So today is February 1st, which only means one thing: we’re only a month away from March. With no more undefeated teams standing, it’s time for a shake up in the Top 25. All four pollsters ranked their version of the top 25 teams in the country, awarding 1 point to the team ranked twenty-fifth, and 25 points to the team ranked first.
A few notes:
– In our preseason poll, Syracuse was in the ‘also receiving votes’ category with a whopping three points. Whoops.
– Also in our preseason poll, North Carolina was ranked ninth. How delightful.
– Others that dropped out: Connecticut, Dayton, and California.
– This dunk by Mason Plumlee was the highlight of my weekend.
1. Kansas (99)
2. Syracuse (96)
The Orange have the best team in the best conference in the nation. To think they were unranked at the beginning of the season. Funny what a victory over UNC can do for you, isn’t it?
3. Villanova (93)
‘Nova has coasted through the competition thus far. Can the deepest backcourt in the country book Jay Wright a flight to his second straight Final Four?
4. Kentucky (88)
What a shame. UK didn’t get to wear their ‘badges of honor’ – which is what Cal called the No. 1 ranking – for very long. Too bad their fans can’t wear these anymore either.
5. Georgetown (81)
With their beatdown of Duke in front of the Commander In Chief, Georgetown vaults into the top five. Despite what Duke fans want to believe, this team is pretty damn good.
6. Michigan State (81)
Honestly, this team is way overrated. But we voted them as the No. 6 team in the country anyway. But one thing’s for sure: Tom Izzo gets his Spartans to play when it counts.
7. West Virginia (74)
8. Texas (70)
Rick Barnes has an absurdly talented 13-man rotation (Dexter Pittman is so beastly, he counts twice). Rick Barnes also has a team that lost to Baylor – at home. This team is fantastically enigmatic.
9. Purdue (69)
Somehow none of the top teams in the Big Ten seem like legitimate contenders, Purdue included. But Robbie Hummel is nice at ball.
10. Duke (60)
Eek. Road struggles continued in the nation’s capital. How this team reacts to being embarrassed by Georgetown will determine how deep this team can go in March.
11. Kansas State (59)
Frank Martin had KSU ready to play on Saturday. Despite the loss, the Wildcats should be a dark horse come tournament time. They can hang with (and beat) the big boys.
12. BYU (53)
Pat Forde thinks BYU can win it all. We don’t. No idea why we ranked them No. 12. Sidenote: I wish I was as creative as Pat Forde when it comes to coming up with corny names for columns.
13. Gonzaga (50)
The ‘Zags had quite a winning streak going for them after their demoralization by Duke in the Garden. That ended fast with a bad, bad loss to an 8-14 team in San Francisco. But the numbers put Gonzaga at 13, so they’re here.
14, Wisconsin (40)
The Badgers had a chance to take out Purdue on the road last week. Look for them to push Michigan State to the limit in the Kohl Center this Tuesday.
15. Ohio State (39)
Evan Turner is one of the five best players in college basketball. With him, this team can potentially make the Elite Eight.
16. Tennessee (39)
Tennessee has responded well to the dismissal of leading scorer Tyler Smith by handing Kansas its only loss, but recent losses to Georgia and Vanderbilt have not helped things.
17. Pittsburgh (30)
Pittsburgh should not be this high, as they lost to Seton Hall last week and South Florida this past week. But they certainly have surprised with their success after losing all 5 starters.
18. Mississippi (29)
Seems like no team ranked from 12-20 last week wants to win, Mississippi included. The Rebels dropped a home tilt to Arkansas after we made our poll. Safe to say, they’ll be close to dropping in this week’s poll.
19. Georgia Tech (26)
Georgia Tech thrashed Kentucky State (who?) in a game only played because Kentucky State’s coach is a former Yellow Jacket. Not exactly what you’d call a warm up for their biggest test of the year on Thursday.
20. Baylor (25)
Baylor had a strong week after taking down Texas in Arlington as well as taking Kansas State right down to the wire. The Big 12 has been much more than Kansas and Texas.
21. Temple (20)
Temple lost at Charlotte, not exactly a powerhouse. The loss muddles the Atlantic-10 picture, as Temple, Charlotte and last season’s winner Xavier are all tied at 6-1.
22. New Mexico (19)
New Mexico took care of business against BYU at home, handing the Cougars their first conference loss of the season. Apparently, “the Pit” is a tough place to play.
23. Vanderbilt (19)
Vanderbilt knocked off Tennessee on the road before giving Kentucky a good game over the weekend. They should be ranked higher than this.
24. Butler (14)
Butler continues to run right through the Horizon League. Anticipate an undefeated conference season from them, although they have yet to have a signature win.
25. Clemson (6)
Clemson rebounded from a tough loss at BC by defeating Maryland at home. Their win over UNC two weeks ago looks less and less impressive by the day. When you’re not the only team from South Carolina to have beaten the Tar Heels, that’s saying something.
Also receiving votes: Connecticut (5), Florida State (4), Mississippi State (4), Maryland (3), Northern Iowa (2), UTEP (2), Cornell (1), North Carolina (0)