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Men D2 College Rankings 2021 Week 10

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Men D2 College Rankings 2021 Week 10

Thomas More over Marian was the shocker of the week. Stephen Oldfield photo.

Well the rankings took a bit of a hit in playoff time.

This isn't the first time that's happened, and the reason is even more pronounced—we don't see a lot of teams cross over from one conference to another, or even from one division within a conference to the other side, and in this post-COVID-shutdown time that lack of crossover data has been even tougher to make up for.

Still, it wasn't a complete bloodbath. The #1 team survived (although #2 lost in a close one). Overall, higher ranked teams won eight and lost six this week. Thomas More over Marian was the biggest surprise. Georgia Tech over Memphis wasn't much of a shocker at all, really, as they were ranked very close. We didn't have Drexel ranked because we hadn't seen them against tough opposition (same with Georgetown at #39). But they showed they deserve to be in the rankings.

Georgetown's downing of Bucknell happened because we had some other teams ranked highly because of reputation, so when Bucknell beat those teams were we like "wow" when we should have been like "huh."

UNC-Wilmington's victory over Furman is predictable too because UNCW was getting better and better through the season and Furman is pretty young. We still think the Great Midwest teams are strong and any of the three in the playoffs could win it all on the right day. But could the champion be #23 Virginia? Sure it could. Could it be #3 Principia? Of course. And Thomas More, moving from #10 to #34; could they move to #1? Why not? 

(We moved East Carolina down despite their not having done anything one way or the other because we had Citadel too low and needed to nudge them up a bit, while also bringing a team Citadel beat down below them. And we can't move any idle team up too drastically because there are so many important games actually being played.)

Rank Prev Team Conference Notes
1 1 Norwich (VT) New England-Wide Beat UMass-Lowell (8)
2 3 Adrian (MI) Great Lakes Beat Michigan Selects
3 5 Principia (IL) Gateway  
4 6 UNC-Charlotte (NC) Southern  
5 9 Illinois State (IL) Great MW Beat Northern Iowa (2)
6 8 UMass-Lowell (MA) New England-Wide Lost to Norwich (1)
7 10 IUP (PA) Allegheny Beat Kent State
8 20 UNC-Wilmington (NC) Southern Beat Furman (7)
9 2 Northern Iowa (IA) Great MW Lost to Illinois State (9)
10 34 Thomas More (KY) MCRC Beat Marian (4)
11 12 Marquette (WI) Great MW Beat UW-Whitewater (14)
12 7 Furman (SC) Southern Lost to UNC-Wilmington (20)
13 4 Marian (IN) MCRC Lost to Thomas More (34)
14 18 Georgia Tech (GA) SCRC Beat Memphis (16)
15 15 Vermont (VT) New England-Wide Beat Providence (24)
16 39 Georgetown (DC) MARC Beat Drexel, Bucknell (11)
17 19 Montana State (MT) Rocky Mountain  
18 11 Bucknell (PA) MARC Beat Villanova (21), lost to Georgetown (39)
19 16 Memphis (TN) SCRC Lost to Georgia-Tech (18)
20 17 Auburn (AL) SCRC  
21 13 Central Michigan (MI) Great Lakes  
22 Unr Drexel (PA) MARC Lost to Georgetown (39), beat Villanova (21)
23 33 Virginia (VA) Cardinals Beat VCU
24 21 Villanova (PA) MARC Lost to Bucknell (11), Drexel
25 14 UW-Whitewater (WI) Great MW Lost to Marquette (12)
26 26 Marist (NY) Tri-State Beat RPI (37)
27 24 Providence (RI) New England-Wide Lost to Vermont (15)
28 22 SLU (MO) Gateway  
29 28 UNC (NC) Southern  
30 25 Pitt State (KS) Gateway  
31 32 Citadel (SC) Southern  
32 23 East Carolina Southern  
33 30 Boston University (MA) New England-Wide  
34 31 Belmont Abbey (NC) Southern Forfeit win
35 27 Coast Guard (CT) New England-Wide  
36 29 UMS&T (MO) Gateway  
37 35 UW-Platteville (WI) Great MW  
38 38 Grand Valley State (MI) Great Lakes  
39 36 USMMA (NY) Tri-State  
40 37 RPI (NY) Tri-State XXXX