November 30, 2009

Men's hoops gains two spots in Mid-Major Top 25

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Mid-Major Top 25 poll (Nov. 30)

GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado men's basketball just keeps on gaining momentum.

The Bears have moved up to No. 23 in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll after earning a 70-63 victory against North Dakota last Friday afternoon in Grand Forks, N.D.

Northern Colorado, which received 112 points in this week's poll of mid-major coaches, debuted last week (No. 25) in a NCAA Division I poll for the first time in its 108 years of collegiate basketball history.

Gonzaga (31 first-place votes and 775 points overall) owns the top spot in this week's poll, with Butler, Portland, Northern Iowa and Illinois State rounding out the top five.

The Bears (6-0) will put their ranking on the line three times this week, with their home opener against Colorado State coming at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow and their first two Big Sky games coming Friday and Saturday nights at Montana State and Montana.

And like last week, Northern Colorado is the only team from the Big Sky Conference in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll. Montana (4-2) is receiving eight 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.