February 15, 2010

Loss to Weber costs Bears six spots in Mid-Major Top 25

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CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 (Feb. 15)

GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado men's basketball's loss to Weber State on Saturday night cost the Bears (20-6, 9-4 Big Sky) more than just a clean shot at their first Big Sky Conference regular-season championship.

It also sent them tumbling a bit in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 -- all the way down to No. 16, a six spot fall from last week's school-record tying No. 10 mark.

The Wildcats (17-8, 11-2), on the strength of their 81-76 victory at Dee Events Center, catapulted 10 spots, all the way up to No. 15, giving the Big Sky Conference two teams in the top 20.

Northern Colorado received 263 points in this week's survey to maintain its school-record NCAA Division I ranked status for 13 weeks.

The Bears are just ahead of No. 17 Sam Houston State, No. 18 Coastal Carolina, No. 19 VCU and No. 20 Western Carolina.

Butler (26 first-place votes and 770 points overall) is the top pick in this week's poll, with Gonzaga, Northern Iowa, Murray State and Cornell rounding out the top five.

Montana, which defeated Portland State and lost to Eastern Washington this weekend, received 10 points and is mentioned among those teams receiving votes.

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.