Ohio State stays atop The List for a third consecutive week following a topsy-turvy Saturday full of upsets. The Buckeyes nearly got knocked off themselves but escaped with a 58-57 victory at Northwestern to improve to 22-0 after routing No. 10 Purdue 87-64 earlier in the week.
Joining Ohio State in the top five are Kansas (20-1), Pittsburgh (20-2), Texas (18-3) and San Diego State (21-1).
Louisville makes the biggest jump this week, onto The List at No. 15 after being unranked a week ago as the Cardinals knocked off No. 19 West Virginia and No. 12 Connecticut. Louisville is one of four new teams on The List along with Arizona, Utah State and Maryland.
Vanderbilt takes the biggest tumble, going from No. 14 to off The List following a loss to Arkansas on Saturday. The others who drop off are Saint Mary's, Cincinnati and Illinois.
Unlike The Associated Press' media poll and USA Today/ESPN's coaches (re: sports information directors) poll, we take into account subjective data to present our weekly Top 25, a cross section of Ken Pomeroy's Pomeroy Ratings at kenpom.com, the Jeff Sagarin ratings for USA Today at usatoday.com, Team Rankings at teamrankings.com, Kyle Whelliston's State of Basketball rankings at basketballstate.com and the Ratings Percentage Index, more commonly known as the RPI, which can be found at various sources. We also project the 68 teams most deserving of being in the NCAA Tournament.
1.Ohio State (22-0)
Previous Ranking: 1
Last week: Defeated No. 10 Purdue 87-64 and Northwestern 58-57
This week: Michigan on Thursday, at No. 21 Minnesota on Sunday
Information: Jon Diebler is third in the nation with a 138.8 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 4
Last week: Defeated Colorado 82-78 and Kansas State 90-66
This week: at Texas Tech on Tuesday, at Nebraska on Saturday
Information: Marcus Morris is 44th in the nation with a 125.7 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 2
Last week: Lost to No. 18 Notre Dame 56-51, defeated Rutgers 65-62
This week: Cincinnati on Saturday
Information: Ashton Gibbs is 63rd in the nation with a122.7 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 7
Last week: Defeated Oklahoma State 61-46 and No. 21 Missouri71-58
This week: at No. 20 Texas A&M on Monday, Texas Tech on Saturday
Information: Jordan Hamilton is 42nd in the nation in percentage of shots with 32.1.
5.San Diego State (21-1)
Previous Ranking: 6
Last week: Lost to No. 5 Brigham Young 71-58, defeated Wyoming 96-57
This week: at Colorado State on Wednesday, Texas Christian on Saturday
Information: James Rahon is 43rd in the nation with a 125.7 offensive rating.
6.Brigham Young (20-2)
Previous Ranking: 5
Last week: Defeated No. 6 San Diego State 71-58, lost to New Mexico 86-77
This week: at Wyoming on Wednesday, Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday.
Information: Jackson Emery is 37th in the nation with a 126.6 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 3
Last week: Defeated Boston College 84-68, lost to St. John's 93-78
This week: at No. 24 Maryland on Wednesday, North Carolina State on Saturday
Information: Andre Dawkins is 22nd in the nation with a 129.2 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 10
Last week: Lost to No. 1 Ohio State 87-64, defeated No. 24 Minnesota 73-61
This week: at No. 18 Wisconsin on Tuesday
Information: Ryne Smith is second in the nation with a 139.7 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 11
Last week: Defeated Georgia 66-60
This week: at Mississippi on Tuesday, at Florida on Saturday
Information: Josh Harrellson is 23rd in the nation with a 129.0 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 12
Last week: Defeated Marquette 76-68, lost to Louisville 79-78 (2 OT)
This week: No. 16 Syracuse on Wednesday, at Seton Hall on Saturday
Information: Kemba Walker is 23rd nationally in percentage of shots with 33.7.
Previous Ranking: 16
Last week: Defeated St. John's 77-52 and No. 8 Villanova 69-66
This week: No. 15 Louisville on Monday, Providence on Saturday
Information: Austin Freeman is 17th in the nation with 130.8 offensive rating.
12.West Virginia (14-6)
Previous Ranking: 19
Last week: Lost to Louisville 55-54, defeated Cincinnati 66-55
This week: Seton Hall on Wednesday, at No. 13 Villanova on Saturday
Information: Casey Mitchell is 53rd in the nation in percentage of shots with 31.5.
