Top 25 Rankings for the Week of March 4

1. Gonzaga (29-2, 16-0 WCC)

Gonzaga jumps into the No. 1 slot after completing a perfect season in the WCC. The Zags are 11-2 against the top 100.

 

2. Georgetown (23-4, 13-3 Big East)

No one has been hotter than Georgetown over the last six weeks. The Hoyas are 13-1 since Greg Whittington was ruled ineligible, and in the last 10 days they have road wins against Syracuse and Connecticut. Otto Porter has essentially locked up Big East Player of the Year, and he could still win National Player of the Year. In two games last week, Porter averaged 25 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and 2.5 steals.

 

3. Indiana (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten)

The Hoosiers lost the No. 1 ranking after being upset by Minnesota, but they rebounded with a 73-60 win over Iowa on Saturday.

 

4. Kansas (25-4, 13-3 Big 12)

Ever since ending that three-game losing streak, Kansas has been playing great basketball. The Jayhawks have won six in a row, including road wins over Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

 

5. Louisville (24-5, 12-4 Big East)

Louisville has been right with Georgetown as the hottest team in the Big East. The Cardinals have won five in a row and eight of their last nine, and on Saturday they got an impressive win at Syracuse.

 

6. Duke (25-4, 12-4 ACC)

Virginia knocked off Duke on Thursday, but Duke responded with a 79-76 win over Miami to stay in the race for the conference title.

 

7. Michigan (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten)

The Wolverines are back into a tie for second place after beating Michigan State on Sunday. Trey Burke had another Player-of-the-Year-worthy game with 21 points, eight assists and five steals.

 

8. Miami-FL (23-5, 14-2 ACC)

The Hurricanes have lost their last two road games after winning their prior seven. They’ll get to finish the season at home against Georgia Tech and Clemson, but then they are back on the road for the ACC tournament, which they most likely need to win in order to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

 

9. Saint Louis (23-5, 12-1 A10)

Saint Louis’ last loss came on January 19. Since then, the Billikens have won 11 straight games, and three of the victories have come against Butler and VCU. If they win one of their last two games, they will be the No. 1 seed at the Atlantic 10 tournament.

 

10. Kansas State (24-5, 13-3 Big 12)

Thanks to a buzzer-beater from Rodney McGruder against Baylor, Kansas State is still tied with Kansas for first place in the Big 12. The Wildcats should get an easy win at home against TCU on Tuesday, but they have to finish the season at Oklahoma State.

 

11. New Mexico (25-4, 12-2 MWC)

The Lobos clinched the Mountain West regular season crown outright with a win over Wyoming on Saturday night. It was also their 17th top-100 win of the season.

 

12. Michigan State (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten)

The recent stretch for Michigan State has not done the Spartans any good in terms of their record. They have gone from tied for first place in the Big Ten to two games out of first.

 

13. Ohio State (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten)

Thanks to Michigan’s win over Michigan State, Ohio State is now part of a four-way tie for second place in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes can move within one game of first place with a win at Indiana on Tuesday.

 

14. Florida (23-5, 13-3 SEC)

The Gators’ road struggles continued with a loss at Tennessee last week. As long as they beat Kentucky in the season finale, they will win the SEC, right now this team is not playing like the title contender we thought they could be earlier in the season.

 

15. Marquette (21-7, 12-4 Big East)

Marquette is tied with Louisville for second place in the Big East entering the final week of the season, but the Golden Eagles will have to play two road games to wrap things up.

 

16. Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 Big East)

Syracuse hit its toughest stretch of the season, and the Orange lost all three games. Two weeks ago they lost to Georgetown, and last week they lost to Marquette and Louisville. ‘Cuse should be able to end the slide at home against DePaul, but then they have to rematch Georgetown on the road on Saturday.

 

17. Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12)

The Cowboys have been winners in 10 of their last 11 games. The one loss during that stretch came to Kansas by one point in double overtime. They control their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

 

18. Wisconsin (20-9, 11-5 Big Ten)

Purdue shocked Wisconsin on its home floor on Sunday afternoon. Life will not be easy for the Badgers in the final week of the regular season; they play at Michigan State on Thursday and then at Penn State, which recently upset Michigan, on Sunday.

 

19. UCLA (22-7, 12-4 Pac12)

UCLA is peaking at a good time. The Bruins have won four in a row and completed a season sweep of Arizona. They can guarantee themselves a share of the regular season Pac-12 title with wins over Washington and Washington State, but they need Oregon to lose in order to be the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament.

 

20. Arizona (23-6, 11-6 Pac12)

The Wildcats were swept on their Southern Cali road trip by USC and UCLA. They will be no higher than the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament, and they could finish as low as No. 5.

 

21. Butler (22-7, 9-5 A10)

In its only game of the week, Butler was manhandled by VCU. The Bulldogs shot 40 percent from the field, but their 20 turnovers doomed them. VCU had 24 points off turnovers in the first half alone.

 

22. Pittsburgh (23-7, 11-6 Big East)

Pitt survived in overtime against Villanova to move into fourth place in the Big East. The Panthers have to go on the road to finish the season, but it will be against 14th-place DePaul.

 

23. Illinois (21-9, 8-8 Big Ten)

The Fighting Illini are still hot. They defeated Nebraska for their sixth win in seven games, and now they will hit the road to face Iowa and Ohio State in their final two games of the regular season.

 

24. Middle Tennessee (27-4, 19-1 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee finished off a near-perfect season in the Sun Belt with wins at Troy and Western Kentucky.

 

25. St. Mary’s (26-5, 14-2 WCC)

With a 14-2 finish in the WCC, St. Mary’s should be able to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The top-50 win that the Gaels picked up during BracketBuster win will be pivotal.

 

Other teams considered: Oregon, UNLV, VCU, Missouri, Colorado State, Connecticut, Belmont, Louisiana Tech, Cal

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