RSN Bracketology V.14 (Jan. 31)

BOLD= Conference Leader

           Midwest                            West                             South                           East

1. Baylor                 baylor_university_athletics_logo-svg 1. Gonzaga       gonzaga-logo 1. Kansas             university_of_kansas_jayhawk_logo 1. Villanova         villanova_wildcats_logo
2. North CarolinaUniversity_of_North_Carolina_Tarheels_Interlocking_NC_logo.svg.png 2. Kentucky      kentucky_wildcats_logo-svg 2. Louisville         i 2. Arizona            university_of_arizona_block_a-svg
3. Oregon                oregonducks-svg 3. Virginia          va-15-logo 3. West Virginia  west_virginia_flying_wv_logo-svg 3. Cincinnati        cincinnati_bearcats-svg
4. Florida State      Florida_State_Seminoles_Alternate_Logo.png 4. Florida           florida_gators_logo-svg 4. Butler              butlerbulldogs 4. UCLA                 ucla_bruins_logo
5. Creighton          creighton_bluejays_c_logo 5. Wisconsin      university_of_wisconsin_waving_w-svg 5. Duke                 duke_text_logo-svg 5. Maryland         maryland_terrapins_logo-svg
6. South Carolina south_carolina_gamecocks_block_c_logo-svg 6. Saint Mary’s st_mary_gaels_logo 6. Purdue            purdue_boilermakers_workmark-svg 6. Notre Dame     notredamefightingirish-svg
7. Northwestern   northwestern_wildcats_logo-svg 7. SMU              smu_mustang_logo-svg 7. USC                   interlocking_usc_logo-svg 7. Xavier               xaviermusketeers
8. Indiana              indiana_hoosiers_logo-svg 8. Arkansas     arkansas_razorbacks_logo-svg 8. Minnesota      minnesota_golden_gophers_logo-svg 8. Virginia Tech  vt_logo-svg
9. Miami (Fl)         miami_hurricanes_logo-svg 9. Kansas State ksuwildcats_logo-svg 9. Dayton           university_of_dayton_athletics_logo 9. TCU                 tcu_athletics_logo-svg
10. Iowa State     iowa_state_cyclones_logo-svg 10. Michigan St. michigan_state_spartan_helmet-svg 10. Marquette   marquette_golden_eagles-svg 10. Michigan       michigan_wolverines_logo-svg
11. Clemson / Seton Hall                        ncaa_logo-svg 11. Illinois St.   illinois_state_redbirds_logo 11. VCU             vcu_rams 11. Middle Ten. middle_tennessee_mt_wordmark
12. UNCW            uncw_primary_athletic_logo_2015 12. Georgia Tech / California           ncaa_logo-svg 12. Nevada         nevada_wolf_pack_logo-svg 12. Akron          akron_z_logo_2015
13. Monmouth  monmouth_athletics_primary_2014 13. Vermont     150px-vermont_catamounts-svg 13. N. Mexico St200px-New_Mexico_State_Aggies_Logo.svg.png 13. Valparaiso   valparaiso_crusaders_logo-svg
14. E. Tenn. St.   etsubuccaneers 14. N. Dak. St.ndbison 14. Belmont      BelmontBruins.png 14. Winthrop    winthropeagles
15Princeton      princeton_tigers_logo 15. Georgia So.georgia_southern_eagles_logo 15. Bucknell     bucknellbison 15. FGCU           fgcu_athletics_seal-svg
16. UC Davis / Mt. St. Mary’s                 ncaa_logo-svg 16. Texas Sou. texassoutherntigers 16. Sam Houston St. / Morgan St. ncaa_logo-svg 16. Weber St.    weber_state_wildcats_logo-svg

On the Bubble:

Last 4 Byes:  Iowa State, Marquette, Michigan State, Michigan

Last 4 In:  Clemson, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, California

First 4 Out:  Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, NC State

Next 4 Out:  Wichita State, Utah, Syracuse, Georgia

Four More:  Memphis, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Alabama

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RSN Bracketology V.14 (Jan. 31)

RSN Power Rankings (Jan. 30)

Week 9

  1.  Gonzaga (22-0)              gonzaga-logo

Last week’s ranking:  2  (UP 1)

With a 3 game slate in the past week, Gonzaga rolled past 3 WCC foes in Portland, San Diego, and Pepperdine. More impressive, the Bulldogs won the three games (two of which were on the road) by an average 34 point margin. With Villanova finally unseated at #1 the Zags have a chance to stay at the top for an extended period of time.

