Power Rankings: College Basketball
1. Kentucky Wildcats (25-1)
It's starting to seem that the only thing that can keep the Wildcats from being a No. 1 seed is the state of Kentucky falling off of the map altogether. Kentucky is 25-1, undefeated in the (albeit soft) SEC, and has won 17 consecutive games. They have beaten Kansas and North Carolina, and their only loss came on a buzzer-beating three-pointer on the road at a tough Indiana team. The Wildcats are freakishly athletic, led by freshman big man Anthony Davis, who leads the nation in blocks. If this team keeps up its current play, it could bring John Calipari his first National Championship.
2. Syracuse Orange (26-1)
The Orange are right their with the Wildcats in terms of record--and Syracuse's only loss came without the services of their big man, sophomore center Fab Melo. However, the Wildcats got the nod over the Orange because they have a far more impressive resume than Syracuse. The Orange have had to eek out a few wins in the past week, first against Georgetown at home in overtime last Thursday, and then on Tuesday the Orange survived by a point at Louisville.
3. Missouri Tigers (24-2)
Missouri is really, really good. In fact, the Tigers might be better than the Orange, and I toyed with the idea of ranking them as such. However, Missouri has had two slipups this season with losses at Kansas State and at Oklahoma State. Otherwise, the high-scoring Tigers have an impressive resume with a pair of wins over Baylor and a home win over arch-rival Kansas. There is a very good chance that the Feb. 25 rematch between the Tigers and the Jayhawks will decide the Big 12 champion.
4. Kansas Jayhawks (21-5)
Kansas could be right there with Syracuse and Missouri. In fact, Kansas was the better team versus Missouri for much of their Feb. 4 matchup, but the Tigers closed on an 11-0 run, beating the Jayhawks. Kansas has played a brutal schedule, but has weathered it. KU is 2-3 versus top-10 teams, with wins over Ohio State and Georgetown, and losses to Mizzou, Kentucky and Duke. Kansas has won seven straight Big 12 titles, and the Jayhawks have put themselves in position to win an eighth behind the play of Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson and point guard Tyshawn Taylor.
5. Duke Blue Devils (21-4)
Duke is in great position to snag a No. 2 seed, and is still in contention for a No. 1 if it can get revenge over Florida State next week and finish a season sweep of rival North Carolina. The Blue Devils are slotted ahead of The Tar Heels and a few Big Ten schools thanks to wins over Carolina and Duke. Sure, Ohio State whipped the floor with Duke in November, but championships aren't won in November, and this Duke team has improved a lot over the course of the season.
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