Carter's NCAA Basketball Power Rankings, March 3: Kansas Remains Number One

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Carter's NCAA Basketball Power Rankings, March 3: Kansas Remains Number One
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My Top 25 NCAA Basketball Teams for the week are as follows:

 

1. Kansas Jayhawks (27-2)

Top 25 Wins: Temple, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M

Key Losses: Tennessee, Oklahoma State

2. Syracuse Orange (27-2)

Top 25 Wins: California, North Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, Georgetown (2X), Villanova

Key Losses: Pittsburgh, Louisville

3. Kentucky Wildcats (27-2)

Top 25 Wins: North Carolina, Connecticut, Vanderbilt (2X), Tennessee,

Key Losses: South Carolina, Tennessee

4. New Mexico Lobos (27-3)

Top 25 Wins: California, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UNLV, BYU (2X)

Key Losses: Oral Roberts, San Diego State, UNLV

5. BYU Cougars (26-4)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Utah State, UNLV, New Mexico (2X)

6. Duke Blue Devils (25-4)

Top 25 Wins: Connecticut, Gonzaga, Clemson (2X), Georgia Tech

Key Losses: Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, NC State, Georgetown

7. Murray State Racers (27-4)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: California, Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky, Morehead State

8. Kansas State Wildcats (24-4)

Top 25 Wins: Dayton, UNLV, Texas

Key Losses: Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Kansas

9. Cornell Big Red (25-4)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Seton Hall, Syracuse, Kansas, Penn

10. Purdue Boilermakers (24-4)

Top 25 Wins: Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State

Key Losses: Wisconsin, Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State

11. Butler Bulldogs (26-4)

Top 25 Wins: Ohio State

Key Losses: Minnesota, Clemson, Georgetown, UAB

12. Northern Iowa Panthers (25-4)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: DePaul Wichita State, Bradley, Evansville

13. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (26-5)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Duke, Radford, Winthrop, Cal State Northridge, High Point

14. St. Mary’s Gaels (24-5)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Vanderbilt, USC, Gonzaga (2X), Portland

15. UTEP Miners (22-5)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: New Mexico State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, BYU, Houston

16. Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-5)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Michigan State, Wake Forest, Duke, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount

17. Villanova Wildcats (23-5)

Top 25 Wins: Georgetown, West Virginia

Key Losses: Temple, Georgetown, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Syracuse

18. Temple Owls (24-5)

Top 25 Wins: Villanova

Key Losses: Georgetown, St. John’s, Kansas, Charlotte, Richmond

19. UAB Blazers (23-5)

Top 25 Wins: Butler

Key Losses: Kent State, Virginia, UTEP, Memphis, Marshall

20. Utah State Aggies (23-6)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Utah, Northeastern, St. Mary’s, Long Beach State, New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech

21. Baylor Bears (22-6)

Top 25 Wins: Texas, Texas A&M

Key Losses: Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State

22. Sam Houston State Bearkats (21-6)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Kentucky, Cleveland State, UL-Lafayette, Wright State, Western Michigan, Texas-San Antonio

23. Siena Saints (24-6)

Top 25 Wins: None

Key Losses: Temple, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Northern Iowa, Niagara, Butler

24. West Virginia Mountaineers (22-6)

Top 25 Wins: Ole Miss, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Georgetown

Key Losses: Purdue, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Connecticut

25. Vanderbilt Commodores (22-6)

Top 25 Wins: Tennessee (2X)

Key Losses: Cincinnati, Illinois, Western Kentucky, Georgia, Kentucky (2X)

Other Considerations:

Harvard, Northern Colorado, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Michigan State, UNLV, Texas, Richmond

Carter’s NCAA National Player of the Year Race:

1. Omar Samhan (St. Mary’s)

2. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)

3. Scottie Reynolds (Villanova)

4. Jon Scheyer (Duke)

5. LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor)

6. Jacob Pullen (Kansas State)

7. Randy Culpepper (UTEP)

8. Ryan Wittman (Cornell)

9. Da’Sean Butler (West Virginia)

10. Kyle Singler (Duke)

11. Aubrey Coleman (Houston)

12. Reggie Holmes (Morgan State)

13. Adnan Hodzic (Lipscomb)

14. Artsiom Parakhouski (Radford)

15. Landry Fields (Stanford)

Carter’s NCAA Coach of the Year Race:

1. Bill Self (Kansas)

2. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)

3. John Calipari (Kentucky)

4. Steve Alford (New Mexico)

5. Dave Rose (BYU)

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