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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/18/2011

San Diego State, Brigham Young top list of best non-BCS conference teams

By Eric Prisbell

Here is a look at the top teams from outside the top six power conferences (only games against division I opponents reflected in records):

1) San Diego State (19-0)
Vs. top 50: 4-0
Best win: UNLV (21 in RPI)
As of today: No. 2 seed in NCAAs

2) Brigham Young (16-1)
Vs. top 50: 4-0
Best win: UNLV (21)
As of today: No. 3 seed

3) Temple (12-4)
Vs. top 50: 2-2
Best win: Georgetown (7)
As of today: No. 6-8 seed

4) Nevada-Las Vegas (14-4)
Vs. top 50: 1-3
Best win: Wisconsin (29)
As of today: No. 6-8 seed

5) Central Florida (13-2)
Vs. top 50: 2-0
Best win: Florida (17)
As of today: No. 8-10 seed

6) St. Mary's (14-2)
Vs. top 50: 1-2
Best win: St. John's (14)
As of today: No. 7-9 seed

7) Gonzaga (12-5)
Vs. top 50: 3-3
Best win: Xavier (39)
As of today: No. 8-10 seed

8) Missouri State (15-3)
Vs. top 50: 1-2
Best win: Wichita State (42)
As of today: No. 10-12 seed

9) Old Dominion (13-4)
Vs. top 50: 2-2
Best win: Xavier (39)
As of today: No. 11-13 seed

10) Utah State (16-2)
Vs. top 50: 0-2
Best win: Long Beach (86)
As of today: No. 11-13 seed

Also keep an eye on: Oakland (12-8), Wichita State (15-3), Xavier (11-5)

By Eric Prisbell  | January 18, 2011; 12:53 PM ET
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As always, there's some intriguing non-BCS squads out there. What's interesting is how some of the teams we're accustomed to seeing at the top of this list are a little down this season -- Xavier, Butler, Gonzaga - though the Zags remain in the list. Some are struggling to remain consistent - Temple wins excellent games against G'town and v Maryland in DC, then they get drubbed at Duquesne. Richmond beats Purdue on a neutral court but loses at home to Bucknell and Rhode Island. We'll see who ends up being a factor in March. SDSU seems like the real deal.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 18, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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