We are just under two weeks away from Selection Sunday and all chaos is starting to break lose on the college basketball front. The top two teams remained the same, in the most up-to-date AP Top 25 Poll, but rankings 3-25 all had some rearranging. Gonzaga and Virginia still hold down the top two spots, but North Carolina now holds the #3 ranking, with Duke and Tennessee rounding out the top five. There were two new teams to the Top 10 as Texas Tech and LSU entered at #8 and #10 respectively. Former #8 Houston and former #10 Marquette were the two teams to drop out of the Top 10 this week. Marquette lost, at home, to unranked Creighton on Sunday and Houston lost, also at home, to then unranked, but not #25, Central Florida.
Central Florida entered the rankings this week and they were joined by Villanova who jumped to #23 after being unranked for a few weeks. UCF, who was on the bubble as of yesterday, is now a virtual lock to make the dance after their impressive road win at Houston on Saturday. Houston had the longest active home winning streak at 33 games.
This week’s biggest riser was Virginia Tech who, after beating Duke, rose from #20 to #15. There were many teams who fell this week as upsets were aplenty. As previously mentioned Houston went from ranked #8 in the country to #12 and Marquette went from #10 to #16. Maryland, who got blown out at PSU and then lost at home vs Michigan, dropped from #17 to #24. Finally, Nevada, who has not gotten much respect from the tournament committee so far, lost at Utah State this past weekend and dropped from #12 to #17. Nevada is going to finish this season with no Quadrant 1 wins and will be an interesting team to see what seed line they fall on come Selection Sunday.
The final week of the regular season means a lot to some teams and there are some big time games. We start off right away with #2 Virginia traveling to Syracuse on Monday night. We also see bubble team TCU hosting #18 Kansas State. Kansas State can all but clinch a share of the Big 12 title with a win. The same can be said for #8 Texas Tech who host Texas on Monday. Tuesday features a showdown between #15 Virginia Tech traveling to face #14 Florida State. #13 Kansas will travel to face Oklahoma trying to keep their Big 12 title streak alive. On Thursday #20 Cincinnati will travel to Orlando to face #25 UCF in an AAC battle. Saturday will be the second installment of the best rivalry in sports as #4 Duke will face #3 UNC at Chapel Hill. There is also a big bubble game as #25 UCF will travel to North Philly to face Temple. The Owls most likely need this win to get into the tournament and they are always deadly at home. The regular season wraps up Sunday with #12 Houston traveling to play #20 Cincinnati.
We are just a week away from conference tournaments and the most fun three weeks of the college basketball season.