Rant Sports Week 17 Official College Basketball Top 25 Rankings
Top 25 Rankings
There will be a new No. 1 team in the college basketball top 25 rankings. I am sure many people could have guessed that since the Syracuse Orange dropped two games this past week. However, will it be the Florida Gators or the Wichita State Shockers?
Both teams are very deserving of the No. 1 ranking. The Shockers are the only undefeated team left in college basketball and Florida is undefeated in the SEC and actually looks like the best team.
Whether the case, both teams are in position to earn No. 1 seeds in the 2014 NCAA tournament. I still think Wichita State could lose one game and still earn a No. 1 seed, but I am also not on the tournament committee.
Still, the Shockers deserve some love. They made a run to the Final Four last season and have not lost a single game this season.
After being so dominant in the Mountain West Conference, San Diego State is now tied with New Mexico in the conference standings. The Aztecs may have the better resume, but they have an identical record in the MW.
Well, once the clocks strike 12 a.m. this Saturday it will officially be March. Selection Sunday and the NCAA tourney don’t start for a couple more weeks, but conference tournaments still have to take place and there are still many conferences that are undecided when it comes to regular season titles.
With that in mind, read on and enjoy the Week 17 college basketball top 25 rankings.
25. New Mexico Lobos (21-5, 12-2 MW)
San Diego State has been getting the most buzz in the Mountain West. Well, New Mexico should be getting just as much attention now after the Lobos’ latest victory over the Aztecs.
Last Week: NR
24. SMU Mustangs (22-6, 11-4 AAC)
SMU recorded yet another victory over a ranked opponent when it took on Connecticut on the road this past week. The Mustangs still have to take on Louisville and Memphis, though.
Last Week: NR
23. Texas Longhorns (20-7, 9-5 Big 12)
Texas entered last week one game behind Kansas in the loss column in the Big 12 standings. Well, after two straight losses they are now three games back and probably have no shot at winning the regular season title.
Last Week: 14
22. Ohio State Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten)
Ohio State has won three games in a row. The Buckeyes have two more games before the showdown with Michigan State to close out the regular season.
Last Week: 25
21. Iowa Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5 Big Ten)
Iowa dropped a home game last week against Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes still have five games remaining in the regular season, but will only play one other ranked opponent.
Last Week: 16
20. Michigan State Spartans (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten)
Michigan State followed its trend of lose-one, win-one last week. Illinois is up next, so that trend should continue. Unfortunately, the Spartans close out the season by playing Iowa and Ohio State.
Last Week: 15
19. Memphis Tigers (21-6, 10-4 AAC)
Winning out would do wonders to the Memphis Tigers’ tournament seed. They have an easier opponent in Houston, but then play Louisville, Cincinnati and SMU in back-to-back-to-back games.
Last Week: 24
18. North Carolina Tar Heels (20-7, 10-4 ACC)
North Carolina is arguably the hottest team in the ACC right now. The only team who could make a case for being even more hot is Virginia.
The Tar Heels just got done beating their rivals in Duke and they are also on a nine-game win streak.
Last Week: NR
17. Kentucky Wildcats (21-6, 11-3 SEC)
Wins against Ole Miss and LSU last week were pretty solid. However, I am sure the Wildcats would love to beat Florida in the last game of the season. Winning a national championship is probably also on their list of things to do.
Last Week: 20
16. Michigan Wolverines (19-7, 11-3 Big Ten)
Michigan is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten right now. They have one less loss than Michigan State and winning out would lead to a Big Ten regular season title.
Last Week: 19
15. Iowa State Cyclones (21-5, 9-5 Big 12)
Although Iowa State probably won’t win the Big 12 regular season title, finishing in second place in the conference standings would be huge. However, the Cyclones’ last four games will be played against West Virginia, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Iowa State could essentially lose all of those games.
Last Week: 18
14. San Diego State Aztecs (23-3, 12-2 MW)
San Diego State has the better overall resume, but New Mexico got a statement win over it last game.
Both teams are now tied at the top of the Mountain West Conference standings.
Last Week: 8
13. Wisconsin Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten)
Wisconsin has now won five games in a row. During that streak the Badgers have knocked off Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa. This team is on fire and could finish out the season on a nine-game win streak. In no way will that be easy, though.
Last Week: 17
12. Virginia Cavaliers (23-5, 14-1 ACC)
Virginia has not lost since Jan. 13. The Cavaliers have three games left and one of them will be played against Syracuse. A win would more than likely result in a conference title for this team.
Last Week: 13
11. Villanova Wildcats (24-3, 12-2 Big East)
Villanova may have gotten embarrassed by Creighton in both matchups this season, but it still has the same amount of losses in the Big East and could still capture the conference title.
Last Week: 12
10. Saint Louis Billikens (25-2, 12-0 A 10)
Saint Louis has four games left and it also has a three-game lead in the Atlantic 10. It’s hard to believe that the Billikens have not lost since Dec. 1, but that is in fact, well, a fact.
Last Week: 11
9. Cincinnati Bearcats (24-4, 13-2 AAC)
Cincinnati lost by a single point against Louisville last game. It has to shake off that loss very quick because Connecticut and Memphis are up next.
Last Week: 6
8. Creighton Bluejays (23-4, 13-2 Big East)
Creighton has three more games left in the regular season and will more than likely be the favorite heading into the Big East tournament.
Last Week: 10
7. Louisville Cardinals (23-4, 12-2 AAC)
Louisville has a solid record and just recorded its biggest win of the season against Cincinnati. Still, this team has a lot of work to do if it plans on earning a No. 1 seed once again. By a lot of work I mean it has to win the AAC regular season title and conference tournament.
However, the Cardinals have a weak non-conference schedule and there are plenty of other teams that are more deserving of a top seed.
Last Week: 9
6. Duke Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 ACC)
Although it is never fun losing to your rival -- Duke lost to North Carolina last week -- I am sure the win over Syracuse felt pretty good.
Last Week: 5
5. Kansas Jayhawks (21-6, 12-2 Big 12)
Kansas controls its destiny in the Big 12. With four games left to play, the Jayhawks have a three-game lead in the conference standings.
Last Week: 7
4. Syracuse Orange (25-2, 12-2 ACC)
Syracuse sure had a tough week. After winning 25 games in a row, the Orange have dropped their last two.
Last Week: 1
3. Arizona Wildcats (25-2, 12-2 Pac-12)
Arizona is coming off back-to-back road victories. Not to mention, the Wildcats’ last victory came against Colorado by 27 points. Arizona getting hot towards the end of the season could be scary for the rest of college basketball.
Last Week: 4
2. Wichita State Shockers (29-0, 16-0 MVC)
Wichita State can make a great case for being the No. 1 team overall, but Florida looks like the best team in college basketball right now.
Still, the Shockers have had an amazing season to say the least and could easily earn a No. 1 seed.
Last Week: 2
1. Florida Gators (25-2, 14-0 SEC)
A conference title is more than likely going to happen for the Florida Gators. They have four games remaining and have a three-game lead in the SEC. However, they cannot lose focus because earning a No. 1 seed would be very beneficial to Billy Donovan’s team.
Last Week: 3