2.  Kansas (19-2)                   university_of_kansas_jayhawk_logo

Last week’s ranking: 3 (UP 1)

Kansas’ week began with a trip to Morgantown where they were thrashed by the menacing Mountaineers and their constant press defense. Despite a close halftime score, the Jayhawks could not hang with West Virginia any longer and fell 85-69. There was no time to grieve as Kansas then prepared for a trip to Rupp Arena in a top 5 matchup with Kentucky. The Jayhawks became the second team to win in Lexington this season (UCLA) with a huge 6 point win.

3.  Villanova (20-2)              villanova_wildcats_logo

Last week’s ranking: 1 (DOWN 2)

The Wildcats sufferred their second Big East loss on a trip to Marquette where they were barely edged out by Wojo and Co. Like Kansas, there was no time to waste as Virginia was coming to town. Villanova, in true bounce back form, rebounded with a buzzer beating victory over the Cavaliers to improve to 20-2.

4.  Baylor (20-1)                    baylor_university_athletics_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking: 3 (DOWN 1)

Since losing to West Virginia in their first ever game as the #1 ranked team in basketball, the Bears have won 5 straight, including 3 on the road. They traveled to Ole Miss for a potential trap game in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Baylor walked out with a gritty 3 point win. Up next is the biggest game of the season: at Kansas. A win would propel them to sole possesion of the top of the league and possibly the top spot of the rankings once again.

5.  Arizona (20-2)                university_of_arizona_block_a-svg

Last week’s ranking: 7 (UP 2)

Arizona got a gift of facing two of the Pac-12’s lesser opponents after a tremendous effort at UCLA last week. The Wildcats took down Washington State and Washington and take on Oregon State in their next game. However, the Beavers matchup is just a prelude for possibly the biggest matchup in the Pac-12 all season just two days later. Oregon hosts Arizona on Saturday at 4 PM for the Pac-12 lead.

6.  North Carolina (19-4)  university_of_north_carolina_tarheels_interlocking_nc_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking: 8 (UP 2)

Despite falling at Miami, the Tar Heels move up in our rankings do to madness among the top 15. With many teams losing, some even twice, it was only up for North Carolina. Earlier in the week they did trounce a solid Virginia Tech team and host a collapsing Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Later in the week they host Notre Dame in Chapel Hill in an intruiging ACC matchup.

7. Kentucky (17-4)             kentucky_wildcats_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking: 5 (DOWN 2)

A very tough week in Wildcat country included a surprising upset at sneaky Tennessee before they fell at home to the second ranked Jayhawks. It is crucial that Kentucky get back on track in their next game, which is Georgia in Lexington, before a Saturday trip to Gainesville to take on underrated SEC power Florida.

8. Cincinnati (19-2)            cincinnati_bearcats-svg

Last week’s ranking:  15 (UP 7)

The Bearcats are quietly one of the best and most complete teams in the nation. Riding a 12 game win streak, Cincinnati is atop the AAC and has wins over Xavier and SMU, as well as a key road win at Iowa State. Troy Caupain leads one of the most underrated and un-talked about teams in America. This team is a legitimate Final Four threat. Do not sleep on Cincinnati in the slightest, we certainly won’t.

9. Louisville (18-4)             i

Last week’s ranking:  13 (UP 4)

Louisville fell in a close one to a then-surging Florida State team on the road just a few games back before traveling to Pittsburgh. 106-51. This was the score of the Lousville-Pittsburgh game…in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals put a 54 point demolition on the Panthers on their home floor this past week. They came back home and took care of NC State with ease and now face two consecutive road games: at Boston College and at Virginia.

10. West Virginia (17-4)    west_virginia_flying_wv_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking:  19 (UP 9)

The Mountaineers looked in disarray after losing two in a row to Oklahoma and Kansas State- two teams who West Virginia are remarkably more talented than. Despite these losses, Bob Huggins prepared his players for the biggest game of their season thus far. They took down Kansas in impressive fashion, riding to a 17 point victory. They followed that with another home win over Texas A&M. Up next is a road trip to Iowa State.

