BracketBot Power Rankings: February 3, 2020

1. Kansas (17-3, 7-1 Big XII; 0)
2. Duke (18-3, 8-2 ACC; 0)
3. Baylor (19-1, 8-0 Big XII; +1)
4. San Diego State (22-0, 12-0 MWC; +3)
5. West Virginia (17-4, 5-3 Big XII; -2)
6. Gonzaga (23-1, 9-0 WCC; 0)
7. Louisville (19-3, 10-1 ACC; +1)
8. Dayton (20-2, 9-0 A-10; -3)
9. Auburn (19-2, 6-2 SEC; +4)
10. Maryland (17-4, 7-3 Big Ten; 0)
11. Florida State (18-3, 8-2 ACC; -2)
12. Villanova (17-4, 7-2 Big East; -1)
13. Oregon (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12; -1)
14. Michigan State (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten; 0)
15. Arizona (15-6, 5-3 Pac-12; +5)
16. Seton Hall (16-5, 8-1 Big East; -1)
17. Colorado (17-5, 6-3 Pac-12; -1)
18. LSU (17-4, 8-0 SEC; +1)
19. Butler (17-5, 5-4 Big East; -2)
20. Creighton (16-5, 6-3 Big East; +9)
21. Arkansas (16-5, 4-4 SEC; 0)
22. Kentucky (16-5, 6-2 SEC; -4)
23. Iowa (16-6, 7-4 Big Ten; +1)
24. Penn State (16-5, 6-4 Big Ten; +7)
25. Marquette (16-6, 6-4 Big East; +8)
26-30. Northern Iowa, Wichita State, Houston, Rhode Island, Rutgers

Welcome to all of you coming down from the end of the NFL season! Here in college basketball, things are heating up and we’re about halfway through conference play. This week didn’t see too many of the top-5 upsets that we’re accustomed to seeing this season, but several in the middle range of the top 25 that give us a pretty clear demarcation between the top group of teams and the rest. To that I say, finally! This has been a really unpredictable season.

At the top, things remained largely the same. #5 WEST VIRGINIA was the top team to take a loss this week, losing at #52 Texas Tech on Wednesday. It’s still this algorithm’s opinion that Texas Tech is the most overrated team regularly receiving AP votes, so they are punished more harshly for their loss than others might do and slip down to #5. The big jumpers in that echelon were #4 SAN DIEGO STATE, who had two of their tougher Mountain West games this week, at #103 New Mexico and home to #50 Utah State. They blew out UNM and pulled out a double digit win against USU despite trailing for a good portion of the game.

#9 AUBURN had an up-and-down week, or should I say down-and-up, or even kinda-down-and-way-up? A near disaster on Tuesday night as they just escaped Oxford, MS with a win over #150 Ole Miss was followed by a huge 9-point win over #22 Kentucky in a marquee SEC matchup. It only gets harder this week, though, when they travel to #21 Arkansas, then host #18 LSU.

Then, the cohort of teams that all lost this week – #11 FLORIDA STATE, #12 VILLANOVA, #13 OREGON and #14 MICHIGAN STATE, who lost to #38 Virginia, #20 Creighton, #36 Stanford and #44 Wisconsin, respectively. As you can tell, none of these losses are all that bad, but the combination of them all happening this week kinda strikes a dividing line between the top 10 and everyone else. Michigan State in particular is a team with very high expectations, so I expect them to be back in the top 10 come tourney time, but for now they’re down here with the other plebeians.

Three new teams in this week, starting with #20 CREIGHTON! The Bluejays had been 2-3 in the Big East but have now won four straight, including the aforementioned upset at Villanova. The Big East is so strong this year – still my top-rated conference overall – and to be above .500 in it at all is a feat.

Another returning team to the top 25 is #24 PENN STATE! PSU fell out of the top 25 a few weeks ago following a three-game losing skid, but the Nittany Lions have bounced back with four wins on the trot, including over #31 Ohio State, #45 Michigan and #41 Indiana. They’re back into the top 25 just in time for their trip to East Lansing to take on Michigan State tomorrow night.

Finally, the third returning team to the top 25 is #25 MARQUETTE! They’ve won 5 of 6, and find themselves 4th in the Big East, ahead of Butler. Butler is, in fact, the only team that’s beaten Marquette recently, and they have the opportunity for revenge this weekend when the Bulldogs come to visit them in Milwaukee.

Notable unranked teams include #31 Ohio State, #33 Illinois, #34 USC, #36 Stanford, #38 Virginia, #39 Cincinnati, #41 Indiana, #46 Michigan, #53 Saint Louis, #60 Arizona State, #75 TCU, #77 Washington, #85 Notre Dame, #104 North Carolina, #113 UCLA, #121 Missouri, #135 Murray State, #144 Cal, #150 Ole Miss, #239 Illinois State, #343 SIUE and #344 SEMO.

Games of the Week – all times Eastern
Monday: Baylor/Kansas State, 9:00 on ESPN2; Baylor 65, KSU 57
Tuesday: Ohio State/Michigan, 7:00 on ESPN2; Michigan 67, tOSU 66
Wednesday: Iowa/Purdue, 7:00 on BTN; Purdue 67, Iowa 66
Thursday: Cincinnati/Wichita State, 7:00 on ESPN; WSU 67, Cincinnati 63
Friday: Maryland/Illinois, 8:00 on FS1; Illinois 66, Maryland 65
Saturday: Michigan State/Michigan, noon on Fox; MSU 72, Michigan 70
Sunday: Ohio State/Wisconsin, 1:00 on CBS; Wisconsin 60, tOSU 59
Game of the Week: Michigan State/Michigan

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