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College Basketball Power Rankings: Week 15

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Total Pro Sports – 2 weeks. 13 days. 336 hours. 20,160 minutes. That’s the amount of time until the brackets are released. No more looking at RPI or strength of schedules. Just millions of people deciding which 12 to take over a 5, or if they really should pull the trigger on that 15 over a 2. With a tournament field lacking true great teams, this year could be one of the most exciting to date. Only 1,209,600 seconds left.

College Basketball Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Red ArrowThe Clemson Tiger are the biggest shaker this week dropping 11 spots in the power rankings.

Green ArrowThe LSU Tigers are the biggest Mover this week jumping 14 spots in the college basketball power rankings.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: College Basketball POWER RANKINGS for week 15.

Rank Team Record Change Comment
1 Connecticut Huskies 27-2 - How will the Huskies handle being the a top the rankings? We?ll get to see when they travel to Pitt later in the week.
2 North Carolina 25-3
Green Arrow1 They are the most talented team in the nation. But do they have the fire to bring down the nets in Detroit? Another test against Duke this week.
3 Oklahoma Sooners 26-3 Red Arrow1 Yes they have lost 2 out of 3 but they were without their all-world forward Blake Griffin. Without him they are a quality team, with him they are dangerous.
4 Pittsburgh Panthers 26-3 Green Arrow1 The loss to Providence was perplexing. If they take care of business this week against Marquette and UConn they should cement themselves as a 1 seed.
5 Louisville Cardinals 25-3
Green Arrow1 Rick Patino and crew could achieve a 1 seed if any of the previous teams drop the ball.
6 Michigan State Spartans 25-3 Green Arrow6 The Spartans locked up a share of the Big Ten title with a win over Illinois on Sunday. They should be able to win it out right when they go to Indiana on Tuesday. If they win their next two, and their conference Tournament they could move to a 1 seed.
7 Memphis Tigers 26-3 Green Arrow9 Sure they are rolling, but I am not buying it. They only have 4 wins against the RPI top 50. Their defense will carry them but I am not sure passed the sweet 16.
8 Kansas 24-5 Green Arrow1 Props to Bill Self for having this team at this level so soon after losing so much talent to the NBA.
9 Duke Blue Devils 24-5 Red Arrow5 Tough week ahead for Duke. At home against Florida State and then on the road in Chapel Hill.
10 Wake Forest 23-5 Red Arrow3 It seems so long ago that they were number one in the nation, but Jeff Teague and crew is still lurking.
11 LSU Tigers 25-4 Green Arrow14 It is time to give the Tigers some credit. Sure the SEC is down but they are taking care of business. With Vandy and Auburn on tap, they should finish the season with only one loss in conference.
12 Villanova Wildcats 23-6 Green Arrow2 Without some bonafide low post presence how far can the wildcats go?
13 Washington Huskies 22-7 Green Arrow2 The Huskies will at least have a share of the Pac 10 title. A win against Washington State will give the Huskies the title outright.
14 Missouri Tigers 24-5 Green Arrow11 A 90-65 loss to Kansas? Quality teams don?t lose by 25. They would be ranked lower but the teams behind them are faltering worse.
15 Purdue 22-7 Red Arrow4 Not sure how this team loses to Michigan but then puts a 25 point beat down on Ohio State.
16 Gonzaga 23-5 Green Arrow1 This is probably the most talented team Mark Few has had. With a good showing in their conference tournament they could grab a 3 seed.
17 Marquette 23-6 Red Arrow11 The Golden Eagles have lost their last two and it doesn’t get easier with games against Pitt and Syracuse. It doesn’t help that star guard Dominic James is out for the year.
18 Xavier Musketeers 23-5 Red Arrow8 The A-10 conference tournament is going to be exciting. If Xavier wins they are probably looking at a 4 seed.
19 UCLA Bruins 22-7 Red Arrow6 They showed some guts going into Cal and coming out with a 4-point win. They should rap up with two wins against the Oregon schools before the PAC 10 tourney.
20 Illinois Fighting Illini 23-7 Green Arrow2 A tough loss on senior day on to Michigan State. They can?t sulk too much with Penn State on the horizon.
21 Clemson 22-6 Red Arrow12 Losers of 2 of their last 3 the Tigers are looking like their old selves. They can?t afford to overlook Virginia at home before they take on Wake Forest to close out the season.
22 Arizona State Sun Devils 21-7 Green Arrow3 Tough week for the Sun Devils. Two overtime losses to both Washington and Washington State. They have Stanford and Cal next.
23 Syracuse Orange 21-8 Red Arrow3 They are incredibly inconsistent but immensely talented. They will be a tough out come tournament time.
24 Butler 25-4 Red Arrow5 The baby Bulldogs barely beat Cleveland State, but have a share of the Horizon league title. They could be bounced in the first round because of their youth, but they are capable of making a deep tourney run.
25 Florida State 22-7 Green Arrow1 Solid win against Clemson last week. Can they travel to Cameron Indoor and upset Duke?

Be sure to check back next week with our College Basketball Power Rankings for week 16.




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