College Basketball Ranking: With Duke Falling, Is Ohio State the New No. 1?

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2011

College Basketball Ranking: With Duke Falling, Is Ohio State the New No. 1?

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    With another crazy weekend in college basketball, there will be another shakeup in the rankings as the Duke Blue Devils fell to the Virginia Tech Hokies. 

    Duke was not the only top five team to fall this week, though, as both Pittsburgh and Texas each lost a game this weekend. 

    This is going to be a very interesting set of rankings that will be coming out on Monday.

    Here are my projections for the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls when they come out tomorrow.

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10. Wisconsin

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    This week the Badgers had a tad-bit easier road than a lot of teams.  They faced two bubble teams and beat them, in Penn State and Michigan.

    Wisconsin was able to come out of both of these matchups with a victory, which is a major plus for the cheese heads.

    They have a big week this week as they face the Ohio State Buckeyes which are looking for revenge after the Badgers ruined their perfect season in Madison earlier this year.

9. San Diego State

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    San Diego State has two losses this season, both of which came at the hands of Jimmer Fredette and BYU.  One of those losses occurred this Saturday when the Aztecs were blown out by the Jimmer.

    San Diego State has a very easy road from here on out and will seek revenge come conference tournament time.  Until then, they will drop down.

8. Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame had an easy week as it played Seton Hall and Providence.  Although these teams are weak, the media will still jump the Irish in the rankings because they play in the Big East.

    But in all seriousness, Notre Dame is playing great right now and has the experience to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

    The Irish seem to be looking great at the moment and they are definitely a favorite for the Big East tournament.

7. Texas

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    Texas is coming off a very tough loss to Colorado—a game in which the Longhorns seemed to quit.  It was a blow to Texas. 

    In the game against Colorado, the Longhorns blew a 20-point lead and ended up losing the game.  Although this is excusable and happens to the best of teams, it will still hurt them in the polls. Most importantly, they let Kansas back into the hunt for the Big 12 title.

6. Pittsburgh

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    Pittsburgh had a tough loss against Louisville today.  The Panthers lost in overtime in what turned out to be a classic Big East game.

    Although they lost to 16th-ranked Louisville, they should not fall too far in the polls this week.  Pitt is probably still the best team in the Big East, which is one of the best conferences in America.

    Pitt will be back up in the top five and still have a chance at a No. 1 seed if it plays well from here on out.

5. Purdue

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    The Purdue Boilermakers are playing some great basketball right now.  They are coming off four huge wins, two of which were on the road, and they are closing in on Ohio State for the Big Ten title.

    With a week that included victories at rival Indiana and Michigan State, the Boilermakers are proving to be one of the best squads in America.


4. Brigham Young University

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    Jimmer Fredette and the BYU Cougars are having a year that will be remembered by the players, fans and coaches as one of the best in the history of BYU.

    With their star player, Fredette, gaining so much national attention and being such a great shooter, it is hard to count them out.  After their big win against SDSU this past weekend, it is hard to not consider them a top five team. 

    They have two games left this week in Wyoming and New Mexico.  New Mexico is really their last hurdle, before the conference tournament, to worry about, as the Lobos beat them earlier this season.

3. Duke

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    Duke was No. 1 last week, but that was short-lived as the Blue Devils were knocked off at Virginia Tech this weekend.  It seems that no one wants to be No. 1 at the moment, because they seem to be falling like rocks.

    Duke is a great team and if it can hold it together and get through the rivalry game against UNC this week, the Blue Devils should stay as a No. 1 seed entering the tournament.

2. Kansas

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    Kansas has had a decent week, defeating both schools from Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference.  Kansas is a very talented team that will be a big-time contender as they usually are.

    With the loss from Texas this weekend, it leaves the Jayhawks in perfect position to "Rock Chalk" all the way to the Big 12 title.

1. Ohio State

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    Oh, the dreaded No. 1 position is going to be back in the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes are coming off a perfect week in which they defeated both Illinois and Indiana.

    Ohio State has one major test and one pesky test left.  They will first travel to the Bryce Jordan Center to face the Penn State Nittany Lions, which think that the slipper fits their foot just fine and are looking for another upset.

    Their major test, however, will come against Wisconsin when the Badgers travel into Columbus to take on the Buckeyes.

    Ohio State controls its own destiny. If they win out, the Buckeyes are conference champs, but if they lose one game, they will most likely share with Purdue once again.

My Top 10

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    If I were a member of the AP, this is what my Top 10 would look like.

    1. Ohio State

    2. Kansas

    3. Duke

    4. Purdue

    5. BYU

    6. Texas

    7. Pittsburgh

    8. San Diego State

    9. Notre Dame

    10. Wisconsin