|Posted by Brian Dickmann on January 12, 2015 at 9:05 PM|
After three impressive victories by double digits in six days to open the Horizon League season, the Green Bay Phoenix have once again garnered votes in the AP Top 25 poll.
Green Bay rolled to victories over Wright State last Monday (79-55), at Milwaukee on Friday (79-63), and against Youngstown State on Sunday night (82-67).
GB received votes in this week's poll for the first time since January 27th of last year. The 3 votes received would rank the Phoenix 37th in the nation in this week's AP poll.
Green Bay has not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since March 5, 1996.
In other rankings released on Monday, the Phoenix remained at #4 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The top 6 teams remained unchanged from a week ago, with Gonzaga taking all the available first place votes, followed by Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Green Bay, Stephan F. Austin, and Valparaiso.
Meanwhile, in the weekly Mid-Major Madness Power 15, the Phoenix moved up 3 spots, up to #7 from #10 a week ago. This poll includes teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference as well as Conference USA. Gonzaga remained #1 with Wichita State, VCU, Dayton, and Northern Iowa rounding out the top 5.
Also on Monday, CBS Sport's Jerry Palm released an updated Bracketology with Green Bay holding on as a 12 seed in his latest projection. Palm has the Phoenix playing the #5 seed Oklahoma State in Louisville.
While ESPN's Joe Lunardi did not release a full bracket, he did release an updated seed list where teams would be slotted if the tournament started today, in his opinion. Lunardi slotted Green Bay 46th overall, which would equate to a 12 seed. It is important to note that in Lunardi's previous Bracketology release he did not have the Phoenix in the tournament due to Cleveland State being in first place in the Horizon League with a 2-0 record while GB had yet to play a game. In his view, Green Bay would not make the tournament as an at-large.
Lunardi's Monday "Bracket Math" places Syracuse as the last at-large team into the field as a #12 seed along with Green Bay, so while the Phoenix would be on the bubble, the only guarantee they have to make the tournament is to win the Horizon League Tournament this March.