By Jesse Kramer
1. Indiana (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten)
The Hoosiers suffered a last-second loss at unranked Illinois early in the week, but they responded with a 13-point win at Ohio State on Saturday. Despite losing to the Illini, Indiana is still playing like the best team in the nation.
2. Miami-FL (19-3, 10-0 ACC)
Miami blew out Boston College and North Carolina at home to improve to 10-0 in the ACC. The Hurricanes are now ranked No. 8 on kenpom.com.
3. Michigan (21-3, 8-3 Big Ten)
Michigan defeated Ohio State on Tuesday but lost to Wisconsin in overtime on Saturday. It’s been a rough stretch for the Wolverines, but the road gets a bit easier after they face Michigan State on Tuesday.
4. Duke (21-2, 8-2 ACC)
Duke survived at Boston College, 62-61, on Sunday night to be the only team in the AP Top 5 to avoid a loss last week. Still, the Blue Devils simply not looked as good in the absence of Ryan Kelly.
5. Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten)
Sparty is once again tied with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten after the Hoosiers’ loss to Illinois. In its next six games, Michigan State has five Top-25 opponents (Michigan twice, Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin).
6. Syracuse (20-3, 8-2 Big East)
After losing back-to-back games for the first time this season, Syracuse defeated Notre Dame and St. John’s fairly easily last week.
7. Florida (19-3, 9-1 SEC)
The Gators were embarrassed by Arkansas on Tuesday, but they responded with a blowout of Mississippi State on Saturday. The question that will be answered over the next few weeks is whether the performance in Fayetteville was a fluke or an initial exposure of larger problems.
8. Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 WCC)
Gonzaga has dominated its WCC competition, but that could change when the Zags play at St. Mary’s on Thursday.
9. Butler (20-4, 7-2 A10)
Butler survived George Washington’s comeback attempt to Saturday to stay tied for first place in the Atlantic 10.
10. Arizona (20-3, 8-3 Pac-12)
Once again, Arizona suffered a setback at home, this time to California. The Wildcats are now part of a three-way tie with Oregon and UCLA for first-place in the Pac-12.
11. Georgetown (17-4, 7-3 Big East)
Georgetown has been one of the hottest teams in the country in the past month. After starting Big East play at 0-2, the Hoyas have won seven of eight games, including two wins over the Top 25.
12. Kansas State (19-4, 8-2 Big 12)
The Wildcats are in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 for the first time this season. We’ll see if that holds when they play at Kansas on Monday night.
13. Ohio State (17-6, 7-4 Big Ten)
Thad Matta’s club played a pair of top-three teams, Michigan and Indiana, but failed to capitalize on either opportunity.
14. Louisville (19-5, 7-4 Big East)
Louisville lost a thriller to Notre Dame in five overtimes, and once again the Cardinals’ late-game execution was disconcerting. They missed two free throws in the final minute of regulation, and in the first and fifth overtimes they settled for very long three-pointers by Russ Smith.
15. Oklahoma State (17-5, 7-3 Big East)
The Cowboys have been red hot recently and are finally reaching their potential. They sit one game behind Kansas State and still get to face the Wildcats and Kansas at home before the season’s end.
16. Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4 Big East)
The Panthers have been winners in seven of their last eight games and now sit only one game out of first place in the Big East. Their next three games are at Marquette, vs. Notre Dame and at St. John’s.
17. New Mexico (20-4, 7-2 MWC)
New Mexico’s three-game winning streak ended with a 64-55 loss at UNLV. The Lobos still hold a half-game lead over Colorado State in the Mountain West title race.
18. Kansas (19-4, 7-3 Big 12)
Kansas’ midseason crisis continued with losses to Texas Christian and Oklahoma last week. The road ahead will not be too easy, either; on Monday the Jayhawks face Kansas State, and on February 20 they play at Oklahoma State.
19. Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten)
In two games last week, Wisconsin had to play three overtimes, and the Badgers come out victorious both times. They are now one game out of first place in the Big Ten, and they can separate themselves from the middle of the pack with wins over Minnesota and Ohio State this week.
20. Marquette (17-5, 8-2 Big East)
Marquette is tied for first place in the Big East, but according to kenpom.com the Golden Eagles have played the second-easiest Big East schedule.
21. Saint Louis (18-5, 7-2 A10)
Saint Louis has been playing some of the best basketball in the country every since their win at Duquesne on January 23. The Billikens are tied for first place in the Atlantic 10, and they face VCU and Butler next week.
22. Notre Dame (19-5, 7-4 Big East)
Despite foul trouble and an eight-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, Notre Dame rallied to defeat Louisville in five overtimes. The Fighting Irish have a relatively easy week with games against DePaul and Providence, but then they finish the season with four Top-25 opponents in their last five games.
23. Colorado State (19-4, 6-2 MWC)
The Rams have won four straight games to pull themselves within a half-game of New Mexico in the Mountain West title race. They can create some separation from third place this week with a win over San Diego State on Wednesday.
24. San Diego State (18-5, 6-3 MWC)
Following a tough loss at Air Force, San Diego State came back strong this week with wins over Boise State and Fresno State.
25. VCU (19-5, 7-2 A10)
VCU returns to the Top 25 this week after winning its last three games. The Rams have a pair of wins over the RPI Top 50, and seven over the top 100.