Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Feb. 3

1. Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 ACC). Last week: 2

Syracuse moves to No. 1 after surviving Duke’s upset bid on Saturday. The Orange remain home this week, facing Notre Dame and Clemson in what should be two more victories.


2. Arizona (21-1, 8-1 Pac-12). Last week: 1

Arizona’s perfect season ended with a 60-58 loss at California on Saturday night. The Wildcats also needed a late three-pointer by junior Nick Johnson to win at Stanford earlier in the week.


3. Florida (19-2, 8-0 SEC). Last week: 5

Florida blew out Texas A&M, 69-36, on Saturday. The Gators have dominated the SEC, and they will host Missouri and Alabama this week.


4. Wichita State (23-0, 10-0 MVC). Last week: 4

Wichita State was not as dominant as it has been throughout the season, but it did pick up two more wins, each by double digits, against Loyola (Chicago) and Evansville. The Shockers face their toughest week of the season with games at Indiana State and Northern Iowa.


5. San Diego State (19-1, 8-0 MWC). Last week: 7

San Diego State defeated Colorado State in its only game of the week to remain perfect in Mountain West play. The Aztecs play at Boise State, one of their tougher conference games, on Wednesday.


6. Villanova (19-2, 8-1 Big East). Last week: 9

Villanova has won three straight games since losing to Creighton. Last week, the Wildcats defeated Georgetown and Temple on the road.


7. Kansas (16-5, 7-1 Big 12). Last week: 3

Kansas’ perfect start in the Big 12 ended with a 12-point loss at Texas. The Jayhawks still hold a one-game lead on the Longhorns, but they play another tough road game at Baylor on Tuesday.


8. Cincinnati (21-2, 11-0 AAC). Last week: 15

Cincinnati knocked off Louisville and South Florida last week to remain unbeaten in the AAC. The Bearcats face a tough week with games against Connecticut and SMU.


9. Michigan State (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten). Last week: 6

Michigan State’s injury-depleted roster struggled Saturday in a loss to Georgetown. However, the Spartans did get a huge road win at Iowa earlier in the week.


10. Michigan (16-5, 8-1 Big Ten). Last week: 12

Michigan’s winning streak and perfect Big Ten record ended Sunday at Indiana. After hosting Nebraska on Wednesday, the Wolverines face a very tough, four-game stretch with matchups against Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.


11. Iowa (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten). Last week: 8

Iowa bounced back from an overtime loss to Michigan State with a win at free-falling Illinois. The Hawkeyes host a pair of tough opponents this week: Ohio State and Michigan.


12. Duke (17-5, 6-3 ACC). Last week: 18

Duke nearly knocked off Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Monday but fell by a deuce in overtime. The Blue Devils play a pair of gimmes this week against Wake Forest and Boston College.


13. Creighton (18-3, 8-1 Big East). Last week: 19

Creighton survived St. John’s on Tuesday thanks to Doug McDermott’s 39 points. The Bluejays host DePaul on Friday and then rematch St. John’s in New York on Sunday.


14. Oklahoma State (16-5, 4-4 Big 12). Last week: 10

Oklahoma State lost twice last week, and it has now dropped three of its last four. The only win during that stretch is at home against West Virginia.


15. Iowa State (16-4, 4-4 Big 12). Last week: 16

Iowa State recorded an important win at Oklahoma on Saturday to improve to .500 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones can make a statement Monday at Oklahoma State.


16. St. Louis (20-2, 7-0 A10). Last week: 23

George Mason took St. Louis to overtime Saturday, but the Billikens outlasted the Patriots, 87-81, in the extra period. The Billkens will be tested on the road this week against St. Joe’s and La Salle.


17. Kentucky (16-5, 6-2 SEC). Last week: 11

Kentucky continued its Jekyll and Hyde act. The Wildcats looked awful in a loss at LSU, but they came back strong with a win at Missouri.


18. Texas (17-4, 6-2 Big 12). Last week: 25

Texas has continued its climb out of nowhere and is now a factor in the Big 12 title race. The Longhorns knocked off Kansas on Saturday to move within one game of the Jayhawks.


19. Louisville (18-4, 7-2 AAC). Last week: 14

Louisville fell two games at of first place with a loss at Cincinnati, but it easily defeated UCF on Saturday. The Cardinals are on the road this week against Houston and Temple.


20. Oklahoma (17-5, 6-3 Big 12). Last week: 22

Oklahoma fell in the front end of its road trip at Iowa State. The Sooners will play at West Virginia on Wednesday.


21. Virginia (16-5, 7-1 ACC). Last week: Unranked

Virginia made a statement Sunday with a 48-45 win at Pittsburgh. The Cavaliers have now won five games in a row and are only one game behind Syracuse in the ACC standings.


22. Memphis (16-5, 6-3 AAC). Last week: 17

Memphis struggled last week in a 15-point loss at SMU. The Tigers are now three games out of first place entering a home matchup with Rutgers.


23. Wisconsin (17-5, 4-5 Big Ten). Last week: 13

Wisconsin’s free fall continued last week with home losses to Northwestern and Ohio State. The Badgers have now lost five of their last six games.


24. Connecticut (17-4, 5-3 AAC). Last week: Unranked

Connecticut has won each of its last three games by double figures. The Huskies play a huge game at Cincinnati on Thursday.


25. Pittsburgh (18-4, 6-3 ACC). Last week: 24

Pittsburgh suffered a pair of home losses last week to Duke and Virginia. The Panthers are now 2.5 games out of first place in the ACC entering a game at Miami (FL).



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Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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