Drew Gordon and New Mexico have taken control of the Mountain West.
WORK IN PROGRESS POWER RANKINGS
1. Kentucky (26-1)
2. Syracuse (27-1)
3. Missouri (25-2)
4. Duke (23-4)
5. Michigan State (22-5)
6. Kansas (22-5)
7. North Carolina (23-4)
8. Ohio State (22-5)
9. Marquette (22-5)
10. Baylor (22-5)
11. Georgetown (20-5)
12. New Mexico (22-4)
13. Michigan (20-7)
14. Wichita State (24-4)
15. Wisconsin (20-7)
16. Florida (21-6)
17. Notre Dame (19-8)
18. Temple (21-5)
19. Louisville (21-6)
20. Saint Louis (22-5)
21. UNLV (22-6)
22. Murray State (26-1)
23. Indiana (20-7)
24. Florida State (19-7)
25. Vanderbilt (19-8)
Just Missing Out: Gonzaga (21-5), Saint Mary’s (23-5), San Diego State (20-6), Virginia (20-6)
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Phil Pressey’s Tigers will be put to the test twice this week.
Michigan at Northwestern, 7 pm on BTN; Georgetown at Seton Hall, 6 pm on ESPN3; North Carolina at NC State, 7 pm on ESPN3
Three teams currently sitting on the edge of the bubble have great opportunities to notch a win against a ranked opponent at home. Northwestern knocked off Michigan State in Evanston in January, and a win against the Wolverines would go a long way in the Wildcats’ quest to make their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. NC State’s resume is sorely missing a marquee win, and the Wolfpack blew a golden opportunity last week when they let a 20 point lead evaporate against Duke. Seton Hall would probably be in the Tournament if the season ended right now, but currently their best win is either against West Virginia or UConn. A win over the top-1o Hoyas would be a major statement for the Pirates, who have lost eight of their last 11 games.
Kansas State at Missouri, 6 pm on ESPN2
The Tigers were able to avenge one of their two losses on the year by beating Oklahoma State last week. Can Mizzou avenge the other loss this week when K-State comes in to Columbia? It could be a challenge, the Wildcats beat Mizzou by 16 in January and are a fresh off an impressive road victory against Baylor. A win over the Tigers would basically lock the Wildcats into the NCAA Tournament.
Duke at Florida State, 6 pm on ESPN
Having already beaten Duke and North Carolina, the Seminoles will be looking for the their third win against a top-10 team this season. Michael Snaer’s buzzer-beater gave the Seminoles the victory over the Blue Devils when the two teams played last month at Cameron Indoor. Duke has won four straight games since losing to Miami at home on Super Bowl Sunday. The Noles have a pretty good resume, and could be looking at a top-4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Of course, that’s only if they avoid more ugly losses like the one they had against awful Boston College.
Marquette at West Virginia, 8 pm on ESPN
It’s a rare college basketball game worth watching on a Friday night. Marquette has been on a role lately, winning 10 of their last 11 games, and suddenly, the Golden Eagles look like a Final Four contender. The Mountaineers on the other hand, have lost five of their last seven contests. While Huggins’ crew is still safely in the tournament field, a win over Marquette would definitely improve their somewhat soft resume.
North Carolina at Virginia, 3 pm on ESPN
Virginia has had a solid season, but the Cavaliers have yet to win a game against any of the other top ACC teams. The Wahoos dropped games on the road against Duke, Carolina and Florida State, but they get the Tar Heels and Noles at home in the next week. The Heels have done a nice job bouncing back from their loss against Duke, but they face two tough road tests this week at Virginia and NC State. A 2-0 week would be very impressive, but that’s the kind of output we expected from the Heels this season.
Missouri at Kansas, 3 pm on CBS
Get ready to hear all about how this could be the last time these two great rivals play against each for a very long time. Like, all of two weeks when they could face off in the Big 12 title game. We got a great, close game when these teams played three weeks ago, and I expect another good one this time around. Hopefully there won’t be as many questionable calls from the refs.
Wisconsin at Ohio State, 3 pm on CBS
The rivalry between the Badgers and Buckeyes has really escalated in the last year and half, in both football and basketball. After knocking of the N0. 1 Buckeyes in football and basketball last season, the Badgers have lost three straight games to Ohio State in the two sports combined. For the rivalry to truly continue, Wisconsin will have to start winning against the Buckeyes. Perhaps that will start this weekend when Bo Ryan’s team travels to Columbus. The Badgers lost to the Buckeyes at home earlier this month, but Ohio State has struggled at home recently, barely beating Purdue before losing to Michigan State. Ohio State will be trying to sweep the season series from the Badgers for the first time since Ryan became head coach of the Badgers.