Rant Sports Week 14 Official College Basketball Top 25 Rankings
Top 25 Rankings
The Week 14 college basketball top 25 rankings will see a new No. 1. That can be expected every time the former No. 1 goes down. Last week it was the Arizona Wildcats. Not only did they lose, but they lost a key player. It will be interesting to see how the Wildcats handle the loss of Brandon Ashley for the rest of the season.
After Michigan’s amazing start in the Big Ten it finally lost its first game. The conference title is now up for grabs, although I am sure many people thought the Wolverines would eventually lose and that other teams would contend for the conference title.
We finally got to see Florida’s Chris Walker play. Walker did not play a whole lot, but he did show his athleticism with a couple of alley-oops. Who knows how much playing time he will get, but the addition of Walker is surely going to improve the Gators even more.
Cincinnati has climbed all of the way into the top 10. Well, it was ranked in the top 10 last week, but it moved up a couple of spots once again. The Bearcats knocked off Louisville last week and are showing the college basketball world that they are good enough to compete for a national title.
I hope you didn’t miss the Syracuse vs. Duke matchup because it was awesome. The Orange may have won, but the Blue Devils gave them one heck of a fight and only lost by two points in overtime.
Duke will get Syracuse at home in a couple of weeks and hopefully the rematch will be just as entertaining.
Well, read on to see the top 25 rankings for Week 14.
25. Pittsburgh Panthers (18-4, 6-3 ACC)
Pittsburgh has now dropped two straight games. Even worse, the Panthers have lost to their three toughest tests in the ACC so far.
Last Week: 23
24. Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-3, 10-1 WCC)
Gonzaga has now won six games in a row and it has only lost three on the season.
Last Week: NR
23. Ohio State Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten)
How do the Ohio State Buckeyes move up in the rankings after losing to Penn State at home? It’s simple. They have beaten two ranked teams since. On the road.
Last Week: 25
22. Memphis Tigers (17-5, 7-3 AAC)
Memphis will play Gonzaga next. Odd scheduling time or not, a win in that game would go a long ways for the Tigers.
Last Week: 21
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-6, 4-5 Big 12)
Oklahoma State has now lost three in a row and four out of five. Winning the Big 12 regular season title may not even be an option anymore.
Last Week: 13
20. Iowa Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4 Big Ten)
Iowa beat Illinois on the road and then it followed that up with a loss to Ohio State. The Hawkeyes will try and rebound against Michigan next.
Last Week: 20
19. Oklahoma Sooners (17-5, 6-3 Big 12)
Oklahoma may have lost to Iowa State last game, but it is still in the race for a Big 12 title. Plus, that game was played on the road.
Last Week: 22
18. Virginia Cavaliers (17-5, 8-1 ACC)
Virginia has now won five games in a row and sits at No. 2 in the ACC standings.
Last Week: NR
17. Kentucky Wildcats (17-5, 7-2 SEC)
Kentucky has now beaten Missouri and Ole Miss in back-to-back games. Both wins look good on the resume despite the fact that neither team was ranked.
Last Week: 18
16. Saint Louis Billikens (20-2, 7-0 A 10)
Saint Louis has now won 14 games in a row. Its only losses have come against Wisconsin and Wichita State.
Last Week: 17
15. Louisville Cardinals (18-4, 7-2 AAC)
Louisville has lost two games in the American which puts them 2.5 games behind Cincinnati in the conference standings.
Last Week: 11
14. Iowa State Cyclones (17-4, 5-4 Big 12)
Iowa State has now beaten Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in back-to-back games. It will play TCU, West Virginia and Texas Tech next. The Cyclones should have no problem winning all three, which should help them out in the Big 12 standings.
Last Week: 16
13. Texas Longhorns (18-4, 7-2 Big 12)
Texas has now won seven games in a row. Four of those victories were against ranked opponents, but none bigger than the one over Kansas.
Last Week: 19
12. Creighton Bluejays (18-3, 8-1 Big East)
Creighton will play DePaul next (Feb. 7). The Bluejays have not played since Jan. 28, but time off is usually a good thing.
Last Week: 12
11. Duke Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3 ACC)
You won’t see many teams moving up in the rankings after a loss, but that is exactly what the Duke Blue Devils achieved this week.
That is because they beat Pittsburgh and only lost by two points in over time against Syracuse. Both games were played on the road.
Last Week: 15
10. Michigan Wolverines (16-5, 8-1 Big Ten)
Michigan is another team that lost, but it stayed at No. 10 in the rankings. The Wolverines did beat 10 teams in a row before the loss to Indiana.
Last Week: 10
9. Michigan State Spartans (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten)
The loss to Georgetown should not concern anyone. Michigan State was short-handed and the Hoyas were desperate for a win.
Last Week: 7
8. Kansas Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12)
Kansas followed up the loss to Texas with a 17-point win over Baylor. May I remind you that both games were played on the road.
Last Week: 6
7. Cincinnati Bearcats (21-2, 10-0 AAC)
After their win over the Louisville Cardinals, the Cincinnati Bearcats should get more respect. However, Connecticut is up next.
Last Week: 9
6. Villanova Wildcats (20-2, 8-1 Big East)
Villanova has won four games in a row ever since its blowout loss to Creighton. The Wildcats could still earn a No. 1 seed in the dance, but it has to win the conference title and continue to win.
Last Week: 8
5. San Diego State Aztecs (19-1, 8-0 MW)
San Diego State is still undefeated in the MW and it has not lost since Nov. 14. Both are very impressive.
Last Week: 5
4. Florida Gators (20-2, 9-0 SEC)
Florida did not blow Missouri out last game, but it was still a good win for a team that could go undefeated in the SEC.
Last Week: 4
3. Wichita State Shockers (23-0, 10-0 MVC)
Wichita State still has a huge target on its back in the MVC. Regardless, this is the most likely team to go undefeated during the regular season--only two undefeated teams left.
Last Week: 3
2. Arizona Wildcats (21-1, 8-1 Pac-12)
Arizona lost to a very talented California team on the road. The bigger loss is losing Brandon Ashley for the season. He was averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Last Week: 1
1. Syracuse Orange (22-0, 9-0 ACC)
Syracuse still has some tests left, so it will be interesting to see if it can stay perfect during the regular season. The biggest challenge will be against Duke on the road on Feb. 22.
Last Week: 2