Rant Sports Week 18 Official College Basketball Top 25 Rankings

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Top 25 Rankings

College Basketball Top 25 Rankings
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IT. IS. FINALLY. MARCH. All bets are off. This is the time of year when things tend to get a little crazy in college basketball. Before conference tournaments begin and other teams finish up their final week of the regular season, check out the top 25 rankings for Week 18.

Wichita State pulled off a perfect season, but they still did not capture the No. 1 ranking in this week’s top 25. However, the Shockers are in line for a No. 1 seed for the 2014 NCAA tournament. I guess that will do.

I still don’t think they have to win the MVC tournament to earn a No. 1 seed, but we will have to wait and see about that.

Syracuse has now dropped three games in its last four. The Orange are not finishing the season on a good note and that could lead to an early exit in the dance if they do not get back on track soon.

Virginia moved way up in the rankings and the Cavaliers deserved to. They are currently the top dogs in the ACC and all. May I remind you that teams like Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina play in that conference.

Michigan State continues to struggle and it took another big hit in the rankings. Kentucky did as well.

As usual, there will be plenty of great basketball games this week and this weekend. Duke and North Carolina will battle it out once again and Kentucky and Florida will continue their rivalry against one another.

As college basketball heats up and the NCAA tournament gets closer and closer, see if your favorite team made the cut for the top 25 this week.

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25. Michigan State Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten)

Michigan State Spartans
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Michigan State has to enter the Big Ten tournament with some momentum. Wins against Iowa and Ohio State to close out the season would help with that.

Last Week: 20

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24. Kentucky Wildcats (21-8, 11-5 SEC)

Kentucky Wildcats
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Kentucky has dropped two games in a row in the SEC. The Wildcats will take on Alabama before the showdown with Florida.

Last Week: 17

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23. Oklahoma Sooners (21-8, 10-6 Big 12)

Oklahoma Sooners
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Oklahoma knocked off Texas last game and it has now won three out of its last four games. That is tough to do this year in the Big 12.

Last Week: NR

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22. Iowa Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten)

Iowa Hawkeyes
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Iowa finally got a win after losing three games in a row. The Hawkeyes close out the season against Michigan State and Illinois.

Last Week: 21

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21. Connecticut Huskies (23-6, 11-5 AAC)

Connecticut Huskies
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Connecticut got a big win over Cincinnati last game. Beating Rutgers and Louisville to close out the regular season will have this team’s NCAA tournament seed soaring.

Last Week: NR

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20. New Mexico Lobos (23-5, 14-2 MW)

New Mexico Lobos
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New Mexico will take on Air Force in a tuneup game before playing San Diego State for the MW regular season title.

Last Week: 25

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19. SMU Mustangs (23-6, 12-4 AAC)

SMU Mustangs
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SMU can make a lot of noise by knocking off Louisville and Memphis in its last two games of the regular season.

Last Week: 24

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18. Memphis Tigers (22-7, 11-5 AAC)

Memphis Tigers
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Memphis just got done sweeping Louisville, but it will not get a break as it plays Cincinnati and SMU next.

Last Week: 19

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17. Saint Louis Billikens (25-4, 12-2 A 10)

Saint Louis Billikens
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Saint Louis looked like it had the conference title locked up, but then it lost two games in a row. The Billikens now only have a one-game lead in the A 10 standings with two games remaining.

Last Week: 10

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16. Iowa State Cyclones (22-6, 10-6 Big 12)

Iowa State Cyclones
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Iowa State is safely in the tournament field, but it will play Baylor and Oklahoma State next -- two teams fighting for a spot in the dance.

Last Week: 15

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15. North Carolina Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4 ACC)

North Carolina Tar Heels
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Finishing out the regular season on a 13-game win streak would be huge for the North Carolina Tar Heels. They should have no problem against Notre Dame, but the game against Duke will be a completely different story.

Last Week: 18

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14. Michigan Wolverines (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten)

Michigan Wolverines
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Michigan should have no problem winning the Big Ten title. The Wolverines will close out the season against Illinois and Indiana.

Last Week: 16

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13. San Diego State Aztecs (25-3, 14-2 MW)

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After the season San Diego State has had, it would be a huge disappointment if the Aztecs didn’t come away with the MW title.

Last Week: 14

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12. Cincinnati Bearcats (24-5, 13-3 AAC)

Cincinnati Bearcats
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Cincinnati has dropped two games in a row, but it has to shake that off and knock off Memphis and Rutgers next.

Last Week: 9

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11. Creighton Bluejays (23-5, 13-3 Big East)

Creighton Bluejays
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Creighton has been one of the best teams in college hoops this season, but it will have to be on its A game if it plans on beating Georgetown and Providence next. Both teams could end up in the tournament.

Last Week: 8

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10. Wisconsin Badgers (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten)

Wisconsin Badgers
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Wisconsin may not win the Big Ten title, but it should enter the conference tournament as the hottest team. The Badgers have won seven games in a row.

Last Week: 13

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9. Louisville Cardinals (24-5, 13-3 AAC)

Louisville Cardinals
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Louisville more than likely will not earn a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament, but a No. 2 seed is certainly not out of the question.

Last Week: 7

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8. Kansas Jayhawks (22-7, 13-3 Big 12)

Kansas Jayhawks
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Kansas may have lost against Oklahoma State last game, but it should have no problem beating Texas Tech and West Virginia.

Last Week: 5

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7. Villanova Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Big East)

Villanova Wildcats
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Villanova may have lost to Creighton twice on the season, but it still should come away with the Big East title.

Last Week: 11

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6. Syracuse Orange (26-3, 13-3 ACC)

Syracuse Orange
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Syracuse let the ACC title slip away from it. That is okay because the team can still win the ACC tournament and it can still earn a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance.

Last Week: 4

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5. Virginia Cavaliers (25-5, 16-1 ACC)

Virginia Cavaliers
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Well, I am sure not many people expected Virginia to win the ACC title, but that is exactly what the Cavaliers did. What would be even more crazy is if they won the ACC tournament.

Last Week: 12

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4. Duke Blue Devils (23-6, 12-4 ACC)

Duke Blue Devils
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Virginia may have won the ACC, but Duke is still ranked higher than it. The Blue Devils could still earn a No. 1 seed, but they have to win their last two games of the regular season and will more than likely have to win the ACC tournament.

Last Week: 6

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3. Arizona Wildcats (27-2, 14-2 Pac-12)

Arizona Wildcats
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Arizona is starting to look like a No. 1 seed once again and it will be interesting to see if anyone can challenge it in the Pac-12 tournament.

Last Week: 3

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2. Wichita State Shockers (31-0, 18-0 MVC)

Wichita State Shockers
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Wichita State’s run to the Final Four last season clearly was not a fluke. The Shockers finished off the regular season undefeated and in no way will they be an underdog in this year’s tourney.

Last Week: 2

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1. Florida Gators (27-2, 16-0 SEC)

Florida Gators
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Florida has two games left. If it can win both of those games, it will have capped off a perfect year in the SEC. Doing so will probably also lead to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney.

Last Week: 1

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