Previous Ranking: 8
Last week: Lost to Providence 83-68 and No. 16 Georgetown 69-66
This week: Marquette on Wednesday, No. 12 West Virginia on Saturday
Information: Corey Stokes is 125th in the nation with a 119.0 offensive rating.
14.Notre Dame (17-4)
Previous Ranking: 18
Last week: Defeated No. 2 Pittsburgh 56-51
This week: at DePaul on Thursday, Rutgers on Sunday
Information: Carleton Scott is 47th in the nation with a 124.9 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated No. 19 West Virginia 55-54and No. 12 Connecticut 79-78 (2 OT)
This week: at No. 11 Georgetown on Monday, DePaul on Saturday
Information: Kyle Kuric is 28th in the nation with a 127.9 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 9
Last week: Lost to Seton Hall 90-68 and Marquette 76-70
This week: at No. 10 Connecticut on Wednesday, at South Florida on Saturday
Information: Rick Jackson is 62nd in the nation in percentage of minutes played with 86.8.
Previous Ranking: 13
Last week: Lost to Washington State 87-80
This week: at Oregon State on Thursday, at Oregon on Saturday
Information: Justin Holiday is 34th in the nation with a 127.0 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 15
Last week: Lost to Penn State 56-52
This week: No. 8 Purdue on Tuesday, Michigan State on Sunday
Information: Tim Jarmusz is ninth in the nation with a 132.8 offensive rating.
19.North Carolina (15-5)
Previous Ranking: 23
Last week: Defeated Miami (Fla.) 74-71 and North Carolina State 84-64
This week: at Boston College on Tuesday, Florida State on Sunday
Information: Harrison Barnes is 254th in the nation in percentage of possessions with 26.9.
20.Texas A&M (17-3)
Previous Ranking: 17
Last week: Lost to Nebraska 57-48
This week: No. 4 Texas on Monday, Baylor on Saturday
Information: Nathan Walkup is 54th in the nation with a 123.6 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: 24
Last week: Defeated Northwestern 81-70, lost to No. 10 Purdue 73-61
This week: at Indiana on Wednesday, No. 1 Ohio State on Sunday
Information: Blake Hoffarber is 69th in the nation with a 122.5 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated UCLA 85-74 and Southern California 82-73
This week: at Stanford on Thursday, at California on Saturday
Information: Derrick Williams in 29th in the nation with a 127.7 offensive rating.
23.Utah State (20-2)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated San Jose State 84-65 and Hawaii 89-84 (2 OT)
This week: Nevada on Wednesday, Boise State on Saturday
Information: Brian Green is 25th in the nation with a 128.4 offensive rating.
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Virginia 66-42 and Georgia Tech 74-63
This week: No. 7 Duke on Wednesday, Wake Forest on Saturday
Information: Terrell Stoglin is 236th in the nation in percentage of possessions with 26.0.
Previous Ranking: 21
Last week: Lost to No. 7 Texas 71-58
This week: at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Colorado on Saturday
Information: Marcus Denmon is 26th in the nation with a 128.4 offensive rating.
Dropped out: No. 14 Vanderbilt, No. 20 Saint Mary's, No. 22 Cincinnati, No. 25 Illinois
Others to watch: Clemson (15-6), George Mason (17-5), Nevada-Las Vegas (16-5), Tennessee (14-7), Xavier (15-5) < /p>
The Field of 68
ACC (6): Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
America East (1): Vermont
Atlantic Sun (1): Belmont
Atlantic 10 (3): Duquesne, Temple, Xavier
Big 12 (5): Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M
Big East (11): Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia
Big Sky (1): Montana
Big South (1): Coastal Carolina
Big Ten (7): Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Big West (1): Pacific
Colonial (1): George Mason
Conference USA (1): Texas-El Paso
Horizon (1): Cleveland State
Ivy (1): Harvard
Metro Atlantic (1): Iona
Mid-American (1): Buffalo
Mid-Eastern (1): Hampton
Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State
Mountain West (4): Brigham Young, Nevada-Las Vegas, New Mexico, San Diego State
Northeast (1): Long Island
Ohio Valley (1): Morehead State
Pac-10 (4): Arizona, Southern California, Washington, Washington State
Patriot (1): Bucknell
SEC (5): Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
SWAC (1): Texas Southern
Southern (1): College of Charleston
Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin
Summit (1): Oakland
Sun Belt (1): Florida Atlantic
WAC (1): Utah State
West Coast (1): Saint Mary's
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