College Basketball Power Rankings: Gonzaga waits at No. 1

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Top four remains unchanged as Indiana, Duke and Georgetown head to conference tourneys

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Gonzaga may end up with the best seat in the house for the conference tournaments.

After defeating Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference finals, the Bulldogs will sit with their resume complete and their No. 1 ranking intact.

The only question is where Gonzaga will sit on Selection Sunday. With the nation’s best record, Mark Few’s team has a good chance to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. If indeed Gonzaga gets one of those four coveted spots, the next questions is the other three teams on the top line of the bracket.

Conference tournaments will go a long way to determining those teams. The Big Ten, as it has been all season, is loaded, but Indiana may have a substantial edge with its win at Michigan on Sunday and an outright conference title.

Elsewhere, we’re curious to see how high Duke can climb. With Ryan Kelly back in the line up, the Blue Devils again look like a No. 1 overall team.

Related: Key stats from March 4-10

COLLEGE BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS: MARCH 12

1. Gonzaga (31-2, 16-0 West Coast)
Last week’s rank: 1
Last week’s results: Defeated Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament
Up next: NCAA Tournament
Buzz: Zags win WCC Tournament for 11th time since 1999. Does a No. 1 seed await?

2. Duke (27-4, 14-4 ACC)
Last week’s rank: 2
Last week’s results: Defeated Virginia Tech 89-57, defeated North Carolina 69-53
This week: ACC Tournament
Buzz: Blue Devils could be the No. 1 overall seed in NCAAs despite not winning ACC regular season.

3. Indiana (26-5, 14-4 Big Ten)
Last week’s rank: 3
Last week’s results: Lost to Ohio State 67-58, defeated Michigan 72-71
This week: Big Ten Tournament
Buzz: Hoosiers capitalize on Michigan’s missed FTs to earn hard-fought win.

Debate: Zeller or Oladipo for Indiana's MVP

4. Georgetown (24-5, 14-4 Big East)
Last week’s rank: 4
Last week’s results: Lost to Villanova 67-57, defeated Syracuse 61-39
This week: Big East Tournament
Buzz: Hoyas outscore Syracuse by a combined 33 points en route to season sweep.

Related: Big East Tournament preview

5. Louisville (26-5, 14-4 Big East)
Last week’s rank: 8
Last week’s results: Defeated Notre Dame 73-57
This week: Big East Tournament
Buzz: Only one the Cards’ last seven opponents have scored more than 60 points. 

6. Michigan (25-6, 12-5 Big Ten)
Last week’s rank: 5
Last week’s results: Defeated Purdue 80-75, lost to Indiana 72-71
This week: Big Ten Tournament
Buzz: Wolverines will have trouble getting past the collapse against Indiana.

7. Miami (24-6, 15-3 ACC)
Last week’s rank: 6
Last week’s results: Lost to Georgia Tech 71-69, defeated Clemson 62-49
This week: ACC Tournament
Buzz: Here’s a surprise: Hurricanes’ win ACC title in hoops before football.

8. Kansas (26-5, 14-4 Big 12)
Last week’s rank: 7
Last week’s results: Lost to Baylor 81-58
This week: Big 12 Tournament
Buzz: KU loses at Baylor — must “settle” for a share of 12th straight Big 12 title with Kansas State.  

9. Michigan State (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten)
Last week’s rank: 9
Last week’s results: Defeated Wisconsin 58-43, defeated Northwestern 71-61
This week: Big Ten Tournament
Buzz: Spartans win final two games as Gary Harris earnes Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.

10. Ohio State (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten)
Last week’s rank: 15
Last week’s results: Defeated Indiana 57-58, defeated Illinois 68-55
This week: Big Ten Tournament
Buzz: Buckeyes head to Big Ten Tournament riding a five-game winning streak. 

11. Florida (24-6, 14-4 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 10
Last week’s results: Defeated Vanderbilt 66-40, lost to Kentucky 61-57
This week: SEC Tournament
Buzz: Gators slog through final 10 with 6-4 record after 8-0 start in SEC play.

