Top teams are falling all across the country, but Big Ten giants and Miami stay the course
The fun water cooler debate of the top teams in college basketball keeps going.
Each of Athlonâs top four teams from last week took a loss last week. Kansas took two. Our No. 6 team from last week, Duke, had a near-miss against lowly Boston College. The changes at the top each week make rankings these teams difficult -- never mind the teams in the No. 20-25 range.
In other words, the NCAA Tournament selection committee will have some tough work ahead.
But we have to take a stand this week in our power rankings.
We kept Indiana and Michigan at Nos. 1-2 despite their losses last week. The Hoosiers lost on a broken defensive play at Illinois, and the Wolverines lost to Wisconsin in overtime thanks to a miracle shot at the end of regulation from Ben Brust.
Miami, which we ranked third, has a compelling case to be No. 1, but the Hurricanes arenât rolling through the typical North Carolina teams. The Big Ten gauntlet is a bit of an equalizer between Miami and the top-ranked teams in the Big Ten.
Related: Key stats from Feb. 4-10
COLLEGE BASKETBALL POWER RANKINGS: FEB. 12
1. Indiana (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 1
Last weekâs results: Lost to Illinois 74-72, defeated Ohio State 81-68
This week: Nebraska, Purdue
Buzz: Convincing win at Buckeyes counters late collapse at Illinois to keep Hoosiers at No. 1.
2. Michigan (21-3, 8-3 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 2
Last weekâs results: Defeated Ohio State 76-74 (OT), lost to Wisconsin 65-62
This week: Ohio State, at Wisconsin
Buzz: Michigan is 0-2 when Trey Burke takes 20 or more shots from the field (Indiana, Wisconsin).
3. Miami (19-3, 10-0 ACC)
Last weekâs rank: 5
Last weekâs results: Defeated Boston College 72-50, North Carolina 87-61
This week: at Florida State, at Clemson
Buzz: The Hurricanesâ undefeated start against ACC foes includes 4-0 mark against North Carolina, Duke and NC State.
4. Duke (21-2, 8-2 ACC)
Last weekâs rank: 6
Last weekâs results: Defeated NC State 98-85, defeated Boston College 62-61
This week: North Carolina, at Maryland
Buzz: The Blue Devils dodged an embarrassing loss to Boston College to maintain five-game winning streak.
5. Syracuse (20-3, 8-2 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 7
Last weekâs results: Defeated Notre Dame 63-47, defeated St. Johnâs 77-58
This week: at Connecticut, at Seton Hall
Buzz: James Southerlandâs return (13 points) boosts Orange past St. Johnâs.
6. Arizona (20-3, 8-3 Pac-12)
Last weekâs rank: 9
Last weekâs results: Defeated Stanford 73-66, lost to Cal 77-69
This week: at Colorado, at Utah
Buzz: The Wildcats had a case to be No. 1 â¦ before losing to Cal.
7. Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast Conference)
Last weekâs rank: 8
Last weekâs results: Defeated Pepperdine 82-56, defeated Loyola Marymount
This week: at Saint Maryâs, at San Francisco
Buzz: Regular season West Coast Conference title will be easier to win if Zags defeat the Gaels on Thursday.
8. Florida (19-3, 9-1 SEC)
Last weekâs rank: 3
Last weekâs results: Lost to Arkansas 80-69, defeated Mississippi State 83-58
This week: Kentucky, at Auburn
Buzz: The Gators wonât get through the SEC unscathed, but is the door open for a hot Kentucky team to swipe the conference title?
9. Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 11
Last weekâs results: Defeated Minnesota 61-50, defeated Purdue 78-65
This week: Michigan, at Nebraska
Buzz: Guess whoâs tied for first in the Big Ten? Sparty.
10. Kansas (19-4, 7-3 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 4
Last weekâs results: Lost to TCU 62-55, lost to Oklahoma 72-66, defeated Kansas State 83-62
This week: Texas
Buzz: KU displaying serious point guard issues during three-game losing streak that ended with rout of K-State on Monday.
11. Louisville (19-5, 7-4 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 10
Last weekâs results: Defeated Rutgers 68-48, lost to Notre Dame 104-101 (5OT)
This week: St. Johnâs, at USF
Buzz: After home date with St. Johnâs, Louisville faces easy part of Big East schedule against USF, Seton Hall and DePaul.
