- Duke: 25-2:
The Blue Devils benefit from the rest of the best losing this week. Duke has also won 6 in a row. Above all else they have proven that they can win a national title with this core of players. They beat subpar ACC competition in Georgia Tech and Virginia this week.
The week ahead: Duke hosts Temple and visits Virginia Tech.
2. Ohio State:25-2:
Both Buckeye losses came from top 15 ranked Big Ten schools on the road. Without a bad loss Ohio State earns the number two spot in this week’s top 25. Ohio State beat Michigan State but got chopped down E’Twaun Moore and Purdue. Jared Sullinger has made 16 of his last 17 free throws.
The week ahead: Ohio State welcomes both Illinois and Indiana to Columbus. They beat the Illini by 5 the first time and baffled the Hoosiers with an 18 point beating.
The Longhorns undefeated run in the Big 12 was bound to end but Lincoln was a surprising stopping point. Texas still beat Kansas in Lawrence and walloped Texas A&M twice. The Cornhuskers held the Longhorns’ leading scorer Jordan Hamilton to just 3/16 from the field.
The week ahead: The Longhorns will lock horns with Big 12 North foes Iowa State and Colorado.
The Jayhawks were smoked by K-State, but returned to rampage over the Buffaloes. The Morris brothers combined for 42 points and 24 rebounds in the win against CU. They combined for just 16 points and 3 rebounds in the loss to the Wildcats.
The week ahead: The Jayhawks will clash with a pair of Oklahoma foes. They welcome the Cowboys to Phog Allen and travel to Norman to face the Soooners.
The Panthers became to the latest top 10 victim of Saint John’s. However, their loss was far from embarrassing as Dwight Hardy’s nothing but net lay up stunned the Panthers. Pitt also has to look at the positive from the loss. Leading scorer, Ashton Gibbs returned from injury and posted a career high 26b points in defeat.
The week ahead: Pitt renews its backyard brawl with West Virginia and visits Louisville. They beat the Mountaineers two weeks ago 71-66.
6. BYU: 25-2:
The Cougars manhandled both Utah and TCU. BYU’s defense has limited five straight opponents to less than 65 points.
The week ahead: The Cougars play the 2ndand 3rdbest teams in the Mountain West Conference. Colorado State comes to Provo and the Cougars visit San Diego State with a 2 seed in the big dance on the line. BYU beat both teams in their first encounters.
7.San Diego State: 27-1:
The Aztecs continued their fantastic season. They bested both New Mexico and Air Force. Malcolm Thomas played a big role in the team’s winning ways this past week averaging 21 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last week.
The week ahead: SDSU has a week to prepare for a chance to avenge their only loss against BYU this Saturday.
8. Purdue: 22-5:
The Boilermakers provided Purdue fans a picture perfect week. They beat both Wisconsin and Ohio State. E’Twaun Moore had 38 points and 7 three pointers in the win over the Buckeyes. Teammate JaJuan Johnson led the way with 20 points 10 boards and 4 blocks in the win against the Badgers.
The week ahead: Purdue looks to continue their success away from home when they play rival Indiana and Michigan State on the road. They beat both teams by double digits this season.
9.Notre Dame: 21-5:
The Fighting Irish fell to West Virginia but prevailed over South Florida earlier in the week. Notre Dame shot 35% from the field and forced only 4 Mountaineer turnovers as their 7 game winning streak came to an end.
The week ahead: The Irish play at Providence and host Seton Hall before a tough final week of Big East play.
10. Georgetown: 21-6:
The Hoyas lost to UConn in Storrs, but rebounded with a win against South Florida. Georgetown has won 9 of their last 10 games. Charles Wright has started to heat up averaging over 20 points and 4 three pointers per game in his last 3 contests.
The week ahead: The Hoyas welcome both Cincinnati and rival Syracuse to the nation’s capital. They outshined the Orange in their first meeting, a 64-56 win.
11. Louisvlle: 20-7:
The Cardinals overcame a mid week loss to Cincinnati and established their superiority over UConn, defeating the Huskies for the 2ndtime this season. Louisville has loss three of their last 6 games Peyton Siva scored 15 points a had 6 steals against UConn. It was the first time he posted double figures the last time they played UConn.
The week ahead: The Cardinals take a trip to Rutgers and will attempt to derail Pitt at home.
12. Wisconsin: 20-6:
The Badgers stumbled at Purdue but responded with a vengeance victory over Penn State Wisconsin was just of 3/19 from beyond the arc against Purdue. They were 11/22 from three point land against Penn State.
The week ahead: The Badgers visit mediocre Michigan and welcome Northwestern to Wisconsin. They beat Michigan by 16 and shellacked Northwestern with a 32 point whooping earlier this season.
The Gators enjoyed a light week of competition, holding off LSU, 68-61, in their only game of the week. Florida shoots just 66% from the foul line, but top scorers Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton shoot 78% and 83% and have made more than half of the team’s free throws this season.
