Michigan State moves into the top three. Could Sparty claim No. 1 this week?
Another week, another Big Ten showdown with national implications.
With a five-game win streak including last weekâs 75-52 rout of Michigan, Michigan State has gone from sneaky Final Four contender to potential No. 1 seed. The Spartans, who moved from No. 9 to No. 3 in our rankings this week, will have their chance to test that in their second meeting with Indiana this season.
On Tuesday, Michigan State will face Indiana for the conference lead in yet another Big Ten game of national significance. The Spartans lost to Indiana 75-70 on Jan. 27 in Bloomington.
Beyond Michigan State and Indiana tied for Big Ten supremacy, other conference races were shook up by last week's action: Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State are tied for the Big 12 lead. Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette are in their own three-way tie in the Big East.
Elsewhere in this weekâs power rankings, two Atlantic 10 teams entered the top 25 with VCU at No. 23 and Saint Louis in No. 24. Both have a chance to strengthen their cases when they meet Tuesday. Saint Louis also visits Butler this week.
Related: Key stats from Feb. 11-17
COLLEGE BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS: FEB. 19
1. Indiana (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 1
Last weekâs results: Defeated Nebraska 76-47, defeated Purdue 83-55
This week: at Michigan State
Buzz: The Hoosiers swept rival Purdue by a combined 65 points this season.
2. Miami (21-3, 12-0 ACC)
Last weekâs rank: 3
Last weekâs results: Defeated Florida State 74-68, defeated Clemson 45-43
This week: Virginia, at Wake Forest
Buzz: The Hurricanes eked past Clemson on Sunday night to extend winning streak to 13 games.
3. Michigan State (22-4, 11-2 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 9
Last weekâs results: Defeated Michigan 75-52, defeated Nebraska 73-64
This week: Indiana, at Ohio State
Buzz: The surging Spartans can start thinking about a No. 1 seed.
4. Michigan (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 2
Last weekâs results: Lost to Michigan State 72-52, defeated Penn State 79-71
This week: Illinois
Buzz: Trey Burke is averaging 7.0 assists and only 1.9 turnovers per game.
5. Florida (21-3, 11-1 SEC)
Last weekâs rank: 8
Last weekâs results: Defeated Kentucky 69-52, defeated Auburn 83-52
This week: at Missouri, Arkansas
Buzz: The Gatorsâ closest SEC win? By 14 points over Ole Miss.
6. Gonzaga (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference)
Last weekâs rank: 7
Last weekâs results: Defeated Saint Maryâs 77-60, defeated San Francisco 71-61
This week: Santa Clara, San Diego
Buzz: Gonzaga emerges from week on the road with nation-leading 25 wins.
7. Syracuse (21-4, 9-3 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 5
Last weekâs results: Lost to Connecticut 66-58, defeated Seton Hall 76-65
This week: Providence, Georgetown
Buzz: The Orange rank 239th in nation in 3-point shooting (32.3 percent).
8. Duke (22-3, 9-3 ACC)
Last weekâs rank: 4
Last weekâs results: Defeated North Carolina 73-68, lost to Maryland 83-81
This week: at Virginia Tech, Boston College
Buzz: Maryland shot 60 percent from the floor in win over Duke.
9. Kansas (21-4, 9-3 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 10
Last weekâs results: Defeated Texas 73-47
This week: at Oklahoma State, TCU
Buzz: Redemption week upcoming for Kansas, but the Big 12 lead is also on the line.
10. Louisville (21-5, 9-4 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 11
Last weekâs results: Defeated St. Johnâs 72-58, defeated USF 59-41
This week: Seton Hall
Buzz: The Cardinals gave up a total of 79 points in two games against USF.
11. Arizona (21-4, 9-4 Pac-12)
Last weekâs rank: 6
Last weekâs results: Lost to Colorado 71-58, defeated Utah 68-64
This week: Washington, Washington State
Buzz: Wildcats needed win at Utah to snap a two-game losing streak.
12. Kansas State (21-5, 10-3 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 12
Last weekâs results: Defeated Baylor 81-61, defeated West Virginia 71-61
This week: at Texas
Buzz: Only two Wildcats average more than 8.3 points per game.
13. Oklahoma State (19-5, 9-3 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 16
Last weekâs results: Defeated Texas Tech 91-67, defeated Oklahoma 84-79 (OT)
This week: Kansas, at West Virginia
Buzz: Marcus Smart is thriving in a leading role as a freshman.
14. Georgetown (19-4, 9-3 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 17
Last weekâs results: Defeated Cincinnati 62-55
This week: DePaul, at Syracuse
Buzz: The surprising Hoyas move into a three-way tie for first in the Big East.
15. Marquette (18-6, 9-3 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 20
Last weekâs results: Defeated Pittsburgh 79-69
This week: at Seton Hall, at Villanova
Buzz: The Eagles improved to 14â0 at home with win over Pitt.
16. Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 18
Last weekâs results: Lost to Minnesota 58-53 (OT), defeated Ohio State 71-49
This week: at Northwestern
Buzz: Closing Big Ten schedule favors Wisconsin.
17. Ohio State (18-7, 8-5 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 13
Last weekâs results: Defeated Northwestern 69-69, lost to Wisconsin 71-49
This week: Minnesota, Michigan State
Buzz: The Buckeyesâ 49 points against Wisconsin was a season low.
18. Butler (21-5, 8-3 Atlantic 10)
Last weekâs rank: 15
Last weekâs results: Lost to Charlotte 71-67, defeated Fordham 68-63
This week: Duquesne, Saint Louis
Buzz: Bulldogs are one game back in the chase for the A-10 title.
19. Colorado State (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West)
Last weekâs rank: 22
Last weekâs results: Defeated San Diego State 66-60, defeated Air Force 89-86
This week: at UNLV, New Mexico
Buzz: This could be a make-or-break week for Colorado Stateâs goals of winning the Mountain West
20. Pittsburgh (20-7, 8-6 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 14
Last weekâs results: Lost to Marquette 79-69, lost to Notre Dame 51-42
This week: at St. Johnâs
Buzz: The Panthers' hot streak has come to a halt, but the remaining schedule isn't daunting.
21. Memphis (22-3, 11-0 Conference USA)
Last weekâs rank: 24
Last weekâs results: Defeated UCF 93- 71, defeated Marshall 71-59
This week: Houston, Southern Miss
Buzz: The Tigersâ C-USAâs foes are shooting only 40.8 percent on two-pointers.
22. New Mexico (21-4, 9-2 Mountain West)
Last weekâs rank: 21
Last weekâs results: Defeated Fresno State 54-48, defeated Boise State 60-50
This week: at Colorado State
Buzz: The Lobos are getting it done on the defensive end.
23. VCU (21-5, 9-2 Atlantic 10)
Last weekâs rank: NR
Last weekâs results: Defeated UMass 86-88, defeated George Washington 84-57
This week: at Saint Louis, at Xavier
Buzz: The Rams steal the ball on 17.7 percent of opponentsâ possessions.
24. Saint Louis (19-5, 8-2 Atlantic 10)
Last weekâs rank: NR
Last weekâs results: Defeated Charlotte 75-58
This week: VCU, Butler
Buzz: Billikens are riding a seven-game winning streak ahead of huge week against VCU and Butler.
25. Notre Dame (21-6, 9-5 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 19
Last weekâs results: Defeated DePaul 82-78 (OT), lost to Providence 71-54, defeated Pittsburgh 51-42
This week: Cincinnati
Buzz: Notre Dame started 1 of 19 from the field but still managed to beat Pitt on Monday night.
Out: No. 23 Cincinnati, No. 25 San Diego State