NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 16
For once, not all of the top teams lost in the same week.
Duke may have fallen at Maryland, but Indiana, Michigan State and Miami (FL) won their games. Michigan State even leapfrogged past Miami to move into the No. 2 slot.
Read on to see the complete Top 25.
Voters: Jesse Kramer, Ryan Satsky, Josh Gleason, Scott Henry, Josh Schoch, Thad Novak, Dan Vasta, Hayden Deitrick
Others Receiving Votes
Illinois, 17 points
Oregon, 15 points
Kentucky, 13 points
UCLA, 11 points
NC State, 10 points
La Salle, 10 points
North Carolina, 9 points
San Diego State, 8 points
Cincinnati, 8 points
Missouri, 7 points
UNLV, 5 points
Middle Tennessee, 4 points
Creighton, 3 points
Minnesota, 3 points
Baylor, 2 points
25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Record: 20-6, 8-5 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 18
Notable Wins: Cincinnati (Road), Louisville (Home)
Notre Dame fell at Providence by 17 points on Saturday, resulting in their fifth loss to an unranked team this season.
The Fighting Irish are tied with Pittsburgh for fourth place in the Big East, and they will face the Panthers on Monday night.
24. VCU Rams
Record: 21-5, 9-2 A10
Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked
Notable Wins: Memphis (Neutral)
VCU sits a half-game ahead of Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 standings.
The Rams have the toughest finish of any team in the Atlantic 10. Their last five games are at Saint Louis, at Xavier, vs. Butler, vs. Richmond and at Temple.
23. Saint Louis Billikens
Record: 19-5, 8-2 A10
Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked
Notable Wins: New Mexico (Home), Butler (Home)
Saint Louis enters the Top 25 this week after winning its last seven games.
The Billikens' next two games will be against VCU and Butler.
22. Wisconsin Badgers
Record: 18-8, 9-4 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 21
Notable Wins: Illinois (Neutral), Indiana (Road), Minnesota (Home), Illinois (Road), Michigan (Home), Ohio State (Home)
Wisconsin rebounded from an overtime loss at Minnesota with a blowout of Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
The Badgers sit tied with Michigan for third place in the Big Ten, and their only game this week is at Northwestern.
21. Marquette Golden Eagles
Record: 18-6, 9-3 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 22
Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Home), Georgetown (Home), Pitt (Road, Home)
Marquette defeated Pittsburgh on Saturday, 79-69, to remain tied with Syracuse and Georgetown atop the Big East standings.
The Golden Eagles will be on the road this week to face Seton Hall and Villanova.
20. Colorado State Rams
Record: 21-4, 8-2 MWC
Last Week's Rank: T-23
Notable Wins: UNLV (Home), San Diego State (Home)
Colorado State has won six straight games to stay within a half-game of first-place New Mexico in the Mountain West standings.
The Rams play a pair of huge games this week against UNLV and the Lobos.
19. Memphis Tigers
Record: 22-3, 11-0 C-USA
Last Week's Rank: 20
Notable Wins: None
Memphis continued to breeze through Conference USA with a 22-point win over Central Florida and a 12-point win at Marshall last week.
With five games remaining, the Tigers lead Southern Miss by two games, and they host the Golden Eagles on Saturday.
T-17. New Mexico Lobos
Record: 22-4, 9-2 MWC
Last Week's Rank: 19
Notable Wins: UConn (Neutral), Cincinnati (Road), UNLV (Home), Colorado State (Home)
New Mexico survived close games against Fresno State and Boise State last week to remain in first place in the Mountain West.
The Lobos play Colorado State on Saturday.
T-17. Pittsburgh Panthers
Record: 20-6, 8-5 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 17
Notable Wins: Georgetown (Road), Syracuse (Home), Cincinnati (Road)
Pittsburgh missed out on a big opportunity on Saturday by losing to Marquette for the second time this season.
The Panthers now sit 1.5 games out of first place in the Big East, and none of the top three teams in the conference remain on their schedule.
16. Butler Bulldogs
Record: 21-5, 8-3 A10
Last Week's Rank: 11
Notable Wins: Marquette (Neutral), Indiana (Neutral), Gonzaga (Home)
Butler lost a close game at home to Charlotte on Wednesday, but the Bulldogs survived another close one at Fordham on Saturday, 68-63.
The Bulldogs sit one game behind Virginia Commonwealth and Saint Louis in the loss column, and they will face both teams down the stretch.
15. Ohio State Buckeyes
Record: 18-7, 8-5 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: T-12
Notable Wins: Michigan (Home), Wisconsin (Home)
Ohio State missed out on a chance for its first big road win of the season, falling at Wisconsin, 71-49.
The Buckeyes are now 1-7 against nationally-ranked teams, and their best win away from home is Washington.
14. Kansas State Wildcats
Record: 20-5, 9-3 Big 12
Last Week's Rank: 10
Notable Wins: Florida (Neutral), Oklahoma State (Home), Oklahoma (Road)
Kansas State soundly defeated Baylor on Saturday, 81-61, to respond to its 21-point loss at Kansas from Monday night.
The Wildcats are still tied with Oklahoma State and Kansas for first place in the Big 12.
