The Epoch Times College Basketball Power Rankings

January 16, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Syracuse v Villanova
Syracuse has made quite a run with teams like Villanova (8-10) and Pittsburgh (11-7) having down years. (Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

10. North Carolina (15-3)—Carolina’s shocking 90–57 loss to Florida State Saturday is quite a blow to a supposed title contender and leaves many of us dumbfounded in trying to figure them out. This week: at Virginia Tech (Thursday). Previous: 4

9. Indiana (15-3)—Hoosiers showed their age last week in home loss to Minnesota (77–74) and then being ripped 80–63 by Ohio State Sunday. This week: at Nebraska (Wednesday), versus Penn State (Sunday). Previous: 6

8. Kansas (14-3)—Jayhawks keep rolling toward their eighth straight conference title with 4-0 start but have big test Monday night against the co-leaders of Big 12. This week: versus Baylor (Monday), at Texas (Saturday). Previous: 10

7. Michigan State (15-3)—Co-leaders of Big Ten took a surprising step back with 81–74 loss at Northwestern Saturday to snap a 15-game winning streak. This week: at Michigan (Tuesday), versus Purdue (Saturday). Previous: 7

6. Duke (15-2)—Blue Devils a hard team to figure as former Maui Champs escaped with three close wins following a loss to Temple. This week: versus Wake Forest (Thursday), versus Florida State (State). Previous: 9

5. Missouri (16-1)—Tigers bounced back strong with a pair of wins last week following their first loss and have a big opportunity this Saturday in Waco, Texas. This week: versus Texas A&M (Monday), at Baylor (Saturday). Previous: 8

4. Ohio State (16-3)—Buckeyes followed up Tuesday’s loss at Illinois (79–74) with an impressive blowout win over Indiana that was never really close. This week: at Nebraska (Saturday). Previous: 5

3. Baylor (17-0)—Bears passed big test in escaping with 75–73 win at Kansas State, but have an even bigger test this Monday. This week: at Kansas (Monday), versus Missouri (Saturday). Previous: 3

2. Kentucky (17-1)—Freshman sensation center Anthony Davis has averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 blocks, and 8.0 rebounds through three conference games (3-0) thus far. This week: versus Arkansas (Tuesday), versus Alabama (Saturday) Previous: 2

1. Syracuse (19-0)—Orangemen are taking advantage of a rare watered-down Big East conference schedule and won’t play a ranked team until February. This week: versus Pittsburgh (Monday), at Notre Dame (Saturday) Previous: 1