NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 19

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2013

NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 19

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    It was another wild week in college basketball, filled with upsets, outstanding individual performances and the first conference tournaments.

    Gonzaga remains No. 1 in this week's poll, but Duke is up to No. 2 and close on the Zags' tail with a pair of first-place votes.

    Read on to see the complete Top 25.

     

    Voters: Jesse Kramer, Ryan Satsky, Hayden Deitrick, Thad Novak, Dan Vasta, Robert Pace

Others Receiving Votes

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    VCU, 10 points

    Creighton, 9 points

    North Carolina, 8 points

    Villanova, 4 points

    Iowa, 3 points

    Middle Tennessee State, 2 points

25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Points: 15

    Record: 23-8, 11-7 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Notable Wins: Cincinnati (Road), Louisville (Home), Pitt (Road)

    Notre Dame is back in the Top 25 this week despite losing at Louisville in the final game of the regular season.

    The Fighting Irish finished the season tied with Syracuse for fifth place in the Big East, and they will be the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament.

24. Butler

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    Points: 16

    Record: 24-7, 11-5 A-10

    Last Week's Rank: 22

    Notable Wins: Marquette (Neutral), UNC (Neutral), Indiana (Neutral), Gonzaga (Home)

    Butler survived upset bids from Massachusetts and Xavier to finish the regular season tied for third place in the Atlantic 10.

    The Bulldogs will face Dayton in the A-10 quarterfinals on Thursday.

23. St. Mary's

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    Points: 23

    Record: 27-5, 14-2 WCC

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Notable Wins: Creighton (Home)

    St. Mary’s survived San Diego’s upset bid in overtime in the WCC semifinals, and it will face Gonzaga in the WCC finals on Monday night.

    The Gaels’ chance for an at-large bid are very good at this point, but they won’t have to sweat at all on Selection Sunday if they earn the conference’s automatic bid.

22. Memphis

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    Points: 29

    Record: 27-4, 16-0 C-USA

    Last Week's Rank: 21

    Notable Wins: None

    Memphis completed a perfect season in Conference USA with wins over UTEP and UAB last week.

    The Tigers will most likely make the NCAA tournament no matter what, but they could drop to the bubble if they lose in the Conference USA tournament.

21. Wisconsin

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    Points: 32

    Record: 21-10, 12-6 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 19

    Notable Wins: Indiana (Road), Illinois (Road), Michigan (Home), Ohio State (Home)

    Wisconsin hit a late-season slide with losses to Purdue and Michigan State, but it came back with a win at Penn State on Sunday.

    Still, the Badgers needed a buzzer-beater three-pointer from Traevon Jackson in their victory over the last-place Nittany Lions.

20. UCLA

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    Points: 36

    Record: 23-8, 13-5 Pac-12

    Last Week's Rank: 24

    Notable Wins: Missouri (Home), Arizona (Road, Home)

    Despite all the criticism Ben Howland has received this season, his UCLA Bruins still won the Pac-12 title outright.

    The Bruins are the hottest team in the conference entering the Pac-12 tournament with wins in five of their last six games.

T-18. Arizona

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    Points: 40

    Record: 24-6, 12-6 Pac-12

    Last Week's Rank: 18

    Notable Wins: Florida (Home), Miami-FL (Neutral), San Diego State (Neutral)

    Arizona ended its two-game losing streak with a blowout win over Arizona State on Saturday.

    After looking like conference title contenders for most of the season, the Wildcats will be the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament.

T-18. Syracuse

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    Points: 40

    Record: 23-8, 11-7 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 16

    Notable Wins: San Diego State (Neutral), Louisville (Road), Notre Dame (Home)

    Syracuse has really been struggling recently. The Orange have lost four of their last five and are 5-7 in their last 12 games. They went from conference title contender to the No. 5 seed in the Big East tournament over the last few weeks.

    Syracuse's only wins since mid-February are against Seton Hall, Providence and DePaul.


17. Pittsburgh

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    Points: 49

    Record: 24-7, 12-6 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 20

    Notable Wins: Georgetown (Road), Villanova (Road), UConn (Home), Syracuse (Home), Cincinnati (Road)

    Pittsburgh finished the regular season with four straight wins to earn the No. 4 seed in the Big East tournament.

    The Panthers are still struggling to score, but their defense has been stellar.

16. Saint Louis

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    Points: 58

    Record: 24-6, 13-3 A-10

    Last Week's Rank: 14

    Notable Wins: New Mexico (Home), Butler (Home, Road), VCU (Home)

    Saint Louis' 11-game winning streak ended with an overtime loss at Xavier, but the Billikens defeated La Salle on Saturday to win the Atlantic 10 title and clinch the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

    Dwayne Evans had a dominating performance inside against the Explorers with 16 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.

15. New Mexico

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    Points: 62

    Record: 26-5, 13-3 MWC

    Last Week's Rank: 12

    Notable Wins: UConn (Neutral), Cincinnati (Road), UNLV (Home), Colorado State (Home, Road), San Diego State (Home)

    New Mexico's regular season ended with a loss to Air Force on a last-second shot.

    The Lobos are still the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West tournament, and they will play the winner of Nevada and Wyoming in their next game.

14. Florida

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    Points: 74

    Record: 24-6, 14-4 SEC

    Last Week's Rank: 10

    Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Home), Marquette (Home), Missouri (Home)

    Florida's road struggles continued with a loss at Kentucky on Saturday.

    The Gators will still be the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament, but they finished only 1-4 in their final five SEC road games.