13. Arizona Wildcats
Record: 21-4, 9-4 Pac12
Last Week's Rank: 9
Notable Wins: Florida (Home), Miami-FL (Neutral), San Diego State (Neutral), Colorado (Home)
Arizona's struggles continued with a loss at Colorado on Thursday, followed by a close win at 11-14 Utah on Sunday afternoon.
This week, the Wildcats will play home games against Washington and Washington State, both of which they beat on the road a few weeks back.
12. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Record: 19-5, 9-3 Big 12
Last Week's Rank: 15
Notable Wins: NC State (Neutral), Kansas (Road)
Oklahoma State beat in-state rival Oklahoma in overtime on Saturday to remain tied atop the Big 12 standings with Kansas State and Kansas.
The Cowboys control their own destiny for a Big 12 regular season title.
11. Georgetown Hoyas
Record: 19-4, 9-3 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 16
Notable Wins: UCLA (Neutral), Notre Dame (Road), Louisville (Home), Marquette (Home), Cincinnati (Road)
Georgetown has won seven straight games and nine of its last 10 to tie Syracuse and Marquette for first place in the Big East.
The Hoyas will play at Syracuse on Saturday.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
Record: 21-4, 9-3 Big 12
Last Week's Rank: 14
Notable Wins: Saint Louis (Neutral), Colorado (Home), Ohio State (Road), Kansas State (Road, Home)
Kansas blew out both Kansas State and Texas last week to put its three-game slide in the past.
The Jayhawks are tied for first place in the Big 12, and they will play at Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
9. Louisville Cardinals
Record: 21-5, 9-4 Big East
Last Week's Rank: T-12
Notable Wins: Missouri (Neutral), Memphis (Road), Pitt (Home), Marquette (Home)
Louisville took care of business against St. John's and South Florida last week to remain in the Big East title hunt. At 9-4, the Cardinals sit a half-game behind Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette.
This week, they will host Seton Hall.
8. Syracuse Orange
Record: 21-4, 9-3 Big East
Last Week's Rank: 8
Notable Wins: San Diego State (Neutral), Louisville (Road), Cincinnati (Home), Notre Dame (Home)
After losing at Connecticut early in the week, Syracuse ended its three-game road losing streak with a 76-65 win at Seton Hall.
The Orange will host Providence on Wednesday and then play its next three games against nationally-ranked teams.
7. Duke Blue Devils
Record: 22-3, 9-3 ACC
Last Week's Rank: 2
Notable Wins: Minnesota (Neutral), VCU (Neutral), Louisville (Neutral), Ohio State (Home), NC State (Home)
Duke outlasted North Carolina in its first game of the week, but the Blue Devils were then upset by Maryland on Saturday, knocking them to three games out of first place in the ACC.
Duke needs to take care of business this week in cupcakes against Virginia Tech and Boston College.
6. Michigan Wolverines
Record: 22-4, 9-4 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 5
Notable Wins: Pitt (Neutral), Kansas State (Neutral), NC State (Home), Minnesota (Road), Illinois (Road), Ohio State (Home)
Michigan did not dominate winless Penn State as expected, but the Wolverines still came out with an eight-point win thanks to Trey Burke's 29 points and Glenn Robinson III's 21 points.
The Wolverines will host Illinois on Sunday.
5. Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Record: 21-3, 12-0 ACC
Last Week's Rank: 3
Notable Wins: Michigan State (Home), Duke (Home), NC State (Road)
Miami survived a very impressive fight from the Clemson Tigers on Sunday night to keep the winning streak and the perfect ACC season alive.
The Hurricanes host third-place Virginia on Tuesday.
4. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Record: 25-2, 12-0 WCC
Last Week's Rank: 6
Notable Wins: Oklahoma (Neutral), Kansas State (Neutral), Oklahoma State (Road)
Gonzaga swept its two-game road trip last week, blowing out St. Mary's in the second half and then warding off pesky San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.
With a 1.5-game lead over St. Mary's and three of their last four games at home, the Zags appear to have the WCC title wrapped up.
3. Florida Gators
Record: 21-3, 11-1 SEC
Last Week's Rank: 7
Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Home), Marquette (Home), Missouri (Home)
Florida has won three straight games since losing at Arkansas, and it holds a two-game lead over Alabama in the SEC.
The Gators will play a tough game at Missouri on Tuesday and then rematch Arkansas at home on Saturday.
2. Michigan State Spartans
Record: 22-4, 11-2 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 4
Notable Wins: Kansas (Neutral), Ohio State (Home), Wisconsin (Road), Minnesota (Home), Michigan (Home)
Michigan State blew out Michigan on Tuesday and then defeated Nebraska on Saturday to remain a leader in the Big Ten title race.
The Spartans' upcoming stretch is quite ridiculous. They will host Indiana on Tuesday, then play at Ohio State and at Michigan, and then return home to face Wisconsin.
1. Indiana Hoosiers
Record: 23-3, 11-2 Big Ten
Last Week's Rank: 1
Notable Wins: Georgetown (Neutral), Minnesota (Home), Michigan State (Home), Michigan (Home), Ohio State (Road)
Indiana dominated Nebraska and Purdue in its two games last week to stay tied with Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers, who already beat the Spartans at Assembly Hall, will play them again in East Lansing on Tuesday night.