Coming off the heels of its charity scrimmage win at Oklahoma last weekend, the defending Sun Belt regular season champion UTA men's basketball team is rated second in the country behind Saint Mary's College (Calif.) in NBCSports.com's 2017-18 Mid-Major Preseason Power Rankings.
College basketball writer Raphielle Johnson, who puts together the annual mid-major power rankings, excludes members of the ACC, American, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC. He also leaves out BYU and Gonzaga from the West Coast Conference.
Saint Mary's is rated at the top, followed by UTA, Missouri State, Oklahoma and Middle Tennessee as the top 5. UTA's Dec. 9 opponent Florida Gulf Coast University is rated 10th.