February 8, 2010

Men's basketball once again a 10 in Mid-Major Top 25

CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 (Feb. 8)

GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado's overtime victory against Northern Arizona on Sunday afternoon helped the Bears make up the ground it lost in last week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.

The Bears, who outscored the Lumberjacks 14-7 in the extra period yesterday to earn a 70-63 victory in their only game of the week, received 441 points and the No. 10 spot in this week's coaches poll to once again reach their highest ever ranking in an NCAA Division I poll and run their school-record streak of being ranked in such polls to 12 weeks.

Northern Colorado was also ranked No. 10 two weeks ago but it fell a spot last week, to No. 11, after losing its first home game of the season.

Now, the Bears sit at 19-5 and 8-3 in the Big Sky Conference, just a game behind league-leader Weber State (15-8, 9-2). The Bears and the Wildcats will face off Saturday night in Ogden, Utah, an a highly anticipated matchup.

Butler (No. 1), Northern Iowa, Gonzaga, Cornell and Siena make up the top five teams in this week's poll. The Bears are also behind St. Mary's (No. 6), Murray State, Northeastern and Wichita State.

Weber State, the only other Big Sky team ranked in this week's poll, fell from No. 23 to No. 25, and Montana, which has won seven of eight, received 11 points to move up within the "Others receiving votes" category.

The poll of mid-major coaches is now in its eleventh season and is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt and West Coast.