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It was a nasty week, not only for the weather but for ranked college basketball teams, as well. Eight of the top nine teams in last week’s Power 16 – all but North Carolina – suffered a loss.

That bit of on-court upheaval resulted in North Carolina switching places with former No. 1 Oklahoma this week.

And that’s fine. After all, the Tar Heels have probably – the key word being probably – have been playing better than anyone else for a month or so.

The rankings figure to get a bit of a shaking up this week, too, with matchups such as No. 11

Kansas at Iowa State (Monday); No. 5 Xavier at No. 6 Providence (Tuesday); No. 4 Texas A&M at Arkansas (Wednesday); No. 7 Iowa at No. 9 Maryland (Thursday); and No. 14 Virginia at No.

15 Louisville, Iowa State at No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 2 Oklahoma at LSU and No. 16 Kentucky at No. 11 Kentucky (Sunday).

This week’s updated Power 16:

Rank (Last week’s rank)
Record
Comment
1. North Carolina (2)
18-2
The Tar Heels, with an 11-game winning streak, have just a Saturday home game vs. Boston College this week.
2. Oklahoma (1)
16-2
The Sooners bounced back nicely from the loss in Ames by winning in Waco.
3. Villanova (3)
17-3
The home-court advantage wasn’t much for the Wildcats against Providence Sunday.
4. Texas A&M (10)
17-2
Billy Kennedy should be on any short list of candidates for National Coach of the Year.
5. Xavier (4)
17-2
Batting .500 during the week, especially in the Big East, isn’t always a bad thing for highly ranked teams.
6.  Providence (11)
17-3
In so many ways – the run for a Big East title, Big East tournament and NCAA tournament seeding – that win at Villanova was huge for the Friars.
7. Iowa  (14)
16-3
The Hawkeyes’ three losses were by a total of 12 points.
8. Michigan St. (9)
17-4
The Spartans picked a perfect time to snap a three-game losing streak.
9. Maryland (7)
17-3
Fortunately for the Terps, there are no more games scheduled in Michigan this season.
10. West Virginia (8)
16-3
The Mountaineers recovered from a home loss in time to edge Texas Tech in Lubbock.
11. Kansas (6)
16-3
The Jayhawks’ past two road games have ended in 11- (West Virginia) and 19-point (Oklahoma State losses), which might not bode well for what happens in Ames Monday night.
12. SMU (5)
18-1
There was a downside to being in Philadelphia beyond the snow.
13. Indiana (NR)
17-3
I haven’t seen a lot written of late about Tom Crean’s job status.
14. Virginia (NR)
15-4
Consecutive home wins over Clemson and Syracuse eased memories – for a bit, at least – of the three-game road ACC losing streak the Cavaliers have hanging over their heads for now.
15. Louisville (NR)
16-3
All things considered, this is one of Rick Pitino’s best coaching jobs during a career in which few have coached as well.
16. Kentucky (NR)
15-4
All things considered, it was the best on-court week in a while for the Wildcats.

ON THE CUSP: Arizona 16-4, Arkansas-Little Rock 17-2, Baylor 15-4, Cal 14-6, Clemson 12-7, Dayton 16-3, Duke 15-5, Iowa State 15-4, Miami-Fla. 15-3, Oregon 16-4, Pittsburgh 16-3, Purdue 17-4, Saint Mary’s 17-2, San Diego State 14-6, South Carolina 17-2 and Wichita State 14-5.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (Jan. 18-24)

*Devin Coleman (Temple): The senior guard came off the bench to hit all eight shots – seven of those from behind the arc – to score 23 points as the Owls handed SMU its first loss of the season Sunday in Philadelphia.

*Yogi Ferrell (Indiana): The senior point guard averaged 16.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists in wins over Northwestern and Illinois as the Hoosiers improved to 7-zip in the Big Ten.

*Brice Johnson (North Carolina): The 6-9 senior averaged 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 3.0 steals in ACC wins over Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

*Trey Kell (San Diego State): The 6-4 sophomore averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals as the Aztecs knocked off Fresno State and Utah State to improve to 7-0 in the MWC.

*Jakob Poeltl (Utah): The 7-foot sophomore picked up Pac 12 POW honors for the third time after averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in road victories against Washington State and Washington.

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