RSN Power Rankings (Feb. 6)

Week 10

  1.  Gonzaga (24-0)                       gonzaga-logo

Last week’s ranking:  1  (-)

Nearly the entire top 5 lost this past week securing the #1 spot for Gonzaga for the secon straight week. Later this week comes the matchup which could potentially determine wether Gonzaga runs the table or not. The Bulldogs travel to Saint Mary’s in a much anticipated rematch on Saturday. Two nights before that, Nigel Williams-Goss and Co. have a tune up against Loyola Marymount at 10 PM E.T.

2.  Kansas (20-3)                            university_of_kansas_jayhawk_logo

Last week’s ranking: 2 (-)

Despite taking down both #4 Kentucky and #2 Baylor in a matter of days, the Jayhawks were stunned at home by Iowa State. Kansas had numerous chances to close out the Cyclones but settled for overtime where they were edged by 3. They have their first chance to bounce back in a rivalry-week matchup at Kansas State tonight. The Wildcats come off a road win at Baylor and nearly took down Kansas at the Phog earlier this season, losing on a no-travel call.

3.  Villanova (22-2)                       villanova_wildcats_logo

Last week’s ranking: 3 (-)

Villanova got to relax a bit with matchups with two of the Big East’s lesser teams after their stunning victory over Virginia. They handled Providence and St. John’s this past week and host a Georgetown team who lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Seton Hall this past weekend. Post-Georgetown, the Wildcats will embark on a 3 game road trip with games at Xavier, DePaul, and Seton Hall.

4.  Baylor (20-3)                            baylor_university_athletics_logo-svg

Last week’s ranking: 3 (DOWN 1)

After losing just 1 of their first 21 games, Baylor endured a tough week composed of two late-game losses. They hung with Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse for 39 minutes before collapsing in the final minute. They were then stunned by Kansas State at home after falling behind early. In danger of 3 straight losses, the Bears travel to a red hot Oklahoma State.

5.  North Carolina (21-4)           university_of_north_carolina_tarheels_interlocking_nc_logo-svg     

Last week’s ranking: 6 (UP 1)

A water shortage caused a one-day postponement of North Carolina’s date with Notre Dame and a move to the Greensboro Coliseum. This didn’t stop the Tar Heels as they handled the Irish, who are losers of 4 straight. Thursday welcomes 2017’s first rendition of the Tobacco Road Rivalry as Duke welcomes the Heels at 8 PM E.T.

6.  Arizona (21-3)                        university_of_arizona_block_a-svg

Last week’s ranking: 5 (UP 2)

Well then. Oregon was host to the Wildcats over the weekend for a highly anticipated Pac-12 tie. Arizona looked as if they were a middle school team playing in the C division of their local county league. Oregon hammered ‘Zona by 27 in a game that was never in doubt. Despite this, Arizona moves down just one spot and remain a contender. It was just a bad game we think.

7. Louisville (19-4)                    i

Last week’s ranking: 9 (UP 2)

After a loss to Florida State a few games back, the Cardinals have rattled off 3 straight against a few of the ACC’s lesser teams. NC State and Boston College fell victim to Rick Pitino’s squad this past week leading up to a huge game next time out. Donovan Mitchell leads Louisville into Virginia for a matchup with the #12 Cavaliers tonight.

8. Cincinnati (21-2)                   cincinnati_bearcats-svg

Last week’s ranking:  8 (-)

A 14 game win streak has Cincinnati up to an unlikely 3 seed in our latest bracketology. A 10-0 record in a modest AAC is still impressive to go along with a road win at Iowa State earlier this year. UCF is next up but a trip to underrated SMU looms in the near future. Despite Troy Caupain’s 3 point decrease in PPG from last year, it is clear that the foundation around him is extremely solid this time around.

9. Oregon (21-3)                      oregonducks-svg

Last week’s ranking:  12 (UP 3)

Oregon has gotten back on track after a stunning upset at Colorado with two straight wins. As stated earlier, the Ducks absolutely pounded Arizona at home and now hold the longest home win streak in college basketball. The Arizona win was worth a celebration but there is no time for that as Oregon prepares for a road tie with UCLA.

10. Wisconsin (20-3)              university_of_wisconsin_waving_w-svg

Last week’s ranking:  13 (UP 3)

Wisconsin enters the top 10 for the first time this season in our rankings thanks to a 7 game win streak and the Big-10 conference lead. After an unimpressive display in a win over Rutgers, the Badgers have upped their game with wins over Illinois and Indiana. Up next for Nigel Hayes and head coach Greg Gard is a trip to pesky Nebraska.

11. Florida State  (UP 5)

12. UCLA  (UP 2)

13. West Virginia  (DOWN 3)

14. Florida  (UP 6)

15. Virginia  (DOWN 4)

16. Kentucky  (DOWN 9)

17. South Carolina  (UP 1)

18. SMU  (UP 1)

19. Butler  (DOWN 2)

20. Purdue  (UP 5)

21. Maryland  (DOWN 6)

22. Duke  (UP 1)

23. Xavier  (NEW)

24. Saint Mary’s  (-)

25. Northwestern  (DOWN 4)

Dropped Out: Notre Dame

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