Top five mid-major teams

Wichita State, UMass among the best in the smaller conferences

Updated: December 10, 2013, 10:16 AM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Wichita State Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesRon Baker and Fred VanVleet have led Wichita State to a 9-0 record.

With conference realignment now an established fact, many of the usual suspects from past lists of "top mid-majors" are nowhere to be found. Butler, Creighton and Xavier are all in the Big East, while Memphis and Temple now do what they do in the American.

If you scanned that list of heavy hitters and wondered who's left to carry the mid-major flag, fear not. The "small" schools are well represented with big talent in 2013-14.

Here are my choices for the five top mid-majors at this moment:


1. Wichita State Shockers
9-0, Missouri Valley Conference