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College Basketball Power Rankings: February 23

Kentucky players from left, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Trey Lyles, and Willie Cauley-Stein celebrate their 83-42 win over UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Kentucky players from left, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Trey Lyles, and Willie Cauley-Stein celebrate their 83-42 win over UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

With just two weeks left in the regular season, we have one of the more top-heavy collection of teams in recent history. Kentucky is still...




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  • Duke's Jahlil Okafor (15) celebrates as the team leads Virginia late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Duke won 69-63. (AP Photo/Richmond Tiimes-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

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  • Florida forward Chris Walker (23) pressures Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Kentucky defeated Florida 68-61. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

    No. 1 Kentucky Beats Florida 68-61, Remains Unbeaten

    GAINESVILLE, Fla.— Aaron Harrison scored 23 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 and top-ranked Kentucky remained unbeaten with a 68-61 victory over Florida on Saturday night... Read more

  • Virginia's Justin Anderson, right, Darion Atkins (5) and Isaiah Wilkins, top left, combine to block a shot by Louisville's Wayne Blackshear, second from right, during first-half NCAA college basketball game action Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/The RichmondTimes-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)

    Brogdon Leads No. 3 Virginia Past No. 9 Louisville, 52-47

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  • Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball as Dominique Hawkins, Norman Powell, and Bryce Alford watch, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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    With Duke’s win at Virginia, Kentucky is officially the last undefeated team. Of course, at this point there’s a good chance the Wildcats will enter... Read more

  • From left, Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, Tyler Ulis, and head coach John Calipari pause for a moment during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Kentucky won 84-70. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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  • North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks, front, and Virginia's Mike Tobey reach for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    No. 3 Virginia Dominates 2nd Half to Beat No. 12 UNC 75-64

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and No. 3 Virginia’s defense locked down in the second half to beat No. 12 North Carolina... Read more

  • Kentucky's Devin Booker, right, shoots over Alabama's Riley Norris during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    No. 1 Kentucky Now the Only Unbeaten Team, Tops Alabama

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  • Virginia's London Perrantes (32) walks away as Duke players celebrate a 3-pointer near the end of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Duke won 69-63. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

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  • Iowa State guard Monte Morris, center, drives to the basket between Texas defenders Myles Turner, left, and Connor Lammert, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    No. 15 Iowa State Holds Off No. 19 Texas 89-86

    AMES, Iowa— Georges Niang scored 19 points, Bryce Dejean-Jones had 18 and 15th-ranked Iowa State held off No. 19 Texas 89-86 on Monday night. Jameel... Read more

  • Kentucky guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Kentucky won 70-48. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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  • Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils walks off the court after the win over the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden on January 25, 2015 in New York City.Duke defeated St. John's 77-68.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski recorded his 1,000th win. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    Coach K Gets 1,000th Win as No. 5 Duke Tops St. John’s 77-68

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  • Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball, talks about events that are scheduled around the NCAA men's Final Four basketball tournament to be held in Indianapolis in April, during a press conference in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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  • Pittsburgh's Chris Jones, left, looks to make a pass under pressure from Duke's Tyus Jones, right, as Pittsburgh's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo (15) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier)

    Coach K Claims 999th Win, No. 5 Duke Beats Pitt 79-65

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