Rank (Last Week)
1. Kentucky (1)
A March 4 date in Gainesville is the last significant obstacle to an unbeaten SEC regular season.
2. Syracuse (2)
Jim Boeheim has coached three teams into national championship games, with the Orange winning it all in 2003. This squad may be better than any of those.
3. Missouri (4)
Can we just fast-forward to Feb. 25 and the Tigers’ game with Kansas in Lawrence?
4. Kansas (6)
If for nothing else, the improvement of Jeff Withey would be enough to get Bill Self serious National Coach of the Year consideration.
5. Michigan State (8)
The Spartans’ victory in Columbus Saturday evening stacks up comfortably as the most impressive road win of the season (although Wichita State fans might suggest otherwise).
6. Ohio State (3)
Remember how secure a No. 1 seed felt for the Buckeyes? The Spartans jolted that assumption Saturday night.
7. Duke (9)
How many times between now and when he finally makes his NBA debut will we see Austin Rivers’ game-winning 3 at North Carolina?
8. North Carolina (5)
Even in the gut-wrenching loss to the Blue Devils, Tyler Zeller looked like he may be evolving into the front-runner for ACC POY.
9. Baylor (7)
After four losses to Kansas and Missouri by a collective 48 points, it’s safe to assume that the Bears aren’t one of the two best teams in the Big 12.
10. UNLV (15)
The Rebels’ defense really strapped it on when it counted Saturday against San Diego State.
11. Florida State (11)
The Seminoles’ loss at Boston College and its predominantly freshmen crew was nearly as flabbergasting as was the Seminoles’ 33-point shellacking of North Carolina a month ago.
12. San Diego State (14)
Unless New Mexico upsets the MWC applecart, the Aztecs and UNLV seem likely to meet for a third time this season on March 10 in the Thomas & Mack Center
13. Indiana (16)
I don’t know about you but I haven’t stopped thinking about how cool a Zeller vs. Zeller matchup would be in, say, the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
14. Wichita State (NR)
What this team did in Omaha on Saturday bordered on the truly shocking. Sorry, I couldn’t resist!
15. Gonzaga (NR)

Could a freshman (Kevin Pangos) be the WCC Player of the Year? It wouldn’t be startling, that’s for sure.

16. St. Mary’s (12)
Then, again, the Gaels have two pretty good WCC POY candidates themselves in Rob Jones and Matthew Dellavedova.

On the cusp: Creighton 21-5, Murray State 24-1, Georgetown 19-5, Virginia 19-5, Wisconsin 19-6, Michigan 19-7, Notre Dame 17-8 Marquette 21-5, Louisville 20-5, Cal 20-6, North Carolina State 18-7, Temple 19-5, Florida 19-6, Harvard 21-3, Iowa State 18-7, Vanderbilt 17-8, Long Beach State 19-6, Virginia Commonwealth 22-5 and Southern Mississippi 21-4.


TEAMS: Kentucky (knocked off two SEC opponents that will be in the NCAA Tournament: Florida, by 20 points, and Vanderbilt, by six); Duke (rallied from 10 points down late to edge North Carolina at the buzzer in Chapel Hill via a 3-pointer by freshman Austin Rivers and Maryland by 18 in Durham); Syracuse (pulled off home Big East victories over Georgetown and Connecticut); Kansas (hammered Big 12 foes Baylor and Oklahoma State by 14 and 15 points, respectively); Michigan State (went 3-0 in Big Ten with wins over Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State); Temple (extended A-10 winning streak to eight with home victories over George Washington and Xavier).


PLAYERS: Anthony Davis (Kentucky/31 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in the wins over Florida and Vanderbilt); Jeff Withey (Kansas/43 points, 25 rebounds and 10 blocked shots against Baylor and Oklahoma State); Draymond Green (Michigan State/49 points, 37 rebounds and 11 assists in Big Ten wins over Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State); Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga/48 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and zero turnovers for the freshman guard in the Bulldogs’ WCC wins over Saint Mary’s and Loyola-Marymount); Casper Ware (Long Beach State/career-high 38 points, on eight of 15 3s, at Pacific in Big West action); Ramone Moore (Temple/55 points in Atlantic 10 wins over George Washington and Xavier); Tyler Zeller (North Carolina/48 points and 20 rebounds in ACC games with Duke and Virginia).


Frank Burlison has been covering hoops for 30+ years for a variety of publications.

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  1. Thanks for the february

    Thanks for the february ranking. It’s a pity I didn’t have enough time to enjoy the games(( But I now have a lot of  hopes for april! Does anyone know where I can find some details and rankings for April games? If yes, please, contact me!

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