For mid-major teams building résumés for March, Thanksgiving tournaments can make or break a season. Missouri State tops this week's mid-major poll.
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It doesn't matter that neither is ranked. The Bulldogs and Coyotes put on a show Wednesday and are two teams nobody should want to play come March.
The No. 1 spot is up for grabs as the Bulldogs and Coyotes play Wednesday. For now, Missouri State, Rice and Gonzaga round out the top five.
Becca Hittner is back for Drake. Ciara Duffy returns for South Dakota. Erica Ogwumike again leads Rice. No wonder their teams open as 1-2-3.
Simone Westbrook scored 27 points, Danielle Edwards added 25 and ninth-seeded Clemson pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 8 seed South Dakota 79-66 on Friday in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament.
Macy Miller finished with 30 points, giving her 2,295 to set the Summit League's career mark, to help South Dakota State beat South Dakota 83-71 on Tuesday to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Macy Miller scored 28 points and Tagyn Larson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead South Dakota State over No. 23 South Dakota 82-78 in overtime on Sunday and take command of the Summit League race.
Ciara Duffy scored 16 points and Monica Arens 12, with both sinking four 3-pointers, and No. 23 South Dakota avenged its only Summit League loss this season with a 73-58 victory over Denver on Thursday night.
The Coyotes and Jackrabbits, two teams none of this season's favorites wants to play in March, meet Sunday in the best mid-major game of the season.
Summit League rivals South Dakota and South Dakota State are Nos. 1 and 2. Rice, Gonzaga and Florida Gulf Coast round out the top five.
Hannah Sjerven scored 20 points and No. 25 South Dakota celebrated its first appearance in the Top 25 on Saturday with an 83-61 win over Western Illinois for the Coyotes' second 10-game winning streak of the season.
The South Dakota Coyotes are ranked for the first time in program history, entering this week's Associated Press women's basketball poll at No. 25.
South Dakota, Gonzaga and South Dakota State remain 1-2-3 in espnW's mid-major rankings. Rice made the biggest jump, moving up six spots to No. 4.
Gonzaga's stumble against BYU opened the No. 1 spot for South Dakota, which is joined by fellow Summit power South Dakota State in the top three.
Gonzaga is the new No. 1 team in espnW's mid-major top 10. Central Michigan, South Dakota, UAB and Ohio round out the top five.
South Dakota replaced Drake as the No. 1 team in espnW's mid-major top 10, with South Dakota State and Gonzaga rounding out the top three.
Drake, South Dakota and Gonzaga helped mid-majors to their best Bracketology showing, while South Carolina is in unfamiliar territory as an 8-seed.
Belmont jumped one spot to No. 2 in our updated mid-major rankings, but the Bruins still trail No. 1 Drake, which is 6-1 and beat South Carolina.
With all five starters back, the Bulldogs are balanced and experienced. South Dakota State, Belmont, South Dakota and Bucknell round out the top five.
The NCAA tournament field is taking shape, as five more automatic bids were won Tuesday. That left South Dakota on the wrong side of the bubble, and Minnesota, Rutgers, Creighton and Nebraska as the "last four in."
First the first time in program history, Belmont broke into the AP Top 25 last week. And after Green Bay stumbled, the Bruins are the new mid-major No. 1.
For most mid-majors, three days in March can either confirm or erase four months of work. These are the hottest mid-majors to watch as Championship Week -- and possibly an NCAA bid -- awaits.
Several mid-major teams are close to wrapping up unbeaten conference seasons, including Missouri Valley leader Drake, which replaces Green Bay in the top spot of our mid-major rankings.
For the first time this season, little changed at the top of Graham Hays' mid-major rankings. But while the top four stayed the same, Colorado State landed at No. 6 and James Madison at No. 9.
For two straight polls, the No. 1 team in espnW's mid-major rankings promptly lost. So the top spot changes hands for the fourth time in five tries, with Green Bay returning for a second go.