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College Basketball Power Rankings: Week 12

by: AnthonyP On  Friday, February 13, 2009

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Rivalry week is here. Rankings mean a little less, pride means a little more and bragging rights are up for grabs. Michigan State took care of business on the road in Ann Arbor and Kentucky held off Florida in Rupp Arena. Next Connecticut squares off with Syracuse,  and of course Duke and UNC. With match ups like these, it is feeling a bit like March.

College Basketball Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Red ArrowThe biggest Shakers in our NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings this week were the Purdue Boilermakers dropping 8 spots to find themselves at #20.

Green ArrowThe biggest Movers in our NCAA College Basketball Power Ranking this week were the Memphis Tigers climbing up 6 spots to end up at #10.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league:

College Basketball POWER

RANKINGS for week 12.

Rank Team Record Change Comment
1 Connecticut Huskies 22-1 - Hasheem Thabeet carried Uconn to a victory over Michigan on Saturday. Next Jim Calhoun’s team gets to host a somewhat reeling Syracuse team, losers of  4 of their last 5, Wednesday.
2 Oklahoma Sooners 23-1
- No question they are strong but you just get the feeling that Uconn, UNC and Pitt would talk care of the Sooners. Out of the top teams, none relies on just one player like Oklahoma does Blake Griffin.
3 North Carolina 21-2 - Wednesday Duke and North Carolina add a chapter to their rivalry. Hansbrough and Co. travel to Cameron Indoor. My money is on the Tar Heels.
4 Pittsburgh Panthers 22-2 Green Arrow1 Is there a better forward combo then Sam Young and DeJuan Blair? Can’t wait for their show down against Uconn next Monday. 
5 Louisville Cardinals 18-4
Green Arrow3 They got shellacked by Uconn on their home floor last week but did bounce back against St. Johns. Louisville is the most perplexing team in the top 25. At times they are unbeatable, other times their offense is nowhere to be found.
6 Duke Blue Devils 20-3 Red Arrow6 My take is that their utter humiliating beat down handed to them by Clemson (74-47) was an aberration, but we will see Wednesday.
7 Michigan State Spartans 20-4 Green Arrow5 Since their loss to Penn State the Spartans have reeled off 3 straight victories, most notably a 29 point demolishing of Minnesota. The best news for the Spartans is that they’ve done this without star forward Raymar Morgan.
8 Wake Forest 18-3 Red Arrow1 The ACC has been getting to this young team. Losses at Georgia Tech and Miami drop them down to near a 3 seed. Next up another road game against NC State.
9 UCLA Bruins 18-2 Green Arrow4 Are they just beating up on what seems to be a down Pac 10 and an apparent horrible Notre Dame team?
10 Memphis Tigers 20-3 Green Arrow6 Count me as one that was surprised to seem them take care of Gonzaga so easily. They shouldn’t lose the rest of the way with their hardest game coming at UTEP.
11 Villanova Wildcats 20-4 Green Arrow3 Don’t look now but Jay Wright’s team has reeled off 6 in a row. Oh and not to mention they’ve scored in the triple digits their last two times on the hardwood.
12 Clemson 20-3 Red Arrow3 So riddle me this. They beat Duke by 27 then lose to Florida State at home? Inconsistency is trouble especially come March.
13 Missouri Tigers 21-4 NR In the month of February the Tigers have wins against Texas and Kansas.  Surprised? Me too.
14 Marquette 20-4 Red Arrow4 They hold South Florida to 57 points but lose, then they score 84 and they still lose. They’ve lost their grip on the Big East lead.
15 Butler 21-2 Green Arrow4 They have lost some of their early season luster  losing to Wisconsin-Green Bay and narrowing out victories against the likes of Valparaiso and Detroit.
16 Xavier Musketeers 20-3 Red Arrow6 Want to know another interesting game no on Tobacco Road on Wednesday? Try the Musketeers, coming off a loss, against Dayton, who is fighting for their tourney life.
17 Kansas 19-5 Green Arrow1 They Jayhawks reeled off 8 wins before going down to Missouri. Sherron Collins has his team only one game back of Oklahoma.
18 Illinois Fighting Illini 19-5 Green Arrow4 With Demetri McCamey in the back court and Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis down low, the Fighting Illini have balance and with do some damage come March.
19 Arizona State Sun Devils 18-5 Green Arrow6 Along with Patty Mills and Stephen Curry, James Harden might be the most important basketball player to his team. Harden takes his near 22 point average up against UCLA on Thursday.
20 Purdue 17-6 Red Arrow8 They miss Robbie Hummmel, who is out witch a back injury. They need him back to have hopes of claiming the Big Ten Title.
21 Utah State 23-1 Green Arrow3 They could finish the regular season with 30 Wins. If they don’t lose the rest of the way what seed do they get? Joe Lunardi has them at an 11 seed right now.
22 Gonzaga 17-5 Red Arrow5 On paper they have talent that could match anyone. Unfortunately for them, paper doesn’t get you far in the Big Dance
23 Ohio State Buckeyes 17-5 NR Impressive Wins last week against Minnesota and Purdue. B.J Mullens is starting to look like the 5 star prospect he was projected to be.
24 Florida State 18-5 NR Florida State is only 1 game back in the ACC Standings. Wake is up next on Valentine’s day.
25 Syracuse Orange 18-6 Red Arrow5 The ‘Cuse are talented but ever since their loss to Georgetown nearly a month ago, they seem to have lost it.

Be sure to check back next week with our College Basketball Power Rankings for week 13.




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