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Week 10 College Basketball Rankings: No Change In The Top Five

The Big Ten sports four teams in this week's Top 25.

The last couple of years, we have really gotten used to January shakeups in the top 25 in college basketball. So it is almost strange to see a top five stay the exact same for two straight weeks, especially after the start of conference play. Alas, here we are, with Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, Syracuse and Pittsburgh in the top five, and San Diego State and Villanova keeping their #6 and #7 spots as well in both polls. But with conference rivalries heating up, there's little doubt that a shakeup is possible, and if the past is any indication, very likely.

The week was not without surprises, though, as we saw Michigan State drop from the rankings in the AP Poll, after an inexcusable loss to Penn State (9-6, KenPom #74). State is the early frontrunner for biggest disappointment midway through the 2010-11 basketball season, and while four of Sparty's five losses came to teams in the top 30 in the KenPom ratings, Head Coach Tom Izzo has cause for concern. They have an incredibly tough home test against Wisconsin tonight, and how they play in this game could go a long way in setting the tone for the rest of January (Northwestern, @ Illinois, @ Purdue, Michigan, Indiana).

The Ohio State Buckeyes certainly had their hands full this week, winning their two games over Iowa and Minnesota by a combined 8 points. The game against the Gophers wasn't without controversy,  as both coaches had problems with the officiating. OSU slipped ALL the way down to #2 in the KenPom ratings (from #1 last week), after Duke continued their dominance with impressive wins over UAB and Maryland.

Cincinnati dropped from the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, but hung onto a #25 ranking in the AP, after an up-and-down week, including an impressive win over Xavier and a tough road loss to 'Nova. They should have no trouble with South Florida tomorrow, but can't get caught looking ahead to their trip to Syracuse on Saturday.

Here is the full Top 25 (from ESPN):

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (65) 15-0 1,625
2 Ohio State 16-0 1,549
3 Kansas 15-0 1,489
4 Syracuse 16-0 1,443
5 Pittsburgh 15-1 1,353
6 San Diego State 17-0 1,249
7 Villanova 14-1 1,248
8 Purdue 15-1 1,105
9 Notre Dame 14-2 1,069
10 Connecticut 12-2 1,058
11 Brigham Young 16-1 925
12 Texas 12-3 842
13 Kentucky 12-3 808
14 Texas A&M 14-1 807
15 Missouri 14-2 781
16 Illinois 13-3 655
17 Washington 12-3 540
18 Louisville 13-2 345
19 Temple 11-3 232
20 Wisconsin 12-3 231
21 Kansas State 12-4 217
22 Georgetown 12-4 211
23 UCF 14-1 170
24 Georgia 12-2 145
25 Cincinnati 15-1 144

 

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (31) 15-0 775
2 Ohio State 16-0 742
3 Kansas 15-0 713
4 Syracuse 16-0 682
5 Pittsburgh 15-1 641
6 San Diego State 17-0 618
7 Villanova 14-1 589
8 Purdue 15-1 549
9 Connecticut 12-2 494
10 Brigham Young 16-1 482
11 Notre Dame 14-2 450
12 Missouri 14-2 407
13 Texas A&M 14-1 395
14 Texas 12-3 354
15 Kentucky 12-3 346
16 Illinois 13-3 323
17 Louisville 13-2 224
18 Washington 12-3 193
19 Georgetown 12-4 156
20 Kansas State 12-4 122
21 Wisconsin 12-3 95
22 UCF 14-1 85
23 Temple 11-3 81
24 Michigan State 10-5 75
25 Minnesota 12-4 74

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