13. Kansas State

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    Points: 80

    Record: 25-6, 14-4 Big 12

    Last Week's Rank: 11

    Notable Wins: Florida (Neutral), Oklahoma State (Home), Oklahoma (Road)

    Kansas State's six-game winning streak ended with a loss at Oklahoma State in the final game of the regular season. The Wildcats won the Big 12 title for the first time in 36 years, although they will have to share it with Kansas.

    As the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament, Kansas State will face the winner of Texas and Texas Christian.

12. Marquette

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    Points: 81

    Record: 23-7, 14-4 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 17

    Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Home), UConn (Home), Georgetown (Home), Pitt (Road, Home), Syracuse (Home), Notre Dame (Home)

    After blowing a lead late in regulation against St. John’s, Marquette rallied in overtime to win on a buzzer-beater at Madison Square Garden.

    The Golden Eagles will be back at the Garden this week as the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament.

11. Oklahoma State

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    Points: 82

    Record:

    Last Week's Rank: 15

    Notable Wins: 

    Oklahoma State knocked off Kansas State on Saturday for its fourth win in its last five games. Marcus Smart had another big game as he continues to make his case for Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

    The Cowboys will face Baylor on Thursday in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

10. Miami (FL)

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    Points: 94

    Record: 24-6, 15-3 ACC

    Last Week's Rank: 8

    Notable Wins: Michigan State (Home), UNC (Road), Duke (Home), N.C. State (Road)

    Miami hit a rough patch with a pair of losses to Duke and Georgia Tech to begin February, but the Hurricanes rebounded with a 62-49 win over Clemson in the final game of the regular season to win the ACC title outright for the first time in school history.

    The Hurricanes will face the winner of Boston College and Georgia Tech in the ACC quarterfinals on Friday.

9. Ohio State

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    Points: 110

    Record: 23-7, 13-5 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 13

    Notable Wins: Michigan (Home), Wisconsin (Home), Michigan State (Home), Indiana (Road)

    Ohio State finished the regular season with five straight wins and victories in six of their last seven games.

    The Buckeyes will be the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

8. Kansas

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    Points: 112

    Record: 26-5, 14-4 Big 12

    Last Week's Rank: T-4

    Notable Wins: Saint Louis (Neutral), Ohio State (Road), Kansas State (Road, Home), Oklahoma State (Road)

    Kansas' regular season ended with an 81-58 loss at Baylor. Still, the Jayhawks won a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, yet again, and they will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament this week.

    Don't be too alarmed by that blowout loss to Baylor; there may not have been a huge sense of urgency in that game since they knew that win or lose they would be the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

7. Michigan State

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    Points: 116

    Record: 24-7, 13-5 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 9

    Notable Wins: Kansas (Neutral), Ohio State (Home), Wisconsin (Road, Home), Michigan (Home)

    Michigan State finished the regular season with wins at home against Wisconsin and Northwestern.

    The Spartans will be the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament this week.

6. Michigan

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    Points: 117

    Record: 25-6, 12-6 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 7

    Notable Wins: Pitt (Neutral), Kansas State (Neutral), Minnesota (Road), Illinois (Road), Ohio State (Home), Michigan State (Home)

    Michigan lost a heartbreaker on Senior Night to Indiana, 72-71.

    The loss dropped the Wolverines to the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

5. Georgetown

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    Points: 122

    Record: 24-5, 14-4 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: T-4

    Notable Wins: UCLA (Neutral), Notre Dame (Road), Louisville (Home), Marquette (Home), Syracuse (Road, Home), UConn (Road)

    Georgetown defeated Syracuse on Saturday to sweep the Orange in their final Big East season, earn a share of the regular-season conference title and clinch the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

    The Hoyas did also lose at Villanova earlier in the week, keeping them from winning the Big East title outright.

    On Thursday, Georgetown will face the winner of Providence and Cincinnati in the Big East quarterfinals.

4. Louisville

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    Points: 130

    Record: 26-5, 14-4 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 6

    Notable Wins: Missouri (Neutral), Memphis (Road), UConn (Road), Pitt (Home), Marquette (Home), Syracuse (Road), Notre Dame (Home)

    Louisville finished the regular season red-hot with a seven-game winning streak and victories in 10 of their last 11 games. The Cardinals stormed back to take a share of the Big East regular-season title, and they will be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament this week.

    The Cardinals will face the winner of Villanova and St. John's in the Big East quarterfinals.

3. Indiana

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    Points: 138

    Record: 26-5, 14-4 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 2

    Notable Wins: Georgetown (Neutral), UNC (Home), Michigan State (Home, Road), Michigan (Home, Road), Ohio State (Road)

    Indiana came from behind at Michigan to win its first Big Ten championship outright since 1993.

    The Hoosiers will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament and have a really good chance at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

2. Duke

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    Points: 143

    Record: 27-4, 14-4 ACC

    Last Week's Rank: 3

    Notable Wins: Minnesota (Neutral), VCU (Neutral), Louisville (Neutral), Ohio State (Home), Miami-FL (Home), UNC (Road)

    Duke finished off the season well once Ryan Kelly returned. The Blue Devils defeated ACC champion Miami, Virginia Tech and then North Carolina on the road in the final game of the season.

    The Blue Devils will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament, and if they run the table they will likely be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

1. Gonzaga

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    Points: 147

    Record: 30-2, 16-0 WCC

    Last Week's Rank: 1

    Notable Wins: Oklahoma (Neutral), Kansas State (Neutral), Oklahoma State (Road), St. Mary's (Home, Road)

    Gonzaga advanced to the WCC championship game with a win over Loyola Marymount in the semifinals on Saturday.

    With a WCC tournament championship, the Zags would essentially have locked up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They will face St. Mary's, which finished second in the league.