Carter's NCAA Basketball Power Rankings: January 25

David CarterCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 23:  John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates during the SEC game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on January 23, 2010 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 101-70.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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1. Kentucky Wildcats (19-0)

Now that Texas went down twice last week, there’s really no reason why Kentucky shouldn’t be number one.

Last Week: 1
Last Three Games: def. Florida 89-77, def. Auburn 72-67, def. Arkansas 101-70
Next Three Games: at South Carolina, vs. (24) Vanderbilt, vs. Ole Miss
Key Players: John Wall, Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins

2. BYU Cougars (20-1)

Dave Rose is creating the ultimate “dark horse” team in his Cougars.

Last Week: 3
Last Three Games: def. Colorado State 91-47, def. Wyoming 81-66, def. San Diego State 71-69
Next Three Games: at (11) New Mexico, vs. Utah, vs. TCU
Key Players: Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Haws, Jackson Emery

3. Syracuse Orange (19-1)

Jim Boeheim coaches his team to great records year after year and his 2009-10 is no different.

Last Week: 4
Last Three Games: def. West Virginia 72-71, def. Notre Dame 84-71, def. Marquette 76-71
Next Three Games: vs. Georgetown, at DePaul, vs. Providence
Key Players: Wesley Johnson, Andy Rautins, Arinza Onuaku

4. Kansas Jayhawks (18-1)

If they hadn’t have lost to Tennessee, they would be number one right now.

Last Week: 5
Last Three Games: def. Texas Tech 89-63, def. Baylor 81-75, def. Iowa State 84-61
Next Three Games: vs. Missouri, at (19) Kansas State, at. Colorado
Key Players: Sherron Collina, Xavier Henry, Marcus Morris

5. Villanova Wildcats (18-1)

Scottie Reynolds is leading his team to a possible number one seed in the “Big Dance.”

Last Week: 6
Last Three Games: def. Georgetown 82-77, def. Rutgers 94-68, def. St. John’s 81-71
Next Three Games: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Seton Hall, at. Georgetown
Key Players: Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Antonio Pena

6. Texas Longhorns (17-2)

The only thing that was really hurt from the losses to K-State and Uconn was their chance at a top seed in the tournament.

Last Week: 2
Last Three Games: def. Texas A&M 72-67, lost to Kansas State 71-62, lost to Connecticut 88-74
Next Three Games: vs. Texas Tech, vs. Baylor, at. Oklahoma State
Key Players: Damion James, Avery Bradley, Dexter Pittman

7. Northern Iowa Panthers (17-2)

Another national “dark horse” team. Ben Jacobson is building something very strong in Cedar Falls.

Last Week: 7
Last Three Games: def. Indiana State 62-40, lost to Wichita State 60-51, def. Indiana State 67-58
Next Three Games: vs. Drake, at. Missouri State, vs. Wichita State
Key Players: Adam Koch, Jordan Eglseder, Kwadzo Ahelegbe

8. UAB Blazers (17-2)

I don’t think UAB hasn’t de-throned Memphis as the top team in the C-USA just yet, but they might be getting close.

Last Week: 12
Last Three Games: def. SMU 63-62, def. Southern Kiss 57-56, def. Marshall 61-59
Next Three Games: vs. (18) Tulsa, vs. UTEP, vs. Memphis
Key Players: Elijah Millsap, Howard Crawford, Jamarr Sanders

9. Murray State Racers (18-3)

The one team that literally nobody is paying attention to. They might not get too far in the tournament but they are still having a great season. They’ve beaten opponents by an average 17.5 points per game. Very impressive!

Last Week: 18
Last Three Games: def. Tennessee Tech 88-66, def. Eastern Illinois 60-51, def. SE Missouri State 80-61
Next Three Games: vs. SIU-Edwardsville, at. Tennessee-Martin, vs. Tennessee State
Key Players: Ivan Aska, Isacc Miles, B.J. Jenkins

10. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (18-3)

Like Murray State, Coastal Carolina might not get very far in late March, but they still have plenty of talent, starting with Joseph Harris.

