|Posted by Brian Dickmann on December 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM|
The Green Bay Phoenix split a pair of games this past week, falling 72-70 to UC-Irvine in the championship game of the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon as well as gaining an important 78-61 victory over Georgia State on Saturday at the Resch Center.
The split resulted in a slight slip for the Phoenix in the two mid-major rankings, with Green Bay falling a spot to #5 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, and falling two spots to #8 in the Mid-Major Madness Power 15.
The top 5 of the CollegeInsider.com version has Gonzaga at #1, receiving all 31 first place votes. Northern Iowa, Wichita State, Horizon League rival Valparaiso, and Green Bay round out the top five.
In the Mid-Major Madness Power 15, which includes Atlantic-10 Conference teams, Gonzaga is also #1 and received all of the first place votes. The rest of the top five are Wichita State, Northern Iowa, VCU, and Old Dominion. Dayton (#6) and George Washington (#7) also are ahead of Green Bay.
Green Bay's hopes for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament took a big hit following last week's loss to UC-Irvine. Still, with an RPI below 50 and a couple of quality wins, the Phoenix will remain in the at-large discussion. Two or more losses the rest of the way would likely mean GB will have to win the Horizon League Tournament in order to make the NCAAs.
The Phoenix wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule on Wednesday afternoon at the Resch Center. Green Bay hosts Chicago State at noon in a New Year's Eve matinee and then begins conference play when Wright State comes to town January 5th.