F. Austin 13-2 400 16 Southland
13. Ohio 10-3 378 17 Mid-American
14. UC Santa Barbara 9-4 342 18 Big West
15. Missouri State 11-3 303 14 Missouri Valley
16. Drexel 8-5 290 13 Colonial
17. Kent State 9-4 274 15 Mid-American
18. Hawaii 11-3 243 NR Big West
19. Pacific 9-5 186 10 West Coast
20. Eastern Kentucky 10-5 183 19 Ohio Valley
21. Mercer 11-5 147 20 Atlantic Sun
22. Northern Colorado 8-3 86 NR Big Sky
23. Akron 8-5 81 NR Mid-American
24. Drake 10-4 73 23 Missouri Valley
25. Belmont 10-6 66 24 Ohio Valley

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BYU 63, Western Kentucky 47, Cleveland State 38, Milwaukee 36, Stony Brook 27, Nebraska Omaha 21, Pepperdine 21, IPFW 14, Canisius 13, Louisiana Lafayette 12, Boston University 11, Iona 11, North Carolina Central 10, Radford 10, Youngstown State 9, Northern Iowa 8, Eastern Michigan 6, Arkansas State 5, Buffalo 5, Towson 3, Morehead State 2, William & Mary 2, Alabama State 1, Georgia State 1, Sam Houston State 1, Valparaiso 1, Western Michigan 1.

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