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Rant Sports Week 19 Official College Basketball Top 25 Rankings

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Top 25 Rankings

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This is the final week of the season before the 2014 NCAA tournament takes place. That means this is the final week of the season bubble teams can make a case for the dance. Regardless, all 25 teams in the college basketball top 25 rankings for Week 19 should be safely in the field as of right now.

That can change in a hurry, though.

25. Michigan State Spartans (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten)

Michigan State Spartans
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25. Michigan State Spartans (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten)

Michigan State Spartans
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Michigan State needed a big victory and it got it against Iowa. However, then it lost the last game of the regular season to Ohio State.

Last Week: 25

24. Ohio State Buckeyes (23-8, 10-8 Big Ten)

Ohio State basketball
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24. Ohio State Buckeyes (23-8, 10-8 Big Ten)

Ohio State basketball
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Ohio State was another Big Ten team that needed a big victory before conference tournaments began and it got that victory against Michigan State.

Last Week: NR

23. Connecticut Huskies (24-7, 12-6 AAC)

Connecticut basketball
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23. Connecticut Huskies (24-7, 12-6 AAC)

Connecticut basketball
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Connecticut had a great regular season, but it will have to take on Memphis in the AAC tournament. The Huskies swept the season series.

Last Week: 21

22. SMU Mustangs (23-8, 12-6 AAC)

SMU basketball
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22. SMU Mustangs (23-8, 12-6 AAC)

SMU basketball
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Capturing the third seed in the AAC tournament was very important. Instead of playing a ranked team, the Mustangs will take on Houston first.

Last Week: 19

21. New Mexico Lobos (24-6, 15-3 MW)

New Mexico basketball
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21. New Mexico Lobos (24-6, 15-3 MW)

New Mexico basketball
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

New Mexico was so close to winning the Mountain West regular season title, but it didn’t. Still, this is a team to watch out for in March.

Last Week: 20

20. VCU Rams (24-7, 12-4 A 10)

VCU basketball
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20. VCU Rams (24-7, 12-4 A 10)

VCU basketball
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

VCU is finally back in the rankings where it belongs. The Rams closed out the season by winning four straight and have a lot of momentum heading into postseason play.

Last Week: NR

19. Memphis Tigers (23-8, 12-6 AAC)

Memphis basketball
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19. Memphis Tigers (23-8, 12-6 AAC)

Memphis basketball
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Memphis has played three ranked opponents in a row and it will get another one in its first game of the AAC tournament. To make matters even worse, the Tigers will take on Connecticut. They have yet to beat the Huskies this season.

Last Week: 18

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

Oklahoma basketball
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18. Oklahoma Sooners (23-8, 12-6 Big 12)

Oklahoma basketball
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Oklahoma closed out the season by winning three games in a row. The Sooners finished No. 2 in the Big 12 standings.

Last Week: 23

17. Saint Louis Billikens (26-5, 13-3 A 10)

Saint Louis basketball
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17. Saint Louis Billikens (26-5, 13-3 A 10)

Saint Louis basketball
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After three straight losses Saint Louis finally won and locked up the Atlantic 10 regular season title.

Last Week: 17

16. Iowa State Cyclones (23-7, 11-7 Big 12)

Iowa State basketball
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16. Iowa State Cyclones (23-7, 11-7 Big 12)

Iowa State basketball
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Iowa State has a very tough matchup right off the bat in the Big 12 tournament. It will take on Kansas State. These two teams split the season series.

Last Week: 16

15. North Carolina Tar Heels (23-8, 13-5 ACC)

North Carolina basketball
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15. North Carolina Tar Heels (23-8, 13-5 ACC)

North Carolina basketball
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina may have lost its last regular season game against Duke, but that was the first loss since Jan. 20.

Last Week: 15

14. Creighton Bluejays (24-6, 14-4 Big East)

Creighton basketball
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14. Creighton Bluejays (24-6, 14-4 Big East)

Creighton basketball
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Creighton had one heck of a year in the Big East. This was the Bluejays’ first year in the conference and they showed they can keep up with some of the best teams in college hoops.

