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ESPN college basketball power rankings: Week 13

With the college basketball season ready to head into the month of February, the race for the national championship is getting that much tighter. We’re starting to see not only specific players, but teams begin to separate themselves from the pack.

Yes, the season is quickly coming toward the ultimate ending of March Madness, and the ESPN team of college basketball experts have tallied their votes and released their complete power rankings for Week 13.

 

1
ArizonaArizona
20-0

Last Week: 1

249 Arizona kicked it into another gear to beat a Utah team that would not go away on Sunday. The key to the win? Nick Johnson’s 11 second-half points.
2

Last Week: 2

241 Like Arizona, Syracuse also always seems to find a way to finish games late. The Orange showed it against Miami when they made eight straight free throws in the final minute.
3
FloridaFlorida
17-2

2
Last Week: 5

221 The Gators were not tested by Tennessee as they won big on Saturday. Florida is finally healthy and could get better if Chris Walker is declared eligible.
4

Last Week: 4

217 The Shockers continue to roll on through the Missouri Valley Conference as the prospect of an undefeated regular season is starting to look increasingly more likely.
5
KansasKansas
15-4

1
Last Week: 6

203 Andrew Wiggins finally answered his critics when he put up 27 points in a rout of TCU. Kansas has a tough week ahead as it hosts Iowa State and travels to Texas.
6

1
Last Week: 7

201 The Aztecs got their toughest conference road trip out of the way and escaped with an overtime win at Utah State. Xavier Thames had 10 of his 31 in the extra period.
7

4
Last Week: 3

184 The Spartans battled but fell to Michigan without injured big men Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. Tom Izzo’s team hasn’t exactly been at full strength yet this year.
8

11
Last Week: 19

169 Knocking off three top-10 teams in the course of eight days is impressive. Beating two — Wisconsin and Michigan State — on the road earned our voters’ respect.
9

2
Last Week: 11

152 Creighton ran over the Wildcats, but they didn’t allow it to get them down. They’ve since beat Marquette and Georgetown on the road.
10

3
Last Week: 13

136 The Wildcats had a confidence-building week when they beat Texas A&M and Georgia by a combined 42 points. They also rank 19th in field goal percentage defense.
11
DukeDuke
17-4

9
Last Week: 20

130 The Blue Devils have improved in so many ways. They’re defending better, rebounding better and, against Pitt, Andre Dawkins emerged as another scoring option.
11
IowaIowa
16-4

3
Last Week: 8

130 The most remarkable part of Iowa’s season is the fact that coach Fran McCaffery keeps everyone happy. The Hawkeyes have 11 players averaging 10 or more minutes.
13

1
Last Week: 12

129 The Bearcats were nearly beaten at Temple on Sunday, but got by thanks to Sean Kilpatrick’s season high of 29 points, which included some clutch free throws.
14

1
Last Week: 15

122 There’s much more to Creighton than Doug McDermott. The Bluejays take better care of the ball than any other team with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.85.
15

1
Last Week: 14

116 Since losing to Memphis, the Cardinals have won four straight, one of which was a 39-point win over South Florida. Their matchup with Cincinnati should be telling.
16

7
Last Week: 9

105 The Badgers quit their losing ways by securing a win at Purdue thanks to 31 combined points from Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker.
17

7
Last Week: 10

88 The Cowboys beat West Virginia, but you wouldn’t know it by Marcus Smart’s chair kicking. They weren’t so lucky against Oklahoma, despite 22 points from Smart.
18

1
Last Week: 17

76 The Billikens are undefeated in A-10 play and haven’t lost since they fell to Wichita State on Dec. 1. They’re stingy on defense, allowing just 58 points per game.
18

3
Last Week: 21

76 The Cyclones are just .500 in Big 12 play and have a murderous stretch ahead, beginning with Kansas on Wednesday. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State follow.
20

3
Last Week: 23

74 Cameron Clark and Buddy Hield have scored for the Sooners, but Ryan Spangler is starting to step up. He had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the win over Oklahoma State.
21
MemphisMemphis
15-4

2
Last Week: 23

48 The Tigers faced three American powers (Cincinnati, Louisville and UConn) in a two-week span and emerged 1-2. They won’t see any of those teams again until February 15.
22

4
Last Week: 18

46 Duke held Lamar Patterson to 4-for-14 shooting. Talib Zanna was the next leading scorer (11 points) but did most of his damage at the foul line.
23

7
Last Week: 16

44 Massachusetts didn’t reach the 60s in its loss to Richmond. The Minutemen put up 90 points — 18 of which belonged to Chaz Williams — in a win over Fordham.
24
TexasTexas
16-4

2
Last Week: NR

34 Texas was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12′s preseason poll, but don’t tell the Longhorns. They’ve won three straight against ranked teams.
25

1
Last Week: NR

20 Joe Harris’ meeting with coach Tony Bennett after the Cavs blowout loss to Tennessee worked. They’ve won six of their last seven and continue to play stifling defense.

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