Week 14 Power Rankings
This past week was insane and with all the upsets, a lot of times teams winning kept them from moving either up or down in my Power Rankings. Villanova is my number one team, while also losing. The Top-3 took a combined four losses and 9 of my top-12 teams from last week lost in total. After all the upsets, here is my Week 14 Power Rankings.
1.Villanova: The Wildcats lost at home to Saint John’s but they were playing without Eric Paschall (concussion) and Phil Booth (Hand). This isn’t a good game but if you told me to pick one team to win the title, I would take Villanova.
2.Xavier: The Musketeers continue to win tight games, first they beat Butler on the road in overtime. Then Saturday they escaped Omaha with a 72-71 win over Creighton. If any Xavier game is close, the Musketeers will win it.
3.Virginia: The Cavaliers were so close to being ranked number one, then they lost a home game against in-state rival Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers are still in good shape to get the top overall seed in the tournament, just keep winning.
4.Michigan State: A lot of people say Michigan State got snubbed and to that, I say that they don’t have the wins they need to be a Top-2 seed. The Spartans did get a good win against Purdue on Saturday and Miles Bridges showed he can be a closer.
5.Texas Tech: The Red Raiders took care of Iowa State and won at Kansas State and now are atop the Big 12 standings. The Red Raiders should win their next three games but you never know with the Big 12.
6.Cincinnati: The Bearcats blew out UCF as expected then went on the road and blew out SMU. At this point, an 18-0 record in the American seems very likely.
7.Auburn: The Tigers lost at home against Texas A&M but picked up a nice win at Georgia. The Tigers still sit atop the SEC standings but their schedule does pick up.
8.Ohio State: The Buckeyes picked up a signature win by beating Purdue on the road, then after the Spartans beat Purdue on Saturday the Buckeyes moved to the top spot in the Big Ten. Who saw this coming in the preseason?
9.Clemson: The Tigers beat Pittsburgh this week, which moved them up a little bit. They’ll have a tough three-game stretch where they’ll play at Florida State and Virginia Tech, as well as a game against Duke at home.
10.Purdue: The Boilermakers went 0-2 this week after two game-winners beat them. They still are in position for a one seed but they moved down in my Power Rankings.
11.Duke: Took a tough loss to rival North Carolina on Thursday, the loss showed that the Blue Devils are very flawed. On the bright side they blew out Georgia Tech with no Marvin Bagley III
12.Kansas: After opening a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings, the Jayhawks have since lost three of their last six games in total and now they are one game behind Texas Tech. The Jayhawks week was eventful as Bill Self has called out multiple players this week and they don’t look like they are going to win a 14th straight Big 12 title.
13.North Carolina: The Tar Heels beat Duke after a great second half performance, they then avoided losing to an upset-hungry NC State team. To call this past week a success might be an understatement.
14.Rhode Island: December 6th, 2017 is the last day the Rams have lost a basketball game. They’ve been rolling since conference play started, the only issue the Rams have had was not getting selected for the Top-16 Bracket Preview show yesterday.
15.Tennessee: The Volunteers looked poised to make it as a top two seed in the Bracket Preview show but they then lost to Alabama in blowout fashion.
16.Arizona: The Wildcats had a lackluster performance against UCLA but rebounded nicely to beat USC. This team has had some issues playing hard but they still are Final Four good if they figure things out.
17.Texas A&M: The Aggies are back, as this week they upset SEC leader Auburn on the road, then they beat Kentucky quite handily. The issue with the Aggies is suspensions as they dismissed guard JJ Caldwell and suspended Jay Jay Chandler on Sunday night.
18.Missouri: The Tigers won at Ole Miss and beat Mississippi State in overtime this week. The Tigers seem like a lock for the tournament and with a possible Michael Porter Jr. return, they could make a deep tournament run.
19.West Virginia: The Mountaineers won a big road game at Oklahoma then came home and laid an egg against Oklahoma State on Saturday. Just another day in the Big 12 for the Mountaineers.
20.Gonzaga: The Bulldogs struggled but beat Pacific but they then went on the road and beat Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs are a very deep team and appear to be on pace to win another West Coast Conference title.
21.Alabama: The Crimson Tide lost to Mississippi State early in the week but they then blew out Tennessee. At this point, it has become laughable at how inconsistent the Crimson Tide are but they should be in good shape for making the tournament.
22.Oklahoma: The Sooners lost to both West Virginia at home and then at Iowa State. Losing hurts but given their success early in the season they still are pretty safe from being on the bubble based off their wins earlier in the season.
23.Florida: After losing three of their previous our games, the Gators beat LSU and won at South Carolina. The Gators when they are playing well are a contender to go deep in the tournament but when they aren’t they can lose to anyone.
24.Nevada: The Wolfpack lost at home to UNLV but they were without Caleb Martin. He then returned and they blew out San Diego State so I wouldn’t read too much into that UNLV loss.
25.Kentucky: The Wildcats lost a tough home game against Tennessee, then lost at Texas A&M. This may be John Calipari’s worst team at Kentucky but yet they still are comfortably in the NCAA tournament, so there’s that.
Just Missed Out: Creighton, Wichita State, St. Mary’s, Miami, Arizona State