12. Marquette (23-7, 14-4 Big East)
Last week’s rank: 16
Last week’s results: Defeated Rutgers 60-54, defeated St. John’s 69-67 (OT)
This week: Big East Tournament
Buzz: Golden Eagles share Big East title thanks to Vander Blue’s game-winner at MSG.

13. Oklahoma State (23-7, 12-5 Big 12)
Last week’s rank: 12
Last week’s results: Lost to Iowa State 87-76, defeated Kansas State 76-70
This week: Big 12 Tournament
Buzz: Pokes close out regular season in style with a win over Kansas State. 

14. Kansas State (25-6, 14-4 Big 12)
Last week’s rank: 11
Last week’s results: Defeated TCU 79-68, lost to Oklahoma State 76-70
This week: Big 12 Tournament
Buzz: Kansas State earns a share of Big 12 title — its first league crown since 1977.

15. New Mexico (26-5, 13-3 Mountain West)
Last week’s rank: 13
Last week’s results: Defeated Nevada 75-62, lost to Air Force 89-88
This week: Mountain West Tournament
Buzz: Lobos ranked No. 2 in the RPI even after closing season with a loss to Air Force.

Related: Mountain West Tournament preview

16. Saint Louis (24-6, 13-3 Atlantic 10)
Last week’s rank: 17
Last week’s results: Lost to Xavier 77-66 (OT), defeated La Salle 78-54
This week: Atlantic 10 Tournament
Buzz: VCU’s loss to Temple gives Saint Louis the outright Atlantic 10 title. 

17. Pittsburgh (24-7, 12-6 Big East)
Last week’s rank: 21
Last week’s results: Defeated DePaul 81-66
This week: Big East Tournament
Buzz: Nice bounce-back season from Pitt; Panthers finish fourth in Big East. 

18. UCLA (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12)
Last week’s rank: 18
Last week’s results: Lost to Washington State 73-61, defeated Washington 61-54
This week: Pac-12 Tournament
Buzz: Bruins’ first win at Washington since 2004 earns them the outright Pac-12 title.

19. Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7 Big East)
Last week’s rank: 20
Last week’s results: Defeated St. John’s 66-40, lost to Louisville 73-57
This week: Big East Tournament
Buzz: Defensive issues could keep Irish from being much of a threat in postseason.

20. Arizona (22-7, 10-6 Big East)
Last week’s rank: 22
Last week’s results: Defeated Arizona State 73-58
This week: Pac-12 Tournament
Buzz: Wildcats stop the bleeding — two straight losses — by beating Arizona State.

21. North Carolina (22-9, 12-6 ACC)
Last week’s rank: 23
Last week’s results: Defeated Maryland 79-68, lost to Duke 69-53
This week: ACC Tournament
Buzz: One bad game vs. Duke doesn’t ruin Heels’ strong late-season showing.

22. Wisconsin (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten)
Last week’s rank: 24
Last week’s results: Lost to Michigan State 58-43, defeated Penn State 63-60
This week: Big Ten Tournament
Buzz: Badgers avoid disaster by beating Penn State on a three-pointer at the buzzer.

23. Creighton (27-7, 13-5 Missouri Valley)
Last week’s rank: NR
Last week’s results: Defeated Drake, Indiana State and Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Tournament
Up next: NCAA Tournament
Buzz: Arch Madness ends with Creighton cutting down the nets.

24. Colorado State (24-7, 11-5 Mountain West)
Last week’s rank: NR
Last week’s results: Defeated Wyoming 78-56, defeated Nevada 77-66
This week: Mountain West Tournament
Buzz: Larry Eustachy on verge of second NCAA bid in two seasons with two different teams.

25. VCU (24-7, 12-4 Atlantic 10)
Last week’s rank: 25
Last week’s results: Defeated Richmond 93-82, lost to Temple 84-76
This week: Atlantic 10 Tournament
Buzz: Rams’ frenetic defense is tough to prepare for in a tournament setting.

Out: No. 14 Syracuse, No. 19 Oregon

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