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Week 11 College Basketball Rankings: The Ohio State Buckeyes Claim The Top Spot

The Big East dominates the rankings, with seven teams in the top 25; while Ohio State claims the top spot after Duke's slip-up.

There's no room for error in NCAA basketball, and Duke learned that the hard way on Wednesday in Tallahassee against Florida State. The Blue Devils, who have been coasting since the toe injury to Kyrie Irving, couldn't hit their shots and were unable to contain Derwin Kitchen and the Seminoles, losing by a final of 66-61. They bounced back on Saturday after a slow start, defeating Virginia, 76-60.

With the Duke loss, Ohio State moved into the top spot after a week of more close calls. The Buckeyes held off Michigan in Ann Arbor on January 12, winning 68-64, and returned home to take on Penn State on Saturday. The Nittany Lions gave OSU all they could handle, but the Buckeyes kept it together down the stretch to escape with a three point victory. OSU, 18-0 (5-0), has played as a team all season long, and continues to win the close ones. After a test against Iowa on Wednesday, Ohio State faces one of their toughest challenges of the year when they travel to Illinois on the 22nd.

Duke slipped to #5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Kansas, Syracuse and Pittsburgh all moved up a spot to 2-3-4. The Big East currently fields four teams in the top ten, with Villanova holding their #7 spot after defeating Louisville and mounting an impressive come-from-behind victory over Maryland on Saturday.

The Mountain West saw two teams in the top ten this week, as San Diego State remained undefeated, and BYU, behind some unbelievable play from Jimmer Fredette, pummeled Utah, 104-79.

Here is the full top 25 (from ESPN):

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Ohio State (28) 18-0 772
2 Kansas (2) 17-0 738
3 Syracuse (1) 18-0 715
4 Pittsburgh 17-1 653
5 Duke 16-1 641
6 San Diego State 19-0 633
7 Villanova 16-1 594
8 Connecticut 14-2 531
9 Brigham Young 17-1 529
10 Texas A&M 16-1 491
11 Texas 14-3 454
12 Kentucky 14-3 439
13 Purdue 15-3 371
14 Missouri 15-3 337
15 Louisville 14-3 276
16 Notre Dame 14-4 266
17 Wisconsin 13-4 207
18 Michigan State 12-5 187
19 Minnesota 14-4 183
20 Washington 13-4 182
21 Saint Mary's 16-2 153
22 Illinois 13-5 120
23 Georgetown 13-5 119
24 Kansas State 13-5 66
25 Arizona 15-3 60

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.