Thursday, January 21, 2010

Men's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 1-21-10

1. Quincy 16-0 Quincy is the only undefeated team eligible for the NCAA tournament, and the team’s defense is the best eligible defense in its conference. They look to continue their winning streak against Drury.
2. *Southern Indiana 16-0 Despite all the challenges in Evansville, the Screaming Eagles will continue to show their power after their tragic loss.
3. Kentucky Wesleyan 18-2 Kentucky Wesleyan is knocking of the door of the conference leader board, and the game against Northern Kentucky should look to improve their statistics.
4. Drury 13-3 Drury’s offense is rank number one in terms of NCAA tournament eligible teams. The team could has the potential to bring Quincy its first loss.
5. Findlay 12-3 Findlay leads the GLIAC in offense and defense. The team looks to seal the victory in the next three games on its schedule.
6. Grand Valley 12-3 Grand Valley’s defense in the GLIAC has proved successful, and its next two games should be guaranteed wins, but Wayne State, although ranked 15th, has a close defense and slightly better offense, and may prove problematic for GVSU in the future
7. Bellarmine 12-6 Bellarmine faces a team next with a slightly better defense in the GLVC, but since Northern Kentucky’s offense is ranked near the bottom, Bellarmine looks to take the easy win in this matchup.
8. Lewis 11-6 Lewis has a top 5 conference defense, and it should look to improve both its defensive and offensive stats with its next matchup against Missouri S&T
9. Saginaw Valley 10-5 Saginaw Valley’s rebounding offense, which is ranked first in the GLIAC, should guarantee the win in its next contest against Michigan Tech.
10. Rockhurst 11-7 Rockhurst ranks 3rd in the GLVC in steals, which will help the team defeat Illinois-Springfield in the Thursday night game.
11. Indianapolis 10-7 Indianapolis will need its high free throw percentage, as well as its number one conference 3-pt defense if it plans to beat undefeated USI.
12. Missouri- St. Louis 10-7 Missouri-St. Louis’s best stat is their rebounding defense, which is 5th in their conference. The next contest against St. Joseph will be a pretty evenly matched game.
13. Lake Superior State 9-6 Lake Superior State leads the GLIAC in assists. This kind of teamwork should secure the victory against Northern Michigan.
14. St. Joseph’s 9-7 St. Joseph is ranked 2nd in its conference in steals, which could help steal the win against Missouri-St. Louis.
15. Wayne State 8-6 Wayne State leads the conference in turnovers. As long as they can keep possession of the ball, they can look forward to a win against Ferris State.
16. Northern Kentucky 9-8 Northern Kentucky ranks third in its conference in blocked shots, which will definitely be needed in its next game against Kentucky Wesleyan.
17. Ferris State 8-7 Ferris State is ranked second in the GLIAC in blocked shots and tied for second in assists. The strong defense and teamwork may turn the game around, and put the win in their favor over Wayne State.
18. Ashland 8-7 Ashland holds the other 2nd place spot in assists in the GLIAC, and is also 2nd in offensive rebounds, which will help generate a win against Hillsdale.
19. *Illinois-Springfield 7-7 Illinois-Springfield leads the GLVC in offensive rebounds. They will need to make the best of every rebound in order to scrape up a win against Rockhurst.
20. Northern Michigan 7-7 Northern Michigan is ranked 3rd in defensive rebounds. Turning those rebounds into points will be essential to try to get the win against Lake Superior State.
21. Northwood 7-7 Northwood’s rebounding offense is 2nd on the GLIAC stat list. Taking advantage of every rebound will be key if the team hopes to come out on top of the matchup against Grand Valley.
22. UW-Parkside 7-11 UW-Parkside is ranked fourth in its conference in blocked shots. Their contest against Maryville looks to be in their favor.
23. Michigan Tech 4-11 Michigan Tech holds the 2nd place spot in 3-pt field goals in the GLIAC. Draining those shots will be absolutely necessary in order to win against Saginaw Valley.
24. Lake Erie College 6-13 Lake Erie narrowly lost a game against Kentucky Wesleyan earlier in the season, 73-75. If they can rally a game like this again, they can look to beat Urbana in Saturday’s game.
25. Hillsdale 3-11 Hillsdale ranks 2nd in the GLIAC in 3-pt field goals made. It will be a question of whether or not this will be enough to win over Ashland.
26. Missouri S&T 5-12 Missouri S&T ranks higher than its next opponent, Lewis, in steals. The team will need to steal the ball often to hope for the win against Lewis.
27. *Maryville 2-15 Maryville is ranked 3rd in rebounding offense in the GLVC. Rebounding, followed by scored baskets, will need to be frequent to hope for a victory against UW-Parkside.
28. Tiffin 1-14 Tiffin outranks Findlay in blocked shots, but will have to pull out a lot more if they plan to beat Findlay in the next contest between the two.

*-Not eligible for postseason tournaments

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