The Epoch Times College Basketball Power Rankings

February 20, 2012 Updated: March 14, 2012
Center Fab Melo (dunking) has been a major force for Syracuse this season, leading the team in blocks (3.0) and rebounds (5.5). (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Center Fab Melo (dunking) has been a major force for Syracuse this season, leading the team in blocks (3.0) and rebounds (5.5). (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

10. Georgetown (20-5)—Hoyas rank 123rd in the country in scoring at 70.3 points per game, but their defense has held conference opponents below 60 points six times this season. This week: at Seton Hall (Tuesday), versus Villanova (Saturday). Previous: 10

8. (tie) Ohio State (22-5)—With losses the past two Saturdays to Michigan (56–51) and Michigan State (58–48) the Buckeyes have fallen out of first but can climb back up if they win their four remaining games. This week: versus Illinois (Tuesday), versus Wisconsin (Sunday). Previous: 6

8. (tie) Marquette (22-5)—Golden Eagles continue to soar under the radar having won 10 of their last 11 games to put them in second-place in the 16-team Big East at 11-3. This week: versus Rutgers (Wednesday), at West Virginia (Friday). Previous: 10

7. North Carolina (23-4)—Tar Heels have responded with three straight wins following heart-breaking loss to Duke and remain tied (10-2) at the top of the ACC. This week: at North Carolina State (Tuesday), at Virginia (Saturday). Previous: 7

 

Probably defensive player of the year Anthony Davis (L) is also Kentucky's leading scorer. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Probably defensive player of the year Anthony Davis (L) is also Kentucky's leading scorer. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

6. Michigan State (22-5)—Big Ten-leading Spartans have won five straight games while their three conference losses (11-3 in the Big Ten) have been by an average of just three points. This week: at Minnesota (Wednesday), versus Nebraska (Saturday). Previous: 8

5. Duke (23-4)—After a five-game conference stretch in late January/early February where the Blue Devils lost two home game (versus Florida State and Miami), Duke has rebounded with four straight wins. This week: at Florida State (Thursday), versus Virginia Tech (Saturday). Previous: 5

4. Kansas (22-5)—Kansas starting center Jeff Withey scored zero points against arch-rival Missouri earlier this month, but has averaged 17.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 5.8 blocks in four games since then. This week: at Texas A&M (Wednesday), versus Missouri (Saturday). Previous: 4

3. Missouri (25-2)—Tigers avenged one conference loss last week (Oklahoma State) and have a chance at the other one Tuesday, but Saturday’s contest will determine Big 12 Championship. This week: versus Kansas State (Tuesday), at Kansas (Saturday). Previous: 3

2. Syracuse (27-1)—With the win over Rutgers Sunday, the Orangemen have now won seven straight and are 25-0 with center Fab Melo this season. This week: versus South Florida (Wednesday), at Connecticut (Saturday). Previous: 2

1. Kentucky (26-1)—Freshman center sensation Anthony Davis has averaged 16.2 points over his last six games and now leads the team is scoring (13.9), rebounding (9.7), and blocks (4.9). This week: at Mississippi State (Tuesday), versus Vanderbilt (Saturday). Previous: 1