Last Week: 17
Last Three Games: lost to Radford 62-52, def. High Point 75-58, def. Charleston Southern 64-56
Next Three Games: at. Presbyterian, at Winthrop, vs. Gardner-Webb
Key Players: Joseph Harris, Chad Gray, Mario Edwards

11. New Mexico Lobos (18-3)

Last Week: 21
Last Three Games: def. Wyoming 70-68, def. Air Force 73-50, def. Colorado State 82-64
Next Three Games: vs. (2) BYU, at TCU, vs. San Diego State
Key Players: Darington Hobson, Ramon Martinez, Phillip McDonald

12. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (18-3)

Last Week: 8
Last Three Games: def. Fresno State 81-73, lost to San Jose State 87-76, def. Hawaii 65-60
Next Three Games: vs. New Mexico State, vs. San Jose State, at. New Mexico State
Key Players: Kyle Gibson, Magnum Rolle, Jamel Guyton

13. St. Mary’s Gaels (17-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: lost to Gonzaga 89-82, def. Portland 77-72, def. San Diego 71-56
Next Three Games: at. Pepperdine, at. Loyola Marymount, vs. Santa Clara
Key Players: Omar Samhan, Mickey McConnell, Matthew Dellavedova

14. Michigan State Spartans (17-3)

Last Week: 24
Last Three Games: def. Illinois 73-63, def. Iowa 70-63, at. Minnesota 65-64
Next Three Games: at. Michigan, vs. Northwestern, at. Wisconsin
Key Players: Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan, Draymond Green

15. Temple Owls (17-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: def. Massachusetts 76-64, def. Xavier 77-72, def. Fordham 62-45
Next Three Games: at. Charlotte, vs. La Salle, vs. Duquesne
Key Players: Ryan Brooks, Juan Fernandez, Lavoy Allen

16. Duke Blue Devils (16-3)

Last Week: 9
Last Three Games: def. Wake Forest 90-70, lost to NC State 88-74, def. Clemson 60-47
Next Three Games: vs. Florida State, at Georgetown, at. Georgia Tech
Key Players: Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler

17. Purdue Boilermakers (16-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: lost to Northwestern 72-64, def. Illinois 84-78, def. Michigan 69-59
Next Three Games: vs. Wisconsin, vs. Penn State, at. Indiana
Key Players: E-Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson

18. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (16-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: def. UCF 90-70, def. Oral Roberts 57-52, def. Rice 62-58
Next Three Games: at. (8) UAB, at. UCF, vs. Marshall
Key Players: Ben Uzoh, Justin Hurtt, Jerome Jordan

19. Kansas State Wildcats (16-3)

Last Week: 11
Last Three Games: def. Colorado 87-81, def. Texas, 71-62, lost to Oklahoma State 73-69
Next Three Games: at (22) Baylor, vs. (4) Kansas, at. Nebraska
Key Players: Jacob Pullen, Denis Clemente, Jamar Samuels

20. Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: def. San Diego 68-50, def. Pepperdine 91-84, def. Loyola Marymount 85-69
Next Three Games: at Santa Clara, at. San Francisco, vs. Portland
Key Players: Elias Harris, Matt Bouldin, Steven Gray

21. Cornell Big Red (16-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: def. Clarkson 82-37, def. Columbia 74-53, def. Columbia 77-51
Next Three Games: vs. Darmouth, vs. Harvard, vs. Yale
Key Players: Ryan Wittman, Jeff Foote, Chris Wroblewski

22. Baylor Bears (15-3)

Last Week: 15
Last Three Games: def. Oklahoma State 83-70, lost to Kansas 81-75, def. Massachusetts 71-45
Next Three Games: vs. (19) Kansas State, at. (6) Texas, vs. Iowa Staet
Key Players: LaceDarius Dunn, Ekpe Udoh, Tweety Carter

23. Tennessee Volunteers (15-3)

Last Week: 14
Last Three Games: def Ole Miss 71-69, def. Alabama 63-56, lost to Georgia 78-63
Next Three Games: vs. (24) Vanderbilt, vs. Florida, at. LSU
Key Players: Scotty Hopson, Wayne Chism, Bobby Maze

24. Vanderbilt Commodores (15-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: def. Alabama 65-64, def. South Carolina 89-79, def. Auburn 82-74
Next Three Games: at (23) Tennessee, at (1) Kentucky, vs. Mississippi State
Key Players: Jeffery Taylor, A.J. Ogilvy, Jermaine Beal

25. Virginia Tech Hokies (15-3)

Last Week: NR
Last Three Games: lost to Florida State 62-58, def. NC Central 72-30, def. Boston College 63-62
Next Three Games: at. Miami, vs. North Carolina, vs. Clemson
Key Players: Malcolm Delaney, Dorenzo Hudson, Jeff Allen

Carter’s NCAA National Player of the Year Award Race:

1. Kyle Gibson (Louisiana Tech)

2. Omar Samhan (St. Mary’s)

3. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)

4. Jacob Pullen (Kansas State)

5. Scottie Reynolds (Villanova)

6. Jon Scheyer (Duke)

7. LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor)

8. Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)

9. Ryan Wittman (Cornell)

10. Damion James (Texas)

Carter’s NCAA Coach of the Year Award Race:

1. John Calipari (Kentucky)

2. Dave Rose (BYU)

3. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)

4. Bill Self (Kansas)

5. Jay Wright (Villanova)


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