Even though it has happened before this season, last week felt like the first time all year that the No. 1 team in the country didn't lose a game.
The Indiana Hoosiers put together a 2–0 week with victories over Nebraska and Purdue. That's not exactly a murderer's row of competition, but that will change this week when they put their No. 1 ranking on the line at No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday.
Things did not go as well for the Duke Blue Devils, who ended their ACC rivalry with Maryland on Saturday night with a two-point loss.
The Blue Devils' loss opened the door for the red-hot Miami Hurricanes to jump up a spot to No. 2 in the country. It is the highest AP ranking in school history for the program, which has not lost a game since Christmas Day against Indiana State.
Moving further down the rankings, the Arizona Wildcats fell out of the Top 10 following their loss to Colorado last Thursday. They also struggled at Utah on Sunday, but held on for a four-point victory.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are finding life in the Big Ten to be quite difficult. They have fallen to No. 18 after losing three of their last four games, but all three losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 25 (Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin).
A week after calling this year's version the worst Kansas team ever, Bill Self's squad rebounded with two big victories over Kansas State and Texas.
As for the defending champion Kentucky Wildcats, the loss of Nerlens Noel all but ruins any hopes they had of being able to make it to the tournament. They are not buried yet, but a 30-point loss at Tennessee certainly has that grave looking a lot deeper.
Here is a complete look at the AP Top 25 Rankings for the week of Feb. 18–24.
|AP TOP 25 RANKINGS WEEK 16|
|4. Michigan State|
|13. Kansas State|
|14. Oklahoma State|
|16. New Mexico|
|18. Ohio State|
|22. Colorado State|
|25. Notre Dame|