11. Virginia  (UP 5)

12. Oregon  (DOWN 3)

13. Wisconsin  (DOWN 1)

14. UCLA (DOWN 4)

15. Maryland  (UP 2)

16. Florida State  (DOWN 10)

17. Butler  (DOWN 3)

18. South Carolina (UP 5)

19. SMU (UP 3)

20. Florida  (UP 4)

21. Northwestern (NEW)

22. Notre Dame (DOWN 11)

23. Duke (DOWN 5)

24. Saint Mary’s  (UP 1)

25. Purdue (DOWN 5)

Dropped Out: Creighton

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RSN Power Rankings (Jan. 30)

RSN Bracketology V.13 (Jan. 30)

BOLD= Conference Leader

           Midwest                            West                             South                           East

1. Baylor                 baylor_university_athletics_logo-svg 1. Gonzaga       gonzaga-logo 1. Kansas             university_of_kansas_jayhawk_logo 1. Villanova         villanova_wildcats_logo
2. North CarolinaUniversity_of_North_Carolina_Tarheels_Interlocking_NC_logo.svg.png 2. Kentucky      kentucky_wildcats_logo-svg 2. Louisville         i 2. Arizona            university_of_arizona_block_a-svg
3. Oregon                oregonducks-svg 3. Virginia          va-15-logo 3. West Virginia  west_virginia_flying_wv_logo-svg 3. Cincinnati        cincinnati_bearcats-svg
4. Florida State      Florida_State_Seminoles_Alternate_Logo.png 4. Florida           florida_gators_logo-svg 4. Butler              butlerbulldogs 4. UCLA                 ucla_bruins_logo
5. Creighton          creighton_bluejays_c_logo 5. Wisconsin      university_of_wisconsin_waving_w-svg 5. Notre Dame     notredamefightingirish-svg 5. Maryland         maryland_terrapins_logo-svg
6. South Carolina south_carolina_gamecocks_block_c_logo-svg 6. Saint Mary’s st_mary_gaels_logo 6. Purdue            purdue_boilermakers_workmark-svg 6. Duke                 duke_text_logo-svg
7. Northwestern   northwestern_wildcats_logo-svg 7. SMU              smu_mustang_logo-svg 7. USC                   interlocking_usc_logo-svg 7. Xavier               xaviermusketeers
8. Indiana              indiana_hoosiers_logo-svg 8. Arkansas     arkansas_razorbacks_logo-svg 8. Minnesota      minnesota_golden_gophers_logo-svg 8. Virginia Tech  vt_logo-svg
9. Miami (Fl)         miami_hurricanes_logo-svg 9. Kansas State ksuwildcats_logo-svg 9. Dayton           university_of_dayton_athletics_logo 9. TCU                 tcu_athletics_logo-svg
10. Iowa State     iowa_state_cyclones_logo-svg 10. Michigan St. michigan_state_spartan_helmet-svg 10. Marquette   marquette_golden_eagles-svg 10. Michigan       michigan_wolverines_logo-svg
11. Seton Hall / Clemson               ncaa_logo-svg 11. Illinois St.   illinois_state_redbirds_logo 11. VCU             vcu_rams 11. Middle Ten. middle_tennessee_mt_wordmark
12. UNCW            uncw_primary_athletic_logo_2015 12. Georgia Tech / California           ncaa_logo-svg 12. Nevada         nevada_wolf_pack_logo-svg 12. Akron          akron_z_logo_2015
13. Monmouth  monmouth_athletics_primary_2014 13. Vermont     150px-vermont_catamounts-svg 13. N. Mexico St200px-New_Mexico_State_Aggies_Logo.svg.png 13. Valparaiso   valparaiso_crusaders_logo-svg
14. E. Tenn. St.   etsubuccaneers 14. N. Dak. St.ndbison 14. Belmont      BelmontBruins.png 14. Winthrop    winthropeagles
15. Princeton      princeton_tigers_logo 15. Bucknell   bucknellbison 15. Georgia So. georgia_southern_eagles_logo 15. FGCU           fgcu_athletics_seal-svg
16. UC Davis / Mt. St. Mary’s                 ncaa_logo-svg 16. Texas Sou. texassoutherntigers 16. Sam Houston St. / Morgan St. ncaa_logo-svg 16. Weber St.    weber_state_wildcats_logo-svg

