Gonzaga remains No. 1, and UAB moves to No. 2, but Ohio, Central Michigan, Buffalo and Toledo give the poll plenty of Mid-American flavor.
Gonzaga is the new No. 1 team in espnW's mid-major top 10. Central Michigan, South Dakota, UAB and Ohio round out the top five.
UAB men's coach Jerod Haase is paying for the bulk of cost of attendance on both the men's and women's teams -- sources says $23,000 each -- after the school wasn't able to do so this past year.
Audra Smith knows how to succeed as a player in the Atlantic Coast Conference. She's eager to do it again as Clemson's new women's basketball coach.