12. Kansas State (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12)
Last weekâs rank: 13
Last weekâs results: Defeated Texas Tech 68-59, defeated Iowa State 79-70, lost to Kansas 83-62
This week: Baylor
Buzz: The Wildcats lost sole possession of first place in the Big 12 with Kansas, but final stretch is manageable before regular season final Oklahoma State.
13. Ohio State (17-6, 7-4 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 12
Last weekâs results: Lost to Michigan 76-74 (OT), lost to Indiana 81-68
This week: Northwestern, at Wisconsin
Buzz: No shame in losing to Michigan and Indiana.
14. Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 18
Last weekâs results: Defeated Cincinnati 62-52
This week: at Marquette
Buzz: Pittsburgh making a nice run in the Big East. Road trip to Marquette will show if Panthers can contend for title.
15. Butler (20-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10)
Last weekâs rank: 16
Last weekâs results: Defeated St. Bonaventure 77-58, defeated George Washington 59-56
This week: Charlotte, at Fordham
Buzz: Rotnei Clarke averaging 19 points per game since return from injury.
16. Oklahoma State (17-5, 7-3 Big 12)
Last weekâs rank: 22
Last weekâs results: Defeated Baylor 69-67 (OT), defeated Texas 72-59
This week: at Texas Tech, Oklahoma
Buzz: Freshman Marcus Smart leading red-hot Cowboys, who have won five in a row.
17. Georgetown (18-4, 8-3 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 19
Last weekâs results: Defeated Rutgers 69-63, defeated Marquette 63-55
This week: at Cincinnati
Buzz: Otto Porter is averaging 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds during the Hoyas' six-game win streak.
18. Wisconsin (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten)
Last weekâs rank: 23
Last weekâs results: Defeated Iowa 74-70 (2OT), defeated Michigan 62-62 (OT)
This week: at Minnesota, Ohio State
Buzz: Wisconsinâs homecourt magic works wonders in two overtime wins last week. Badgers have shot at Big Ten title.
19. Notre Dame (19-5, 7-4 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: NR
Last weekâs results: Defeated Louisville 104-101 (5OT)
This week: DePaul, at Providence
Buzz: Little-used Michigan State transfer Garrick Sherman was the hero in OT against Louisville.
20. Marquette (17-6, 8-2 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 20
Last weekâs results: Defeated USF 70-47, defeated DePaul 89-78, Lost to Georgetown 63-55
This week: Pittsburgh
Buzz: Marquette's last five wins are over teams not likely to make the NCAA Tournament: Seton Hall, Providence, USF (twice) and DePaul.
21. New Mexico (20-4, 7-2 Mountain West)
Last weekâs rank: 14
Last weekâs results: Defeated Air Force 81-58, lost to UNLV 64-55
This week: at Fresno State, Boise State
Buzz: The Lobos have averaged 44.5 points in two MWC losses.
22. Colorado State (19-4, 6-2 Mountain West)
Last weekâs rank: 25
Last weekâs results: Defeated Nevada 73-69
This week: San Diego State, at Air Force
Buzz: The Rams are making a run at the Mountain West title. The two league losses are both on the road (San Diego State in overtime, New Mexico).
23. Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5 Big East)
Last weekâs rank: 15
Last weekâs results: Lost to Providence 54-50, lost to Pittsburgh 62-52
This week: Villanova, Georgetown
Buzz: The Bearcats a puzzling 2-3 at home in the Big East.
24. Memphis (20-3, 9-0 Conference USA)
Last weekâs rank: NR
Last weekâs results: Defeated SMU 60-52, defeated Southern Miss 89-76
This week: UCF, at Marshall
Buzz: Memphis is 9-0 in C-USA for the first time since John Calipariâs last season after key win over Southern Miss.
25. San Diego State (18-5, 6-3 Mountain West)
Last weekâs rank: NR
Last weekâs results: Defeated Boise State 63-62, defeated 75-53
This week: at Colorado State, at UNLV
Buzz: The Aztecs can get back into MWC contention with strong showing on the road this week.
Out: No. 17 Minnesota, No. 21 Oregon, No. 24 Creighton