On the Bubble:

Last 4 Byes:  Iowa State, Marquette, Michigan State, Michigan

Last 4 In:  Seton Hall, Clemson, Georgia Tech, California

First 4 Out:  Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, NC State

Next 4 Out:  Wichita State, Utah, Syracuse, Georgia

Four More:  Memphis, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Alabama

RSN Bracketology V.13 (Jan. 30)

RSN Bracketology V.12 (Jan. 27)

BOLD= Conference Leader

           Midwest                            West                             South                           East

1. Baylor                baylor_university_athletics_logo-svg 1. Gonzaga        gonzaga-logo 1. Kansas               university_of_kansas_jayhawk_logo 1. Villanova          villanova_wildcats_logo
2. North CarolinaUniversity_of_North_Carolina_Tarheels_Interlocking_NC_logo.svg.png 2. Florida State   Florida_State_Seminoles_Alternate_Logo.png 2. Kentucky        kentucky_wildcats_logo-svg 2. Arizona            university_of_arizona_block_a-svg
3. Oregon               oregonducks-svg 3. Butler             butlerbulldogs 3. Virginia            va-15-logo 3. Louisville          i
4. UCLA                  ucla_bruins_logo 4. Notre Dame    notredamefightingirish-svg 4. Cincinnati       cincinnati_bearcats-svg 4. West Virginia   west_virginia_flying_wv_logo-svg
5. Creighton         creighton_bluejays_c_logo 5. Florida           florida_gators_logo-svg 5. Maryland         maryland_terrapins_logo-svg 5. Wisconsin         university_of_wisconsin_waving_w-svg
6. Saint Mary’s    st_mary_gaels_logo 6. Duke                duke_text_logo-svg 6. Purdue            purdue_boilermakers_workmark-svg 6. South Carolina south_carolina_gamecocks_block_c_logo-svg
7. Northwestern   northwestern_wildcats_logo-svg 7. USC                  interlocking_usc_logo-svg 7. Xavier              xaviermusketeers 7. SMU                smu_mustang_logo-svg
8. Minnesota       minnesota_golden_gophers_logo-svg 8. Indiana           indiana_hoosiers_logo-svg 8. Arkansas      arkansas_razorbacks_logo-svg 8. Virginia Tech vt_logo-svg
9. Dayton            university_of_dayton_athletics_logo 9. TCU                tcu_athletics_logo-svg 9. Marquette     marquette_golden_eagles-svg 9. Kansas State   ksuwildcats_logo-svg
10. Iowa State      iowa_state_cyclones_logo-svg 10. Middle Ten.middle_tennessee_mt_wordmark 10. Miami (Fl)    miami_hurricanes_logo-svg 10. Seton Hall     seton_hall_pirates_logo
11. Michigan St.    michigan_state_spartan_helmet-svg 11. Michigan       michigan_wolverines_logo-svg 11. UNCW           uncw_primary_athletic_logo_2015 11. Illinois St.    illinois_state_redbirds_logo
12. Nevada          nevada_wolf_pack_logo-svg 12. Akron          akron_z_logo_2015 12. California / NC State                     ncaa_logo-svg 12. Texas Tech / Clemson               ncaa_logo-svg
13. Valparaiso     valparaiso_crusaders_logo-svg 13. Monmouth monmouth_athletics_primary_2014 13. N. Mexico St200px-New_Mexico_State_Aggies_Logo.svg.png 13. Chattanoogauniversity_of_tennessee_at_chattanooga_athletics_logo
14. Vermont         150px-vermont_catamounts-svg 14. Belmont     BelmontBruins.png 14. N. Dak. St. ndbison 14. Winthrop      winthropeagles
15. Fla. Gulf Cstfgcu_athletics_seal-svg 15. Princeton    princeton_tigers_logo 15. Georgia So. georgia_southern_eagles_logo 15. Bucknell      bucknellbison
16. Weber State weber_state_wildcats_logo-svg 16. Texas Sou. texassoutherntigers 16. UC Irvine / Mt. St. Mary’s           ncaa_logo-svg 16. New Orleans / Morgan State    ncaa_logo-svg

On the Bubble:

