By Bob DiCesare
It's no surprise Canisius has finally cracked the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The surprise is that they debut at No. 22, 12 spots behind Manhattan despite leading the Jaspers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings and sitting three spots higher in the RPIs.
But the Griffs are satisfied that at least they're attracting some notice after winning 8 of their last 11 and maintaining a share of the conference lead with 8 games left on the MAAC schedule.
Wichita State tops the charts, of course, and owns all 31 first-place votes. Among the Big 4 conferences, Toledo is No. 3, Manhattan No. 10, Ohio No. 14 and Akron No. 16. The MAAC has two coaches on the poll, Jimmy Patsos of Siena and Tom Moore of conference newcomer Quinnipiac. The Mid-American Conference also has a pair: Tod Kowalczyk of Toledo and Steve Hawkins of Western Michigan.
It's been a good week for the Griffs on the publicity front. Billy Baron was named the Lute Olson national mid-major player of the week after totaling 70 points in wins over Niagara and Marist.
The collegeinsider.com poll:
|1.||Wichita State (31)||21-0||775||1||Missouri Valley|
|6.||Indiana State||16-4||630||6||Missouri Valley|
|7.||Stephen F. Austin||18-2||566||7||Southland|
|8.||North Dakota State||15-5||523||10||Summit|
|11.||Saint Mary's||16-5||466||11||West Coast|
|13.||Northern Colorado||13-4||353||15||Big Sky|
|15.||New Mexico State||15-7||314||16||WAC|
|18.||UC Irvine||13-8||224||14||Big West|
|19.||UC Santa Barbara||12-6||165||18||Big West|
|20.||Georgia State||14-6||156||25||Sun Belt|
|24.||North Carolina Central||13-5||66||NR||MEAC|
Notice that Chattanooga also slipped in at No. 25. Former UB player and assistant coach Turner Battle is an assistant with the Mocs.
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