Kentucky thrived in its most challenging stretch of SEC play to date, beating Florida and Vanderbilt to maintain the No. 1 spot in the B/R Writers Rankings.
While the Wildcats found success last week, other Top 25 teams didn't fare as well. Harvard was relegated to the poll's periphery after losing to Princeton, Murray State endured a drop after falling for the first time and Creighton barely maintained a ranking after losing three straight.
Read on to see where everyone else stands.
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Voters: Ryan Eshleman, Ari Kramer, Jesse Kramer, David Mayer, Thad Novak, Daniel O'Brien, Matt Overing, Robert Pace, Andrew Pregler, Josh Schoch, Jordan Schwartz, Gene Siudut, James Sullivan, Dan Vasta
Dropped From Rankings
Others Receiving Votes
Southern Miss, 7
New Mexico, 2
Iowa State, 1
Record: 21-5, 11-4 MVC
Previous Ranking: 18
Voting Points: 21
In the midst of a three-game skid, Creighton barely clung to a spot in the poll.
The Blue Jays have fallen to Northern Iowa, Evansville and Wichita State in the past two weeks, making this week's games against Southern Illinois and Long Beach State must-wins.
Fifty percent of voters ranked Creighton, which peaked at No. 20.
Record: 22-4, 13-2 MVC
Previous Ranking: NR
Voting Points: 21
Wichita State has won 12 of its past 13 games, and Saturday's win at Creighton helped the Shockers finally crack the Top 25. Beating the Blue Jays by 21 points made quite a statement.
The Shockers, who won by an average of 23 points last week, appeared on six ballots and topped at No. 19.
Record: 17-8, 9-3 Big East
Previous Ranking: NR
Voting Points: 40
Sitting in third place in the Big East, Notre Dame made its first appearance in the B/R Writers Rankings. The Fighting Irish, who have vastly exceeded expectations, defeated West Virginia and DePaul last week.
Wins don't come easily in the Big East, but Notre Dame's remaining schedule is certainly favorable. They'll host Rutgers and visit Villanova this week.
The Fighting Irish ranked as high as No. 18.
Record: 19-6, 6-4 SEC
Previous Ranking: 19
Voting Points: 45
Mississippi State avenged its loss to Ole Miss by beating the Rebels last week, but falling to Georgia at home resulted in a four-spot drop in the poll.
With a pair of road games at LSU and Auburn, Mississippi State needs to regroup and earn two wins this week.
The Bulldogs didn't appear on four ballots, and they ranked as high as No. 18.
Record: 19-5, 6-4 ACC
Previous Ranking: 20
Voting Points: 65
After routing Wake Forest, Virginia fell by 18 points at UNC. The Cavaliers have gone just 5-4 since starting 14-1, but Mike Scott's level of play has remained exceptional.
Two voters didn't rank Virginia, which peaked at No. 15.
Record: 19-7, 9-4 Big Ten
Previous Ranking: 24
Voting Points: 74
Michigan earned its first set of back-to-back wins since Jan. 11, beating Nebraska and Illinois last week. If the Wolverines can upset Ohio State in Ann Arbor on Saturday, they'll have put their inconsistencies behind them.
Though two voters didn't include Michigan on their ballots, the Wolverines appeared as high as No. 14.
Record: 19-6, 8-4 Big Ten
Previous Ranking: 22
Voting Points: 108
After losing three straight around the turn of the calendar, Wisconsin has won seven of its last eight games to remain in the Big Ten race. The Badgers sit just one game behind Ohio State and Michigan State, which they'll play on Thursday.
Wisconsin ranked between No. 14 and No. 24.
Record: 20-5, 8-4 Big East
Previous Ranking: 25
Voting Points: 109
Louisville will take its six-game winning streak into tonight's matchup with Syracuse.
The Cardinals, who are back on track after their midseason slump, appeared as high as No. 11 and as low as No. 24.
Record: 17-7, 8-2 ACC
Previous Ranking: 16
Voting Points: 112
Despite beating Miami, Florida State fell two spots because of its loss to Boston College. The Seminoles had won seven straight before losing to the Eagles, who are 8-17.
Florida State is still immersed in a three-way tie atop the ACC, and Saturday's game at North Carolina State is very important for conference tournament seeding. The Wolfpack sits one game behind the Seminoles.
Voters ranked Florida State between No. 13 and No. 23.
Record: 23-3, 12-1 WCC
Previous Ranking: 13
Voting Points: 114
Gonzaga dealt Saint Mary's its first loss in a month-and-a-half this past week, causing the Gaels to drop a few spots in the poll. Rob Jones and company, however, bounced back immediately with a 82-67 win over Santa Clara.
One voter didn't rank Saint Mary's while one had the Gaels at No. 13.
Record: 19-6, 7-6 Big Ten
Previous Ranking: 21
Voting Points: 123
As a result of a win over Illinois and the setbacks of others, Indiana jumped five spots in the poll.
The Hoosiers, who have won three of four, ranked between No. 14 and No. 24.
Record: 20-4, 6-2 MWC
Previous Ranking: 15
Voting Points: 137
San Diego State couldn't complete the season sweep of UNLV, losing by two to the Rebels on Saturday. The Aztecs held a one-point lead with less than one minute remaining, but, following three consecutive UNLV points, they couldn't force overtime on the game's final possession.
SDSU's schedule won't get any easier this week, when they host New Mexico. The Lobos have won five straight and are tied with the Aztecs and Rebels atop the MWC.
Voters ranked San Diego State as high as No. 10 and as low as No. 22.
Record: 24-1, 12-1 OVC
Previous Ranking: 8
Voting Points: 146
Murray State finally lost—last Thursday to Tennessee State—but the Racers didn't allow their first loss to carry over. Austin Peay wasn't as lucky as the Tigers, falling as 19-point victims to the Racers on Saturday.