Last 4 Byes:  Seton Hall, Miami (Fl), Michigan State, California

Last 4 In:   California, Texas Tech,  NC State, Clemson

First 4 Out:   Wichita State, Wake Forest, VCU, Pittsburgh

Next 4 Out:   Utah, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Memphis

Four More:   Illinois, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Ohio State

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RSN Bracketology V.12 (Jan. 27)

RSN Bracketology Seed List Update (Jan. 26)

BOLD= Conference Leader

  1. Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas, Villanova
  2. Arizona, Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina
  3. Oregon, Louisville, Virginia, Butler
  4. West Virginia, Notre Dame, UCLA, Cincinnati
  5. Wisconsin, Creighton, Florida, Maryland
  6. Purdue, Xavier, Duke, South Carolina
  7. Saint Mary’s USC, SMU, Northwestern
  8. Indiana, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Arkansas
  9. TCU, Marquette, Kansas State, Dayton
  10. Iowa State, Seton Hall, Middle Tennessee, Miami (Fl)
  11. NC Wilmington, Michigan State, California, Illinois State
  12. Texas Tech, Michigan, NC State, Clemson, Akron, Nevada
  13. New Mexico State, Valparaiso, Monmouth, Chattanooga
  14. Vermont, Winthrop, North Dakota State, Belmont
  15. Georgia Southern, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton, Bucknell
  16. Texas Southern, Weber State, New Orleans, UC Irvine, Mount Saint Mary’s, Morgan State

On the Bubble:

Last 4 Byes:  Seton Hall, Miami (Fl), Michigan State, California

Last 4 In:   Texas Tech, Michigan, NC State, Clemson

First 4 Out:   Wichita State, Wake Forest, VCU, Pittsburgh

Next 4 Out:   Utah, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Memphis

Four More:   Illinois, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Ohio State

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RSN Bracketology Seed List Update (Jan. 26)

RSN Bracketology Seed List Update (Jan. 25)

BOLD= Conference Leader

  1. Baylor, Gonzaga, Florida State, Kansas
  2. Villanova, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina
  3. Oregon, UCLA, Louisville, Creighton
  4. Virginia, West Virginia, Butler, Notre Dame
  5. Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Florida, Maryland
  6. Purdue, Xavier, Duke, Saint Mary’s
  7. South Carolina, Minnesota, SMU, USC
  8. Northwestern, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Arkansas
  9. TCU, Marquette, Kansas State, Dayton
  10. Seton Hall, Iowa State, Miami (Fl), Middle Tennessee
  11. NC Wilmington, Michigan State, California, Illinois State
  12. Texas Tech, Michigan, NC State, Clemson, Akron, Nevada
  13. New Mexico State, Valparaiso, Monmouth, Vermont
  14. Chattanooga, Winthrop, North Dakota State, Belmont
  15. Georgia Southern, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton, Bucknell
  16. Texas Southern, Weber State, New Orleans, UC Irvine, Mount Saint Mary’s, Morgan State

On the Bubble:

Last 4 Byes:  Iowa State, Miami (Fl), Michigan State, California

Last 4 In:  Texas Tech, Michigan, NC State, Clemson

First 4 Out: Georgia, Wichita State, Wake Forest, VCU

Next 4 Out:  Pittsburgh, Utah, Oklahoma State, Memphis

Four More:  Illinois, Rhode Island, Central Florida, Providence

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RSN Bracketology Seed List Update (Jan. 25)

RSN Power Rankings (Jan. 23)

Week 8

  1.  Villanova (19-1)           villanova_wildcats_logo

Last week’s ranking:  1  (-)

Villanova has bounced back from their loss at Butler with 5 straight Big East wins. Two easy home victories over Seton Hall and Providence rounded out the last week for the Wildcats. Up next is a potential trap game with a trip to Marquette, leading up to their massive non-conference matchup with Virginia on Sunday.

2.  Gonzaga (19-0)             gonzaga-logo

Last week’s ranking: 2 (-)

The Bulldogs are the lone unbeaten left in College Basketball and their performances show why. A drubbing of Saint Mary’s, their only competition in the WCC, proved that Gonzaga was here to stay. The Dogs have a string of 6 games they will be expected to win before traveling to Saint Mary’s College for their awaited rematch with the Gaels.

