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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