NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:51am

There are some terrific college hoops rivalries going these days.

And one of the best of those – that between the Big Ten Conference’s Michigan and Michigan State – is set to resume on Saturday in East Lansing.

The Spartans hung onto their No. 4 slot in the updated Power 16 while the Wolverines returned (at No. 16) while taking a seven-game winning streak into their conference game at No. 14 Iowa Wednesday night.

It should be among the most compelling of matchups this weekend.

Rank (Last Week)
1. Arizona (1)
Trip to the Bay Area in week (Jan. 29 Stanford and Feb. 1 California) looking like toughest trek of Pac 12 season for Wildcats.
2. Syracuse (2)
Must avoid looking ahead to Feb. 1 (home vs. Duke) with trips to Miami and Wake Forest on tap this week.
3. Michigan St. (3)
Have held up pretty well without Adreian Payne (4-0).
4. Florida (7)
The Gators try to stretch it to 10 in a row Thursday night in Tuscaloosa.
5. Wichita State (5)
Wednesday night MVC rematch at Illinois didn't prove to be a stumbling block.
6. San Diego State (10)
Is anyone guarding better than Steve Fisher’s Aztecs have this season?
7. Cincinnati (12)
The Bearcats take 10-game winning streak into Thursday game vs. Central Florida.
8. Creighton (13)
There are stunning jump-shooting performances and then there is what Creighton turned in at Villanova last week. Wow . . .
9. Pittsburgh (14)
Like Syracuse, the transition to ACC has been smoother than most assumed.
10. Kansas (15)
The four defeats are by a combined margin of 17 points, three of those against teams ranked 5, 6 and 13 in these ratings.
11. Oklahoma State (8)
Three losses by a combined 10 points – most recently by a deuce at Kansas.
12. Wisconsin (4)
The Badgers lose two toughies and will attest to just how tough the Big Ten is, folks.
13. Villanova (6)
I’m sure Jay Wright will have his club’s perimeter defense quite a bit sharper when it visits Omaha on Feb. 16.
14. Iowa (ur)
The Hawkeyes are certainly playing as well as anyone in the toughest (Big Ten) conference right now.
15. Massachusetts (NR)

Welcome aboard, fellas. Minutemen make Power 16 debut.

16. Michigan (NR)
The Wolverines re-appear in the Power 16 and have managed to look like a Sweet 16 team of late even without Mitch McGary.

THE NEXT 16 (alphabetical): California 14-4, Colorado 15-4, Connecticut 15-4, Duke 14-4, Gonzaga 16-3, Green Bay 15-3, Iowa State 14-3, Kansas State 14-5, Kentucky 14-4, Louisville 16-3, Memphis 13-4, Ohio State 15-4, Saint Louis 17-2, SMU 15-4, Texas 15-4 and Virginia 14-5.

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