Neither Gonzaga nor Georgetown have lost since Jan. 19, both enter top five of our rankings
For most of the season, the college basketball power rankings have been fairly consistent at the top: Two or three teams from the Big Ten, a team or two from the state of Florida, maybe Duke and/or Kansas every now and then.
Some of those trends remained true this week with Indiana and Michigan taking the top two spots and Miami sitting at No. 5. But the top four has a few newcomers.
After defeating Syracuse on the road, Georgetown shot up our rankings from No. 14 to No. 4. Beyond the rare win for a visiting team in the Carrier Dome, the Hoyas have won nine in a row since a perplexing loss to USF on Jan. 19. On Georgetownâs resume are wins over Notre Dame and Cincinnati on the road and Marquette and Louisville at home.
Making a smaller move, yet important nonetheless, is Gonzaga, moving up to No. 3. Mark Few's Bulldogs are making a case to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament by reeling off 10 consecutive wins since the buzzer-beating loss to Butler on Jan. 19. The Zags havenât played a game decided by single digits since defeating San Diego 65-63 on Feb. 2.
Related: Key stats from Feb. 18-24
COLLEGE BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS: FEB. 26
1. Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 1
Last weekâs results: Defeated Michigan State 72-68
This week: Iowa
Buzz: The Hoosiers lead the nation in offensive efficiency.
2. Michigan (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 4
Last weekâs results: Defeated Illinois 71-58
This week: at Penn State, Michigan State
Buzz: Trey Burke was at his best in big win over Illinois.
3. Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0 West Coast Conference)
Last weekâs rank: 6
Last weekâs results: Defeated Santa Clara 85-42, defeated San Diego 81-50
This week: at BYU, Portland
Buzz: The Zags are becoming a strong contender for their first No. 1 seed.
4. Georgetown (21-4, 11-3 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 14
Last weekâs results: Defeated DePaul 90-66, defeated Syracuse 57-46
This week: at Connecticut, Rutgers
Buzz: The Hoyas have road wins over Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Syracuse.
5. Miami (22-4, 13-1 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 2
Last weekâs results: Defeated Virginia 54-50, lost to Wake Forest 80-65
This week: Virginia Tech, at Duke
Buzz: Despite loss to Wake Forest, the Hurricanes still control their own destiny in the ACC.
6. Duke (24-3, 11-3 ACC)
Last weekâs rank: 8
Last weekâs results: Defeated Virginia Tech 88-56, defeated Boston College 89-68
This week: at Virginia, Miami
Buzz: Rasheed Sulaimon erupted for 27 against Boston College after scoring four points in the first meeting.
7. Arizona (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12)
Last weekâs rank: 11
Last weekâs results: Defeated Washington 70-52, defeated Washington State 73-56
This week: at USC, at UCLA
Buzz: Kevin Parrom scored a season-high 19 points vs. Washington State.
8. Florida (22-4, 12-2 SEC)
Last weekâs rank: 5
Last weekâs results: Lost to Missouri 63-60, defeated Arkansas 71-54
This week: at Tennessee, Alabama
Buzz: The Gators are closing on their fourth outright SEC title in school history.
9. Michigan State (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 3
Last weekâs results: Lost to Indiana 72-68, lost to Ohio State 68-60
This week: at Michigan, Wisconsin
Buzz: Michigan State succeeded in containing Deshaun Thomas, but not Aaron Craft.
10. Kansas (24-4, 12-3 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 9
Last weekâs results: Defeated Oklahoma State 68-67 (2OT), defeated TCU 74-48, defeated Iowa State 108-96 (OT)
This week: West Virginia
Buzz: Will Elijah Johnson shed criticism after 39 points against Iowa State?
11. Syracuse (22-6, 10-5 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 7
Last weekâs results: Defeated Providence 84-59, lost to Georgetown 57-46, lost to Marquette 74-71
This week: Louisville
Buzz: The Orange have lost five of their last nine.
12. Louisville (22-5, 10-4 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 10
Last weekâs results: Defeated Seton Hall 79-61
This week: at DePaul, at Syracuse
Buzz: A tough closing stretch (Syracuse, Cincinnati, Notre Dame) awaits the Cards.
13. Kansas State (23-5, 12-3 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 12
Last weekâs results: Defeated Texas 81-69, defeated Texas Tech 75-55
This week: at Baylor
Buzz: The Wildcats are eyeing their first league title since 1977.
14. Oklahoma State (20-6, 10-4 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 13
Last weekâs results: Lost to Kansas 68-67 (2OT), defeated West Virginia 73-57
This week: at TCU, Texas
Buzz: Almost a quarter of Pokesâ points come from the free throw line.
15. Ohio State (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 17
Last weekâs results: Defeated Minnesota 71-45, defeated Michigan State 68-60
This week: at Northwestern
Buzz: Defeating Michigan State was a major statement win for the Buckeyes.
16. New Mexico (23-4, 10-2 Mountain West)
Last weekâs rank: 22
Last weekâs results: Defeated Colorado State 91-82
This week: San Diego State, Wyoming
Buzz: The Lobos seized control of MWC with huge win at Colorado State.
17. Marquette (20-7, 11-4 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 15
Last weekâs results: Defeated Seton Hall 67-46, lost to Villanova 60-56, defeated Syracuse 74-71.
This week: Notre Dame
Buzz: The Big East title still alive after Monday win over Syracuse.
18. Memphis (24-3, 13-0 Conference USA)
Last weekâs rank: 21
Last weekâs results: Defeated Houston 81-74, defeated Southern Miss 89-73
This week: at Xavier, at UCF
Buzz: The Tigers are closing on 16â0 run through Conference USA.
19. Wisconsin (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 16
Last weekâs results: Defeated Northwestern 69-41
This week: Nebraska, Purdue
Buzz:The Badgers havenât lost a game in regulation since Jan. 29.
20. Saint Louis (21-5, 10-2 Atlantic 10)
Last weekâs rank: 24
Last weekâs results: Defeated VCU 76-62, defeated Butler 65-61
This week: St. Josephâs, at George Washington
Buzz: The Billikens all alone in first place in the Atlantic 10.
21. Notre Dame (22-6, 10-5 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 25
Last weekâs results: Defeated Cincinnati 62-41
This week: at Marquette
Buzz: Jack Cooley averaging a double-double for steady Irish.
22. Pittsburgh (21-7, 9-6 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 20
Last weekâs results: Defeated St. Johnâs 63-47
This week: USF, Villanova
Buzz: Panthersâ leading scorer Tray Woodall averaging only 10.9 ppg.
23. Colorado State (21-6, 8-4 Mountain West)
Last weekâs rank: 19
Last weekâs results: Lost to UNLV 61-59, lost to New Mexico 91-82
This week: Fresno State, at Boise State
Buzz: The Ramsâ chance at a MWC title likely ended with two losses last week.
24. Butler (22-6, 9-4 Atlantic 10)
Last weekâs rank: 18
Last weekâs results: Defeated Duquesne 68-49, lost to Saint Louis 65-61
This week: at VCU
Buzz: The Bulldogs are finding A-10 grind a bit tougher than Horizon.
25. Connecticut (19-7, 9-5 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: NR
Last weekâs results: Defeated Cincinnati 73-66 (OT), defeated DePaul 81-69
This week: Georgetown, at Cincinnati
Buzz: Kevin Ollie proving he is the right man for the job.
Out: No. 23 VCU