The more time that passes this college basketball season, the less we actually know about who the best teams are.
All that we can say with absolute certainty is that the Big Ten is, by far, the best conference in the country. In fact, by virtue of its ranking this week, Michigan joins Indiana as the two teams from that conference to be ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll this season.
It is the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Wolverines have been atop the rankings. As Indiana, Duke and Louisville can attest, being at the top does not guarantee you any good fortune.
Michigan will be tested this week, hosting Northwestern on Wednesday before a showdown in Bloomington with Indiana on Saturday.
Right behind Michigan are the Kansas Jayhawks. It is amazing that Bill Self's team is No. 2 in the rankings, yet almost no one is talking about the Jayhawks because the Big 12 is not very good and the recent chaos at the top of the poll has made them easy to be overlooked.
Moving further down the rankings, even though it is hard not to praise the conference for its depth, the Big Ten did not have a good week in the rankings. Aside from Michigan's move, Minnesota dropped two games last week and had a substantial drop to No. 23.
Michigan State was rolling along fine until playing Indiana on Sunday, though the Spartans didn't drop because their loss came on the road against one of the best teams in the country.
One team that had a very good week in the polls was the Miami Hurricanes. After destroying Duke—last week's No. 1 team—they followed it up with a 24-point win against Florida State to move their record to 15-3 (6-0 in the ACC) and are now ranked No. 14.
Here is a complete look at the AP Top 25 Rankings for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.
|AP TOP 25 RANKINGS WEEK 13|
|11. Ohio State|
|13. Michigan State|
|15. Wichita State|
|18. Kansas State|
|19. North Carolina State|
|20. New Mexico|
|22. San Diego State|