Isaiah Canaan averaged 27 points last week, and Murray State ranked as high as No. 11 and as low as No. 25.
Record: 19-6, 7-3 SEC
Previous Ranking: 10
Voting Points: 180
First, Florida lost by 20 at Kentucky. Then, the Gators fell to Tennessee for the second time this year.
It certainly wasn't a good week for Florida basketball, but Billy Donovan's squad still peaked at No. 5. One voter didn't rank the Gators.
Record: 21-5, 10-3 Big East
Previous Ranking: 17
Voting Points: 190
Marquette ascended five spots after beating DePaul and Cincinnati by an average of 15 points.
The Golden Eagles, who have won nine of 10, ranked between No. 10 and No. 16.
Record: 22-4, 6-2 MWC
Previous Ranking: 14
Voting Points: 208
UNLV avenged its January loss to San Diego State by beating the Aztecs four weeks later. In Saturday's exciting rematch, the Rebels blew a double-digit second-half lead, but held on for the win.
The Rebels, who ranked as high as No. 9 and as low as No. 14, will visit TCU and New Mexico this week.
Record: 19-5, 9-4 Big East
Previous Ranking: 11
Voting Points: 214
After nearly stealing a win at the Carrier Dome, Georgetown disposed of St. John's for the second time this season. The Hoyas would have preferred a win at Syracuse, but at least they proved they can play with anyone in the conference.
Georgetown ranked between No. 7 and No. 15.
Record: 21-4, 8-4 Big 12
Previous Ranking: 5
Voting Points: 231
Baylor had an opportunity to finish last week in first place, but losses to Kansas and Missouri relegated the Bears to third place and, in all likelihood, extinguished their chance of winning the conference's regular season title.
The Bears, who can rebound at home against Iowa State and Kansas State, came in as high as No. 7 and as low as No. 12.
Record: 20-5, 9-3 Big Ten
Previous Ranking: 12
Voting Points: 261
Visiting teams rarely win at Ohio State, but Michigan State made itself an exception by beating the Buckeyes in Columbus. As a result, the Spartans are now tied for first place in the Big Ten.
Tom Izzo's squad ranked between No. 5 and No. 10.
Record: 21-4, 8-2 ACC
Previous Ranking: 6
Voting Points: 261
North Carolina fell victim to one of the best comebacks you'll see this year, as Duke erased the Tar Heels' late 10-point lead to win at the buzzer.
Fortunately for UNC, Tyler Zeller, once again, put the team on his back and helped the Heels rebound with a win over Virginia.
Voters ranked UNC as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 9.
Record: 21-4, 9-3 Big Ten
Previous Ranking: 3
Voting Points: 284
Ohio State mustered just 48 points against Michigan State and lost at home. A win over the Spartans would have separated the Buckeyes from the rest of the Big Ten, but now they're tied with MSU for first place.
The Buckeyes ranked between No. 4 and No. 9.
Record: 20-5, 10-2 Big 12
Previous Ranking: 9
Voting Points: 289
Kansas used a 34-4 run—that's not a typo—to pull away from Baylor. In Waco, Texas.
After dominating the Bears, the Jayhawks also easily disposed of Oklahoma State to remain tied with Missouri for first place in the Big 12.
Kansas ranked as high as No. 2 and as low as No. 7.
Record: 21-4, 8-2 ACC
Previous Ranking: 7
Voting Points: 299
Duke trailed UNC by 10 with 2:35 remaining, but a 13-2 run capped by Austin Rivers' buzzer-beating three gave the Blue Devils an impressive win over the Tar Heels. Then, they soundly defeated Maryland to remain tied for first with UNC and Florida State.
The Blue Devils ranked between No. 4 and No. 6.
Record: 23-2, 10-2 Big 12
Previous Ranking: 4
Voting Points: 322
Fortunately for Missouri, Stephen Pledger's celebration was unwarranted. The Tigers earned the win in Oklahoma and subsequently defeated Baylor for the second time this season.
This week, the Tigers, who were ranked No. 3 on every ballot, have an opportunity to avenge an earlier loss to Oklahoma State.
Record: 25-1, 12-1 Big East
Previous Ranking: 2
Voting Points: 338
Syracuse received two first place votes after beating Georgetown and dominating the final six minutes against UConn.
Tonight, the Orange look to extend their five-game winning streak by beating Louisville, which has won six straight.
Syracuse ranked no lower than No. 2 on any ballots.
Record: 25-1, 11-0 SEC
Previous Ranking: 1
Voting Points: 348
Kentucky all but clinched the SEC regular season crown this week, beating Florida and Vanderbilt. With five games left, the Wildcats lead the second-place Gators by three games in the loss column.
Syracuse stole two first place votes, but both voters tabbed the Wildcats at No. 2.
1. Kentucky, 348
2. Syracuse, 338
3. Missouri, 322
4. Duke, 299
5. Kansas, 289
6. Ohio State, 284
7. North Carolina, 261
7. Michigan State, 261
9. Baylor, 231
10. Georgetown, 214
11. UNLV, 208
12. Marquette, 190
13. Florida, 180
14. Murray State, 146
15. San Diego State, 137
16. Indiana, 123
17. Saint Mary's, 114
18. Florida State, 112
19. Louisville, 109
20, Wisconsin, 108
21. Michigan, 74
22. Virginia, 65
23. Mississippi State, 45
24. Notre Dame, 40
25. Wichita State, 21
25. Creighton, 21
Others receiving votes: Temple (17), Harvard (8), Vanderbilt (8), Southern Miss (7), Gonzaga (6), New Mexico (2), Iowa State (1)
Big East: 5
Big Ten: 5
Big 12: 3