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College Basketball Power Rankings: Week 11

by: AnthonyP On  Tuesday, February 3, 2009

UCONNWeek: | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 – 9 | 10-11 |

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Total Pro Sports – Conference play is in full swing and teams are feeling the pressure. Butler’s loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay, Notre Dame’s five-game slide, and Michigan State’s upset loss at home to Penn State show tough it is to win in conference. It is those teams that take care of business in conference that will be dancing well into March.

College Basketball Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Red ArrowArizona State is that biggest shaker this week. With two losses at home to both Washington and Washington State the Sun Devils are barely hanging in the top 25.

Green ArrowKansas is the biggest movers this week. There move from unranked to 18 is from a 7-game winning steak which includes a win at Baylor.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league:

College Basketball POWER

RANKINGS for week 11.

Rank Team Record Change Comment
1 Connecticut Huskies 21-1 Green Arrow4 It has been a curse to be number one this year. Duke, UNC, Wake, and Pitt have all fallen from the top.Yet UConn took care of business at Louisville.
2 Oklahoma Sooners 21-1
Green Arrow2 They should win the Big 12 and contend for a one seed. The only question is how are they going to shape up against teams from better conferences.
3 North Carolina 19-2 Green Arrow3 UNC is back in the top four, meaning a number one seed. Can’t wait for their showdown with Duke on the 11th.
4 Duke Blue Devils 19-2 Red Arrow2 Their short stint at the top ended in Winston Salem. It doesn’t get easier when they travel to Clemson and face UNC in the coming weeks.
5 Pittsburgh Panthers 19-2
Red Arrow2 IF DeJuan Blair is on Pitt is tough to beat, but when he’s not they aren’t the national title contender.
6 Marquette 19-2 Green Arrow4 Marquette is still a top the big east and should take two games this week against Depaul and South Florida. Their Achilles heal? Depth. Which is never good come tourney time.
7 Wake Forest 17-2 Red Arrow6 Their upset at Georgia Tech was shocking. Their youth showed when on their last possession they threw the ball away while inbounding. The rest is history when the Yellow Jackets nailed a last second jumper for the win.
8 Louisville Cardinals 17-4 Green Arrow1 UConn was able to cool of the Cards handing them their first loss, but this team is still one that teams don’t want to run into.
9 Clemson 18-2 Red Arrow1 Can Clemson get that big win against Duke on the 4th?
10 Xavier Musketeers 19-2 Green Arrow7 They are rolling, their next test should come against Dayton on the 11th.
11 Purdue 17-4 Green Arrow9 This team could make it to Detroit for the Final Four. Their next three games will be solid tests (Ohio State, Illinois and Penn State)
12 Michigan State Spartans 17-4 Red Arrow5 Two straight home losses? Around East Lansing this is unheard of. They need Raymar Morgan back to push take on Purdue for the Big Ten Title.
13 UCLA Bruins 17-4 Green Arrow2 They aren’t elite as they use to be, but with Shipp and Collison they should be a factor.
14 Villanova Wildcats 17-4 Green Arrow5 Huge win for Jay Wright’s squad over Pitt. No time to rest as the Wildcats go to Providence then face the ‘Cuse.
15 Texas Longhorns 15-5 Red Arrow2 Their loss at home in overtime to Kansas State was surprising could the upcoming game at Nebraska be another trip up?
16 Memphis Tigers 18-3 Green Arrow9 Like we thought Memphis has beat up on Conference USA opponents. A tough task lies ahead against Gonzaga.
17 Gonzaga 16-4 Green Arrow5 The win over Saint Mary’s was a step in the right direction. This team has talent and could go deep in March, they just need the pieces to fit.
18 Kansas 17-4 NR Since their loss to Michigan State they have won seven straight. They aren’t as good as Texas or Oklahoma but they could do some damage.
19 Butler 19-2 Red Arrow3 A team that is potentially a 3 seed should take care of business at Wisconsin-Green Bay even if it is on the road.
20 Syracuse Orange 17-5 Red Arrow8 They gave up 100 points to Providence. Jimmy B, whats wrong with your 2-3 zone?
21 Minnesota Golden Gophers 18-3 Green Arrow3 A win at Michigan State on Wednesday pulls the Gophers into a possible first place tie in the Big Ten. Kudos, Tubby Smith.
22 Illinois Fighting Illini 18-4 NR The Illini are in the mix of the Big Ten race. Can Demetri McCamey keep up his stellar play?
23 Penn State Lions 17-5 NR Penn State made history coming out of the Breslin Center, a place they never won before, with a win. With three scoring threats Penn State would be a tough out come tourney time.
24 Utah State 21-1 NR Could they this year’s Cinderella? Their bench goes 8 deep and their front court is formidable.
25 Arizona State Sun Devils 16-5 Red Arrow11 They have fallen 2 games behind UCLA for the Pac Ten lead. They should get two wins over the Oregon teams before a home game with the Bruins.

Be sure to check back next week with our College Basketball Power Rankings for week 12.




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