Top 25 Rankings for the Week of January 28: Michigan The New No. 1

It was a wild week in college basketball. 14 teams in the AP Top 25 lost at least once, and teams like Miami (FL), La Salle, and Villanova gained national attention with marquee wins.

Here is how The Catch and Shoot’s Top 25 is shaping up entering the 13th week of the season:

1. Michigan (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten)

The Wolverines grabbed the No. 1 spot this week after beating Purdue and Illinois. They will face their biggest test of conference play at Indiana on Saturday.

2. Kansas (18-1, 6-0 Big 12)

The Jayhawks have continued their perfect Big 12 start as Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey continue to emerge as potential All-Americans.

3. Florida (16-2, 6-0 SEC)

The SEC has simply been too easy for the Gators, who have won their six conference games by an average of 26.5 points. On Saturday, they host Ole Miss, which is also 6-0 in league play.

4. Indiana (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten)

The Hoosiers climbed back into the top five after beating Michigan State, 75-70, on Sunday afternoon. They have been playing well in their last few games, but their next four are quite tough: at Purdue, vs. Michigan, at Illinois, and at Ohio State.

5. Syracuse (18-2, 6-1 Big East)

The Orange’s perfect start in Big East play ended with an overtime loss at Villanova on Saturday. This was the third consecutive game for Syracuse that has come down to the final possession.

6. Michigan State (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten)

The Spartans fell out of first place in the Big Ten after losing at Indiana on Sunday. But there is no reason for them to hang their heads as both of their Big Ten losses are on the road to top 10 teams. (The other loss was to then-No. 9 Minnesota.)

7. Butler (17-3, 4-1 A10)

Butler lost at La Salle with Rotnei Clarke injured, but the Bulldogs then defeated Temple when Clarke returned to the lineup on Saturday. Nearly a third of the way into the conference season, they hold a half-game lead over second place in the Atlantic 10.

8. Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0 WCC)

The Zags have made easy work of the WCC, and if they had held on at Butler they would be in the top five right now.

9. Oregon (18-2, 7-0 Pac12)

Even without point guard Dominic Artis, Oregon defeated Washington on Saturday to remain perfect in Pac-12 play.

10. Arizona (17-2, 5-2 Pac12)

The Wildcats lost at home to UCLA, but they then dominated a struggling USC team. To stay in the top 10, Arizona needs to beat Washington and Washington State this week.

11. Miami-FL (15-3, 6-0 ACC)

The Hurricanes dominated Duke and Florida State this week to improve to 6-0 in the ACC. This team is for real, and it is time to stop sleeping on them. They have not lost when both Reggie Johnson and Durand Scott are healthy.

12. Duke (17-2, 4-2 ACC)

The Blue Devils were embarrassed by Miami early in the week, but they responded with a 20-point win over Maryland at home over the weekend. They will try again for their first true road win of the season at Wake Forest on Wednesday.

13. Louisville (16-4, 4-3 Big East)

Since earning a No. 1 ranking, Louisville has lost three consecutive games. A home loss to Pittsburgh this week could lead to question about whether Louisville deserves to be a Top 25 team at all.

14. Wichita State (19-2, 8-1 MVC)

Gregg Marshall has reloaded his Shockers to make them a top-15 team once again. I would be surprised if Wichita State finishes worse than 16-2 in the Missouri Valley this season.

15. Ohio State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten)

The Buckeyes continued to play well at home by defeating a strong Iowa team, but they are still looking for a good road win. Right now, their best win away from home is over Purdue.

16. New Mexico (17-3, 4-1 MWC)

The Lobos lost by 21 points at San Diego State on Saturday, but they are still in first place in the Mountain West. They have also already beaten UNLV and Colorado State at home.

17. San Diego State (16-4, 4-2 MWC)

The Aztecs kept their spot in the Top 25 by beating Nevada and New Mexico last week. On Saturday, they held the Lobos to 34 points on 25-percent shooting from the field.

18. UNLV (16-4, 3-2 MWC)

UNLV defeated Wyoming on Saturday to move into a tie for third place in the Mountain West. The Rebels should be able to defeat Nevada fairly easy in their next game to improve to 4-2 in league play.

19. Wisconsin (14-6, 5-2 Big Ten)

The Badgers lost by two points at home to Michigan State early in the week, but they did a better job finishing in a 45-44 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Wisconsin will look for its second road win over a top-15 team at Ohio State this week.

20. Ole Miss (17-2, 6-0 SEC)

The Rebels struggled but won both of their games last week, 62-56 over Tennessee and 63-61 over Auburn. They will be tested this week against Kentucky and Florida.

21. Cincinnati (16-4, 4-3 Big East)

The Bearcats played a great game against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome but lost, 57-55. This week’s games against Rutgers and Seton Hall are must-wins if Cincy is going to compete for the Big East regular season title.

22. UCLA (16-5, 6-2 Pac12)

The Bruins got a huge win at Arizona on Thursday, but they proceeded to lose at Arizona State. But you cannot demote UCLA too much for that loss because Travis Wear did not play due to a concussion.

23. Missouri (15-4, 4-2 SEC)

Since an embarrassing, 31-point loss to Florida, Missouri has defeated South Carolina and Vanderbilt. To stay in the Top 25, the Tigers must beat LSU, Auburn, and Texas A&M in their next three games.

24. NC State (16-4, 5-2 ACC)

NC State defeated North Carolina, 91-83, this weekend, but the Wolfpack are still struggling to play good basketball for a full, 40 minutes.

25. Georgetown (14-4, 4-3 Big East)

The Hoyas returned to looking like Big East contenders with wins over Notre Dame and Louisville last week. With Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Rutgers in their next three games, the Hoyas could hold a 7-3 league record heading into mid-February.

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