3.  Kansas (18-1)                 university_of_kansas_jayhawk_logo

Last week’s ranking: 4 (UP 1)

The next 3 games will prove what the Jayhawks are truly made of. We have been criticising Kansas’ lack of non conference difficulty and their close calls thus far in Big 12 play for weeks now. It won’t get any tougher than two road games in a row at West Virginia and at Kentucky, followed by Baylor at Allen FIeldhouse for Kansas. This is there chance to prove themselves as the #1 team in the country.

4.  Baylor (18-1)                  baylor_university_athletics_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking: 3 (DOWN 1)

Many dismissed Baylor after a tough game in Morgantown, despite their first #1 ranking in their history. Baylor is for real. With wins over Louisville, Oregon, and Xavier, amongst others, the Bears have proven that they can take down top tier teams. Johnathan Motley and Co. host Texas Tech before traveling to Mississippi as part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

5.  Kentucky (17-2)           kentucky_wildcats_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking: 6 (UP 1)

A hot and talented South Carolina team rolled into Rupp Arena to attempt to unseat Kentucky at the top of the SEC on Saturday… only to fall down 28-12 in the first 12 minutes. The Gamecocks looked totally discombobulated on offense to start, and while clawing back into it to make it a game, Kentucky held them off to cruise to their league leading 7th SEC win. While UK’s next fixture is a trip to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers, all eyes will be on the Wildcats on Saturday when they face Kansas in a top 5 matchup.

6.  Florida State (18-2)      florida_state_seminoles_alternate_logo

Last week’s ranking: 8 (UP 2)

A few weeks ago, Florida State sunk their teeth into a 6 game stretch in which they’d face 6 ranked teams. At the conclusion, the Seminoles took 5 out of 6, with the lone loss being at Chapel Hill. The run included wins over Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, and a road win at Virginia. The Seminoles are on the brink of the 1 line in our bracketology and are arguably the best team in a stacked ACC.

7. Arizona (18-2)                university_of_arizona_block_a-svg

Last week’s ranking: 14 (UP 7)

Arizona is on a surge in which they’ve jumped to the top of the Pac 12 standings and are winners of 12 straight. A fantastic win at UCLA led by freshman standout Lauri Markkanen came just days after a solid road effort at USC. The WIldcats are as hot as any team in the nation and are looking like serious contenders come March under Sean Miller.

8. North Carolina (18-3)   university_of_north_carolina_tarheels_interlocking_nc_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking:  11 (UP 3)

North Carolina jumps back into the top 10 after 6 straight ACC wins including taking down powerhouse Florida State. A close call in Chestnut Hill, squeaking out a victory over Boston College, closed out another successful week. On Thursday the Tar Heels welcome Virginia Tech into Chapel Hill before traveling to Miami for a date with the Hurricanes.

9. Oregon (18-2)                  oregonducks-svg

Last week’s ranking:  10 (UP 1)

Dillon Brooks and the Ducks are red hot headed into Utah on Thursday night. While Utah remains bubbly, they are a sleeper in the Pac 12. Oregon will need to continue their good form to walk out with a W. The Ducks took down California and Stanford at home in their previous two games, both by comfortable margins, and sit with Arizona atop the Pac 12 standings.

10. UCLA (19-2)                   ucla_bruins_logo

Last week’s ranking:  5 (DOWN 5)

UCLA rounds out the top 10 as the 3rd Pac 12 team included. The Bruins fall but remain in the top 10 after their home loss to Arizona. Despite falling to the Wildcats, UCLA is still a top tier team and have one of the most talented cores in basketball. A trip to USC, losers of 3 of their last 5, provides a good chance to bounce back with a solid victory.

11. Notre Dame  (UP 1)

12. Wisconsin  (UP 7)

13. Louisville  (-)

14. Butler (UP 2)

15. Cincinnati  (UP 2)

16. Virginia  (UP 2)

17. Maryland (NEW)

18. Duke (DOWN 3)

19. West Virginia (DOWN 10)

20. Purdue  (UP 1)

21. Creighton (DOWN 14)

22. SMU (UP 1)

23. South Carolina (NEW)

24. Florida  (DOWN 4)

25. Saint Mary’s (DOWN 3)

Dropped Out: Xavier, TCU

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RSN Power Rankings (Jan. 23)