MAC Hoops Gets Two Top Ten Teams in College Insider Poll

Jim Christian and the Bobcats move into the Mid-Major Top Ten after a huge victory over Toledo. - USA TODAY Sports

Ohio enters the top ten with a huge win over Toledo.

Toledo's loss was Ohio's gain in more ways than one.

The Rockets fell from three to five in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 after Saturday's overtime loss, while Ohio moved up from fourteen to ten. The Bobcats gained more than 140 points because of the win and jumped a few teams considered favorites to win their respective conferences. Toledo won't have much to sweat this week with games against Bowling Green and at Ball State, but the Bobcats will have their hands full Wednesday against Western Michigan.

This poll gives credence to how competitive this league is in the collective national conscience. The MAC has three teams in the poll, tied only by the West Coast Conference. The Missouri Valley, at one time thought of as the best mid-major conference in the country, only has two, but would have three if Creighton still counted. The Horizon League is always a good comparison for the MAC, and they have just one representative.

Along those lines, the Bobcats are among the leaders of the other mid-major conferences in terms of this poll and other rankings. Although many may not have heard of the schools around Ohio in the rankings, teams like North Dakota State, Mercer, Manhattan and Georgia State are all capable of picking up wins in the NCAA Tournament and have beaten some good high-major schools already.

Record Points Previous Conference
1 Wichita State (31) 23-0 775 1 Missouri Valley
2 Gonzaga 20-3 740 2 West Coast
3 Stephen F. Austin 20-2 689 7 Southland
4 Harvard 17-3 648 5 Ivy League
5 Toledo 18-3 638 3 Mid-American
6 Green Bay 18-4 634 4 Horizon
7 Indiana State 17-5 573 7 Missouri Valley
8 New Mexico State 17-7 517 15 WAC
9 North Dakota State 16-6 501 8 Summit
10 Ohio 16-5 487 14 Mid-American
11 UC Santa Barbara 14-6 459 19 Big West
12 Georgia State 15-6 421 20 Sun Belt
13 Mercer 18-6 366 12 Atlantic Sun
14 Canisius 16-7 331 22 Metro Atlantic
15 Manhattan 14-6 298 10 Metro Atlantic
16 Delaware 16-7 292 23 Colonial
17 Akron 14-7 245 16 Mid-American
18 Northern Colorado 13-6 222 13 Big Sky
19 IPFW 18-6 159 21 Summit
20 Saint Mary's 16-7 140 11 West Coast
21 Belmont 17-8 121 17 Ohio Valley
22 UC Irvine 14-9 96 18 Big West
23 North Carolina Central 15-5 79 24 MEAC
24 Princeton 12-5 75 9 Ivy League
25 BYU 15-9 73 NR West Coast

Other MAC teams receiving votes in the poll include Kent State (26), Buffalo (7), and Western Michigan (6).

Also, our friends at Mid-Major Madness put together their Power 15, which had Toledo at nine and Ohio at thirteen. Go check them out!

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