NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 13
It was a wild week in college basketball. Upsets were plentiful, but Michigan managed to continue winning and earn the No. 1 ranking. Following close behind at No. 2 were the Kansas Jayhawks, and Florida, Indiana and Duke filled out the top five.
Ole Miss was the only new team to crack the rankings this week, but Miami (FL) made a big surge from No. 24 to No. 14.
Read on to see the complete Top 25.
Others Receiving Votes
UCLA, 25 points
Memphis, 19 points
Baylor, 17 points
Notre Dame, 14 points
Georgetown, 13 points
Kentucky, 13 points
UNLV, 12 points
North Carolina, 11 points
Wisconsin, 8 points
Oklahoma State, 5 points
Arizona State, 5 points
Colorado State, 1 point
Villanova, 1 point
Belmont, 1 point
25. Kansas State Wildcats
Record: 15-4, 4-2 Big 12
Last Week's Rank: 16
Notable Wins: Florida (Neutral), Oklahoma State (Home)
Kansas State had a rough week, falling to Kansas and Iowa State. The two losses dropped the Wildcats into a three-way tie for third place in the Big 12.
On Wednesday, the Wildcats should be able to get a win over Texas, which is 9-10 overall and 1-5 in the Big 12.
24. New Mexico Lobos
Record: 17-3, 4-1 MWC
Last Week's Rank: 18
Notable Wins: UConn (Neutral), Cincinnati (Road), UNLV (Home), Colorado State (Home)
New Mexico was defeated by San Diego State on Saturday for its first loss in conference play. Only one Lobo, Kendall Williams, scored in double figures.
On Wednesday, the Lobos play another tough game at Wyoming.
23. Virginia Commonwealth Rams
Record: 16-5, 4-2 A10
Last Week's Rank: 12
Notable Wins: Memphis (Neutral), Belmont (Home)
Virginia Commonwealth entered last week with a 13-game winning streak, but the Rams lost both their contests to Richmond and La Salle.
To keep their Top 25 rankings, the Rams will likely have to beat both Rhode Island and Fordham this week.
T-21. San Diego State Aztecs
Record: 16-4, 4-2 MWC
Last Week's Rank: 25
Notable Wins: UCLA (Neutral), Colorado State (Home), New Mexico (Home)
San Diego State won each of its games this week by 21 points. On Wednesday, the Aztecs beat Nevada, 78-57, and on Saturday they beat New Mexico, 55-34.
With the win, they are now a half-game out of first place.
T-21. Missouri Tigers
Record: 15-4, 4-2 SEC
Last Week's Rank: 23
Notable Wins: VCU (Neutral), Illinois (Neutral)
Missouri finally looked like a Top 25 team once again in its 81-59 win over Vanderbilt. However, even Marist dominated Vanderbilt this season, so this win does not say much.
On Wednesday, the Tigers will play at LSU, which is in last place in the SEC.
20. Cincinnati Bearcats
Record: 16-4, 4-3 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 20
Notable Wins: Oregon (Neutral), Pitt (Road), Marquette (Home)
Cincinnati lost at Syracuse on Monday, 57-55, for its third straight game decided by five points or fewer.
The Bearcats' next three opponents, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Providence, all have losing records in Big East play.
19. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Record: 15-5, 3-4 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: T-14
Notable Wins: Memphis (Neutral), Michigan State (Home), Illinois (Road)
Since a hot, 3-0 start in the Big Ten, Minnesota has lost its last four games. On Saturday, the Golden Gophers had a chance to force overtime at Wisconsin, but Rodney Williams missed a game-tying free throw with a second remaining.
On Tuesday, Minnesota will try to end its losing streak when it hosts Nebraska.
18. Ole Miss Rebels
Record: 17-2, 6-0 SEC
Last Week's Rank: 22
Notable Wins: Missouri (Home)
Ole Miss has started SEC play at 6-0, but the Rebels' only good win is over Missouri without Laurence Bowers. In non-conference play, they had a pair of losses to mid-majors.
