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Carter's NCAA Basketball Power Rankings: January 4

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 02:  John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to DeMarcus Cousins #15 and Patrick Patterson #54 during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rupp Arena on January 2, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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David CarterCorrespondent IJune 14, 2016

The Kentucky Wildcats are the only 15-win team this season are are sitting on top of the Southeastern Conference. I would be absolutely shocked at this point if they don't win the SEC Regular Season Championship and make it to the Final Four. The have three players in Patrick Patterson, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins who have all already scored 230 total points this season. The February 16th match-up against Mississippi State is beginning to look more and more intriguing, with the Bulldogs holding a strong 12-2 record. The Kentucky Wildcats are my current favorite to win the National Championship in early April.


Last Week: Last Week's Ranking

Top 25 Wins: Wins over teams that were ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Poll at the time of that game

1. Kentucky Wildcats (15-0)
Last Week: 1
Top 25 Wins: def. North Carolina 68-66, def. Connecticut 64-61
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Patrick Patterson, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins

2. Kansas Jayhawks (13-0)

Last Week: 3
Top 25 Wins: def. Temple 84-52
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Xavier Henry, Sherron Collins, Marcus Morris

3. Texas Longhorns (13-0)
Last Week: 4
Top 25 Wins: def. North Carolina 103-90, def. Michigan State 79-68
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Damion James, Dexter Pittman, J'Covan Brown

4. Purdue Boilermakers (13-0)
Last Week: 5
Top 25 Wins: def. Tennessee 73-72, def. West Virginia 77-62
Key Losses: None
Key Players: E'Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson

5. BYU Cougars (14-1)

Last Week: 8
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Utah State 71-61
Key Players: Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Tyler Haws

6. New Mexico Lobos (14-1)

Last Week: 9
Top 25 Wins: def. California 86-78, def. Texas A&M 84-81, def. Texas Tech 90-75
Key Losses: lost to Oral Roberts 75-66
Key Players: Darington Hobson, Roman Martinez, Phillip McDonald

7. Syracuse Orange (13-1)
Last Week: 2
Top 25 Wins: def. California 95-73, def. North Carolina 87-71, def. Florida 85-73
Key Losses: lost to Pittsburgh 82-72
Key Players: Wesley Johnson, Brandon Triche, Kris Joseph

8. Miami Hurricanes (13-1)
Last Week: 7
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Boston College 61-60
Key Players: James Dews, Dwayne Collins, Malcolm Grant

9. Kansas State Wildcats (12-1)
Last Week: 12
Top 25 Wins: def. Dayton 83-75, def. UNLV 95-80
Key Losses: lost to Ole Miss 86-74
Key Players: Jacob Pullen, Denis Clemente, Curtis Kelly

10. Villanova Wildcats (12-1)

Last Week: 11
Top 25 Wins: def. Dayton 71-65,
Key Losses: lost to Temple 75-65
Key Players: Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Antonio Pena

11. Virginia Tech Hokies (12-1)
Last Week: 16
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Temple 61-50
Key Players: Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen, Dorenzo Hudson

12. Missouri State Bears (12-1)
Last Week: 18
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Arkansas 66-62, lost to Northern Iowa 84-76
Key Players: Kyle Weems, Adam Leonard, Jermaine Mallett

13. Duke Blue Devils (11-1)
Last Week: 19
Top 25 Wins: def. Connecticut 68-59, def. Gonzaga 76-41
Key Losses: lost to Wisconsin 73-69
Key Players: Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith

14. Baylor Bears (11-1)
Last Week: 20
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Alabama 79-76
Key Players: LaceDarius Dunn, Ekpe Udoh, Tweety Carter

15. West Virginia Mountaineers (11-1)
Last Week: 6
Top 25 Wins: def. Ole Miss 76-66
Key Losses: lost to Purdue 77-62
Key Players: Da'Sean Butler, Kevin Jones, Devin Ebanks

16. Northern Iowa Panthers (11-1)

Last Week: 21
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to DePaul 60-52
Key Players: Adam Koch, Jordan Eglseder, Kwadzo Ahelegbe

17. Rhode Island Rams (11-1)

Last Week: 22
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Virginia Commonwealth 82-80
Key Players: Keith Cothran, Delroy James, Lemonte Ulmer

18. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (13-2)

Last Week: NR
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Cal State Northridge 76-69, lost to Duke 74-49
Key Players: Joseph Harris, Chad Gray, Mario Edwards

19. St. Mary's Gaels (13-2)

Last Week: NR
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to Vanderbilt 72-70, lost to USC 60-49
Key Players: Omar Samhan, Matthew Dellavedova, Mickey McConnell

20. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (13-2)

Last Week: NR
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: lost to New Mexico 81-52, lost to Arizona 83-67
Key Players: Kyle Gibson, Magnum Rolle, Jamel Guyton

21. Clemson Tigers (12-2)

Last Week: 24
Top 25 Wins: def. Butler 70-69
Key Losses: lost to Texas A&M 69-60, lost to Illinois 76-74
Key Players: Trevor Booker, Demontez Stitt, Tanner Smith

22. Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-2)

Last Week: NR
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Ravern Johnson, Jarvis Varnado, Barry Stewart

23. Wichita State Shockers (12-2)

Last Week: 10
Top 25 Wins: def. Texas Tech 85-83,
Key Losses: lost to Pittsburgh 68-55, lost to Illinois State 72-57
Key Players: Toure' Murry, J.T. Durley, Clevin Hannah

24. Florida State Seminoles (12-2)

Last Week: NR
Top 25 Wins: def. Georgia Tech 66-59
Key Losses: lost to Florida 68-52, lost to Ohio State 77-64
Key Players: Solomon Alabi, Chris Singleton, Deividas Dulkys

25. UNLV Rebels (12-2)
Last Week: 23
Top 25 Wins: def. Louisville 76-71
Key Losses: lost to Kansas State 95-80, lost to USC 67-56
Key Players: Tre'Von Willis, Oscar Bellfield, Chace Stanback

Dropped From Rankings:
UAB, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame

Carter's NCAA National Player of the Year Race:
1. Kyle Gibson (Louisiana Tech)
2. Omar Samhan (St. Mary's)
3. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
4. Jacob Pullen (Kansas State)
5. James Anderson (Oklahoma State)
6. Joseph Harris (Coastal Carolina)
7. Darington Hobson (New Mexico)
8. Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)
9. Jon Scheyer (Duke)
10. John Wall (Kentucky)

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