Here is ZoneDeeSports’ inaugural Mid-Major poll.
The Hawks have big wins over UCLA, Notre Dame, USC and Georgetown. Monmouth is 2-2 versus top-50 teams and 4-2 against top-100 programs.
2. Arkansas-Little Rock (10-1)
The Trojans had their 10-game winning streak snapped by Texas Tech in their last game. UALR is 3-1 against top-150 clubs with the wins coming against teams ranked 51-150.
3. Evansville (11-2)
The Purple Aces have won four-of-five and eight-of-nine. Evansville has 10 victories over Division I programs and is 3-2 against top-150, all over teams ranked between 101-150.
3. Valparaiso (10-2)
The Crusaders have nine wins against Division I teams and is 4-1 in games without their second-leading scorer Tevonn Walker. Valparaiso has won four straight and their two losses are by a combined nine points.
5. Tennessee-Chattanooga (10-2)
The Mocs have eight Division I wins and have key victories over Dayton as well as Georgia. Chattanooga is 5-1 when missing some of its top players and 3-1 overall against teams ranked in the top-100.
6. Louisiana Tech (10-2)
The Bulldogs have eight Division I victories and are 6-1 when missing one of their top players. Louisiana Tech is 1-2 versus top-50 teams and 2-2 against top-100 squads.
7. UT-Arlington (9-2)
The Mavericks have eight victories over Division I teams. UT-Arlington has three victories over teams ranked between 51-150, including two over top-100 squads.
8.James Madison (10-3).
The Dukes have nine victories over Division I teams and have won eight in a row. JMU has one victory over a top-50 team though they are only 2-1 against teams ranked in the top-150. The Dukes are also 2-1 without their top-players.
9.Southern Illinois (11-2)
All 11 of the Sulakis wins have come against Division I teams. SIU has two victories over against top-100 teams and is 2-1 when missing a key player or two.
10. Oakland (7-4)
The Golden Grizzlies are 3-4 against top-150 teams and have narrow losses to Michigan State and Georgia. All seven of Oakland’s wins are against Division I teams.
11. Grand Canyon (11-2)
The Antelopes have 10 victories over Division I programs, which includes the Global Sports Classic championship. Grand Canyon has two victories over teams ranked between 101-150.
12. South Dakota State (10-3)
The Jackrabbits have eight wins over Division I teams but two of their losses have come when a few of their top players did not play, South Dakota State is 3-2 against top-150 teams.
13. Siena (8-4)
The Saints have eight wins against Division I teams and is 3-2 versus top-150 teams. Siena has victory over St. Bonaventure and close losses to Cornell as well as St. Peter’s.
14. Hawaii (8-2)
15. Charleston (8-3)
Other teams in consideration: Albany (9-4), Hawaii (8-2), Northeastern (8-4) Hofstra (6-4), Milwaukee (7-4), Northern Iowa (8-4) and Mercer (9-3).