Their first big test will come on Saturday at Florida.
17. Creighton Bluejays
Record: 18-3, 7-2 MVC
Last Week's Rank: 15
Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Neutral), Arizona State (Neutral)
Creighton lost to Drake, but the voters had some mercy considering Doug McDermott was ill and threw up during halftime.
With a healthy McDermott, the Bluejays blew out Southern Illinois on the road on Sunday night.
16. North Carolina State Wolfpack
Record: 16-4, 5-2 ACC
Last Week's Rank: T-14
Notable Wins: UConn (Neutral), Duke (Home)
North Carolina State responded to its loss at Wake Forest with a win over its rival, North Carolina on Saturday. The Wolfpack led the Tar Heels by as many 28 points but won by only eight.
After playing at Virginia on Tuesday, the Wolfpack will host first-place Miami (FL) on Saturday.
15. Wichita State Shockers
Record: 19-2, 8-1 MVC
Last Week's Rank: 21
Notable Wins: VCU (Road), Creighton (Home)
Wichita State moved into complete control of first place in the Missouri Valley with a 73-39 win over Bradley on Saturday.
Oregon transfer Malcolm Armstead had 10 points, five rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the win.
14. Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Record: 15-3, 6-0 ACC
Last Week's Rank: 24
Notable Wins: Michigan State (Home), UNC (Road), Duke (Home)
Miami made a big leap in the rankings this week after blowing out Duke and Florida State. The Hurricanes have not lost when both Reggie Johnson and Durand Scott are healthy, and they are the only ACC team with fewer than two losses.
Miami will hit the road this week to take on Virginia Tech and North Carolina State.
13. Oregon Ducks
Record: 18-2, 7-0 Pac-12
Last Week's Rank: 19
Notable Wins: UNLV (Road), Arizona (Home), UCLA (Road)
Even without point guard Dominic Artis, Oregon defeated Washington on Saturday to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 play. At 7-0, the Ducks hold a 1.5-game lead over UCLA, which they already beat on the road.
The Ducks will take a road trip to California this week to face Stanford and Cal.
12. Louisville Cardinals
Record: 16-4, 4-3 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 5
Notable Wins: Missouri (Neutral), Memphis (Road), UConn (Road)
Since earning the No. 1 ranking, Louisville has dropped three consecutive games to Syracuse, Villanova and Georgetown. The Cardinals were in first place just a week and a half ago, but now they are in a six-way tie for fourth.
Next up on the Cardinals' schedule is Pittsburgh on Monday.
11. Ohio State Buckeyes
Record: 15-4, 5-2 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 17
Notable Wins: Michigan (Home)
Ohio State won at Penn State on Saturday to improve to 5-2 in the Big Ten. Sophomore Sam Thompson set his season-high in Big Ten games with 16 points.
Next up for the Buckeyes is Wisconsin on Tuesday.
10. Butler Bulldogs
Record: 17-3, 4-1 A10
Last Week's Rank: 9
Notable Wins: Marquette (Neutral), UNC (Neutral), Indiana (Neutral), Gonzaga (Home)
Butler's 13-game winning streak ended at La Salle last week, but there is not much shame in losing on the road to a NCAA tournament-caliber team without your leading scorer, Rotnei Clarke.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs celebrated Clarke's return with an 83-71 win over Temple to regain complete control of first place in the Atlantic 10.
9. Michigan State Spartans
Record: 17-4, 6-2 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 11
Notable Wins: Kansas (Neutral), Ohio State (Home), Wisconsin (Road)
Michigan State fell out of first place in the Big Ten with a loss at Indiana on Sunday, but by taking the Hoosiers down to the wire the Spartans showed that they are a legitimate contender in this conference.
This week, the Spartans host Illinois and Minnesota, which have both been struggling recently.
8. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Record: 19-2, 6-0 WCC
Last Week's Rank: 10
Notable Wins: Oklahoma (Neutral), Kansas State (Neutral), Baylor (Home), Oklahoma State (Road)
Gonzaga rebounded from the Butler loss with wins over Brigham Young and San Francisco last week. Against BYU, Kelly Olynyk had another great game with 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
This week, the Zags are on the road, facing Loyola Marymount and San Diego.
7. Arizona Wildcats
Record: 17-2, 5-2 Pac-12
Last Week's Rank: 6
Notable Wins: Florida (Home), Miami-FL (Neutral), San Diego State (Neutral), Colorado (Home)
On Thursday, Arizona lost to UCLA for its first home defeat of the 2012-13 season. On Saturday, the Wildcats rebounded with an easy win over USC.
Although Arizona was criticized for not scheduling tough games during non-conference play, its SOS currently ranked No. 5 in the nation.
6. Syracuse Orange
Record: 18-2, 6-1 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 4
Notable Wins: San Diego State (Neutral), Louisville (Road), Cincinnati (Home)
Syracuse's perfect Big East season ended in its seventh game with an overtime loss at Villanova. Michael Carter-Williams struggled down the stretch with a pair of turnovers, a missed field goal and a missed free throw in the final three minutes.
Even after that loss, the Orange have still won 28 of their last 30 Big East regular-season games.
On Saturday, the Orange will remain on the road to face Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center.
5. Duke Blue Devils
Record: 17-2, 4-2 ACC
Last Week's Rank: 1
Notable Wins: Kentucky (Neutral), Minnesota (Neutral), VCU (Neutral), Louisville (Neutral), Ohio State (Home)
Once again, Duke went on the road and lost. The Blue Devils were dominated by Miami (FL), 90-63, leaving them still without a true road win this season.
This week, the Blue Devils will get two more shots on the road against Wake Forest on Wednesday and Florida State on Saturday.
4. Indiana Hoosiers
Record: 18-2, 6-1 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 8
Notable Wins: Georgetown (Neutral), Minnesota (Home), Michigan State (Home)
Indiana defeated Michigan State at home on Sunday afternoon, 75-70, to retain its top-10 ranking. Junior Victor Oladipo was the best player on the floor with 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three blocks.
The Hoosiers are now tied for first place in the Big Ten entering a tough week with a game at Purdue on Wednesday and then Michigan at home on Saturday.
3. Florida Gators
Record: 16-2, 6-0 SEC
Last Week's Rank: 7
Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Home), Marquette (Home), Missouri (Home)
Florida has simply been too good for the SEC. Through six games, the Gators have six wins with an average victory margin of 26.5 points.
Statistically, Florida is No. 1 in defensive efficiency and No. 2 in offensive efficiency.
The Gators should easily defeat South Carolina on Wednesday before facing Ole Miss, the only other unbeaten team in the SEC, on Saturday.
2. Kansas Jayhawks
Record: 18-1, 6-0 Big 12
Last Week's Rank: 3
Notable Wins: Colorado (Home), Belmont (Home), Ohio State (Road), Kansas State (Road)
Kansas continued to make its case for the No. 1 ranking last week by defeating Kansas State and Oklahoma. The Jayhawks now hold a one-game lead in the Big 12 over second-place Baylor, which they already beat on January 14.
On Monday night, Kansas will play at West Virginia, which is struggling this season with a 9-10 overall record.
1. Michigan Wolverines
Record: 19-1, 6-1 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 2
Notable Wins: Pitt (Neutral), Kansas State (Neutral), NC State (Home), Minnesota (Road)
Michigan defeated Purdue and Illinois last week to grab the No. 1 ranking as well as to stay tied for first place in the Big Ten with Indiana.
After hosting Northwestern on Wednesday, the Wolverines will play the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on Saturday, possibly for sole possession of first place in the conference.
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