Last Week: 11

13. Cincinnati Bearcats (26-5, 15-3 AAC)

Cincinnati basketball
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13. Cincinnati Bearcats (26-5, 15-3 AAC)

Cincinnati basketball
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati capped off the season with a two-game win streak and a share of the AAC title. Not bad for a team that wasn’t expected to win the conference.

Last Week: 12

12. Syracuse Orange (27-4, 14-4 ACC)

Syracuse basketball
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12. Syracuse Orange (27-4, 14-4 ACC)

Syracuse basketball
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Syracuse won just twice in its last six games of the season. Hopefully the Orange got their losing out of the way because it would be a huge disappointment if they had a short NCAA tournament.

Last Week: 6

11. Wisconsin Badgers (25-6, 12-6 Big Ten)

Wisconsin basketball
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11. Wisconsin Badgers (25-6, 12-6 Big Ten)

Wisconsin basketball
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Wisconsin may have lost its last game of the season, but Nebraska is on the verge of making the dance and the Badgers entered that game on an eight-game win streak.

Last Week: 10

10. Michigan Wolverines (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten)

Michigan basketball
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10. Michigan Wolverines (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten)

Michigan basketball
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It is only natural that Michigan is the highest ranked team in the Big Ten. The Wolverines won the regular season title -- without Mitch McGary -- and they have won five games in a row.

Last Week: 14

9. Kansas Jayhawks (23-8, 14-4 Big 12)

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9. Kansas Jayhawks (23-8, 14-4 Big 12)

Kansas basketball
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Kansas has lost two of three, but it has still been one of the best teams in the country ever since Big 12 play started.

Last Week: 8

8. San Diego State Aztecs (27-3, 16-2 MW)

San Diego State basketball
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8. San Diego State Aztecs (27-3, 16-2 MW)

San Diego State basketball
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San Diego State may have been one of the biggest surprises this season, but it will enter the tournament as one of the best teams.

Last Week: 13

7. Virginia Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2 ACC)

Virginia basketball
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7. Virginia Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2 ACC)

Virginia basketball
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Before losing to Maryland, Virginia already had the ACC regular season title in the bag and was on a 13-game win streak.

Last Week: 5

6. Duke Blue Devils (24-7, 13-5 ACC)

Duke basketball
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6. Duke Blue Devils (24-7, 13-5 ACC)

Duke basketball
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Yes, Duke finished behind Virginia in the conference standings, but the Blue Devils beat the Cavaliers in their only meeting and just got done beating a red-hot North Carolina team. That victory cancels out a loss to Wake Forest for me.

Last Week: 4

5. Louisville Cardinals (26-5, 15-3 AAC)

Louisville basketball
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5. Louisville Cardinals (26-5, 15-3 AAC)

Louisville basketball
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Louisville managed to beat SMU and Connecticut in the last two games of the season. The Cardinals also managed to win a share of the AAC title.

Last Week: 9

4. Arizona Wildcats (28-3, 15-3 Pac-12)

Arizona basketball
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4. Arizona Wildcats (28-3, 15-3 Pac-12)

Arizona basketball
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Brandon Ashley on the team or not, Arizona was bound to lose sooner or later in the talented Pac-12 Conference. And it did. Three times.

Last Week: 3

3. Villanova Wildcats (28-3, 16-2 Big East)

Villanova basketball
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3. Villanova Wildcats (28-3, 16-2 Big East)

Villanova basketball
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Villanova’s only losses this year have come against Syracuse and Creighton (twice). You better believe that this team is in line for a No. 1 seed.

Last Week: 7

2. Wichita State Shockers (34-0, 18-0 MVC)

Wichita State basketball
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2. Wichita State Shockers (34-0, 18-0 MVC)

Wichita State basketball
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Perfect. That is one way to describe the undefeated Wichita State Shockers.

Last Week: 2

1. Florida Gators (29-2, 18-0 SEC)

Florida basketball
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1. Florida Gators (29-2, 18-0 SEC)

Florida basketball
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Florida capped off a perfect regular season in the SEC. Winning the SEC tournament should guarantee the Gators the overall No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Last Week: 1