The week ahead: The Gators finish SEC play by playing the four best teams in the conference in the last 2 weeks. This week Georgia drops by the swamp and Florida visits Kentucky. The beat the Dawgs in double overtime and overcame Kentucky by 2 points earlier this season.
14. UConn: 20-6:
The Huskies had a roller coaster week. They knocked off Georgetown, but looked lackluster against Louisville. Kemba Walker looked Phenomenal against the Hoyas. He posted 31 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds against Georgetown. He had 16 points and 3 assists and went just 3/10 from the field against Louisville.
The week ahead: UConn will face Marquette at home and clash with Cincinnati on the road. They beat Marquette 76-68 in round one.
15. Arizona: 23-4:
The Wildcats survived the Washington teams at home this week. They bested Washington State 79-70 and beat Washington 87-86 on a last second block by Derrick Williams. Williams carries Arizona. He posted 26 points in both games last week. He also had 19 rebounds and sank 20/21 from the charity stripe last week.
The week ahead: Arizona spends a week in Los Angeles with road contests against USC and UCLA. They beat both squads in the last week of January.
16. North Carolina: 20-6:
The Tar Heels demolished Wake Forest, but narrowly escaped Boston College in a 48-46 defensive struggle. They held BC to 27% from the field, but they were only able to get to the line 8 times in the game.
The week ahead: The Tar Heels meet interstate rival NC State in Raleigh and take on Maryland at Chapel Hill. They beat the Wolfpack by 20 in theirs first meeting.
The Wildcats snuck past mediocre competition. The beat Seton Hall by 3 points and edged DePaul by 2 in overtime. Senior, Corey Fisher, put his team on his back, tallying 34 points against the Blue Demons. However, he will need to limit his fouls. He has 4 or more fouls in 4 of his last 5 games including fouling out against Pitt.
The week ahead: Villanova hosts Syracuse and St. John’s . They played one of their best games earlier this season when they beat Syracuse 83-72 in the Carrier Dome.
18. Syracuse: 22-6:
The Orange looked good in their 11 point win against West Virginia, but barely survived a challenge from Rutgers with 87-84 OT win. The Orange rank 2ndin the NCAA in blocks per game. Rick Jackson averages 2.5 of the teams 6.5 rejections per game.
The week ahead: It will a tough week for the Orange with road games against Villanova and Georgetown. They failed to beat either team at home.
The Aggies fended off Iowa State and slipped past Oklahoma State with a one point win. Texas A&M forced 32 turnovers in the two victories last week. The have won their last four games, but all of them were decided by 5 or less points.
The week ahead: The Aggies welcome Oklahoma and travel to Baylor this week. They beat the Sooners by 18 earlier this year, but loss in OT to Baylor.
20. Missouri: 21-6:
The Tigers finally got their first road win in conference with a six point and fended off Texas Tech. Marcus Denmon had 20 points against the Red Raiders and dropped 25 on Iowa State. The Tigers are the true definition of a team with 5 players averaging over 10 points per game.
The week ahead: Missouri meets Baylor at Mizzou Arena, then journeys to Manhattan to play K-State. They defeated the Wildcats 75-59 in Columbia.
21. Vanderbilt: 20-6:
The Commodores had one of the most impressive wins of the week when they rallied from a 14 point in Georgia to beat the Dawgs 64-56. They also throttled Auburn, 77-60. John Jenkins has posted over 20 points in 4straight games and sank 16 three balls in his last 3 games.
The week ahead: The Commodores play Tennessee for state bragging rights. They also journey to Baton Rouge to play LSU. The Vols beat Vandy by 3 in Knoxville.
22 . St. John’s:17-9:
The Red Storm beat their 5thtop 15 team with last second heroics from Dwight Hardy. The senior Guard also dropped 28 earlier in the week against Marquette. He is an 86% free throw shooter. Madison Square Garden has become a house of horror for visiting ranked teams.
The week ahead: The Red Storm will welcome DePaul to the Garden and take to the road to play Villanova where the nation will see if they can take their giant slayer act away from home.
23. Xavier: 20-6:
The Musketeers cruised past the worst two teams in the A-10 this week, beating St. Joe’s and Fordham. Junior Guard, Tu Holloway, did a LeBron James impersonation with a triple-double against Fordham. How often do six foot guards grab 11 boards?
The week ahead: Xavier will meet LaSalle at home and Dayton on the road. They eclipsed Dayton 81-76 at home earlier this year.
The Owls cemented their 2ndplace in the A-10 with a 20 point win over Richmond. They also victimized St. Joe’s with a 66-54 win. Ramone Moore had 24 points and 6 three pointers in the win over Richmond.
The week ahead: The Owls have late season non conference showdown at Duke. They also play at George Washington.
25. Cincinnati: 21-6
The Bearcats upset Louisville and survived an OT scare from Providence to narrowly beat out Utah State for the final spot in this week’s top 25. They also have beaten 3 top 25 teams (Xavier, Louisville and St. John’s).
The week ahead: The Bearcats have a rough week with a game at Georgetown and a home contest with UConn. They play two of their last four games against the Hoyas.