NCAA Basketball Rankings, Week 13: Power 32

    Week 13 NCAA basketball rankings for the 2015-16 season. The entire AP Top 25 was put through the ringer in an up-and-down week.

    February 1, 2016

    Week 13 NCAA basketball rankings for the 2015-16 season. Oklahoma is back on top. 

    Just how great was the Big 12-SEC Challenge? It provided some exciting non-conference action in the end of January that fans aren’t used to seeing too often.

    Despite LSU being unranked, the matchup with Oklahoma was probably the most anticipated game thanks to superstars Ben Simmons and Buddy Hield. Isaiah Cousins’ jumper in the last few seconds gave the win to Oklahoma. Hield and Simmons combined for 46 points, and both proved why they’re two of the best players in the country.

    Duke wasn’t exactly climbing the charts, but it’s been a while since the Blue Devils were this irrelevant in February. And the same goes for Kentucky. Two of the nation’s premiere programs keep slipping down the Power 32.

    Let’s take a look at how the power rankings shape out this week.

    Power 32 NCAA Basketball Rankings

    1. Oklahoma (18-2), RPI: .6864

    The Sooners absolutely dominated Texas Tech, 91-67, but that wasn’t a shocking outcome. What was slightly surprising was how closely LSU played Oklahoma. The Sooners survived thanks to an Isaiah Cousins jumper. Cousins and Buddy Hield are a top-notch duo capable of taking Oklahoma very far.

    2. North Carolina (19-2), RPI: .6572

    A lot of people thought North Carolina should have been the No. 1 team in the nation last week, but things didn’t shake out that way. The Tar Heels picked up a solid, 89-62 win over Boston College, and Brice Johnson continued to play at a high level with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

    3. Kansas (17-4), RPI: .6640

    The Kansas Jayhawks surprisingly fell to Iowa State last week, 85-72, but they followed that up with a top-25 win over Kentucky, 90-84. The Jayhawks’ experienced roster is their biggest strength.

    4. Iowa (16-5), RPI: .6514

    Iowa went 1-for-2 this past week, dropping a close one to Iowa and then handling Northwestern. Jarrod Uthoff is one of the best players in the nation, and he’s going to be a big factor moving forward — just as he’s been all season long.

    5. Villanova (18-3), RPI: .6727

    The Wildcats got a lot of help from Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart in their 68-53 win over the St. John’s Red Storm. The two of them have played a good brand of basketball, and Villanova is a tough team to beat because of them.

    6. Maryland (19-3), RPI: .6519

    We all know the Terrapins’ backcourt is supremely talented, and last week resulted in two more wins for Maryland. The first came against Iowa, 74-68, and the second was over Ohio State, 66-61.

    7. Xavier (19-2), RPI: .6615

    The Musketeers had a bit of a challenge this past week with two road games scheduled. Xavier picked up the 75-68 win against Providence and then beat DePaul, 86-65.

    8. Michigan State (18-4), RPI: .6214

    After a tough stretch, the Spartans seem to be back on track. A 76-45 road win over Northwestern was followed up by a 96-62 win against Rutgers. Overall, it was a solid week for Michigan State.

    9. Virginia (17-4), RPI: .6565

    The Cavaliers narrowly beat Wake Forest on the road, 72-71, which opened a few eyes, but a win is a win. Virginia stayed on the road and knocked off Louisville, 63-47, which is much more indicative of the level of play the Cavaliers are used to displaying.

    10. Texas A&M (18-3), RPI: .6421

    Being the visiting team is never easy, but not many expected Arkansas to hang that long with then No. 5-ranked Texas A&M. And no one really anticipated the Razorbacks beating the Aggies, 74-71. But Texas A&M took down Iowa State, 72-62, and that’s why it remained in the top 10.

    11. Iowa State (16-5), RPI: .6485
    12. West Virginia (17-4), RPI: .6306

    13. Providence (18-4), RPI: .6161
    14. SMU (19-1), RPI: .6552
    15. Baylor (17-4), RPI: .6263
    16. Louisville (17-4), RPI: .6161
    17. Miami (FL) (16-4), RPI: .6256
    18. Purdue (19-4), RPI: .6123
    19. Arizona (17-5), RPI: .5976
    20. Wichita St (16-5), RPI: .5836
    21. Indiana (18-4), RPI: .5862
    22. Oregon (18-4), RPI: .6649
    23. Dayton (18-3), RPI: .6375
    24. Kentucky (16-5), RPI: .6233
    25. South Carolina (19-2), RPI: .6078

    26. Gonzaga (17-5), RPI: .5671
    27. Duke (15-6), RPI: .6109
    28. UCLA (13-9), RPI: .5753
    29. USC (17-5), RPI: .6204
    30. Notre Dame (15-6), RPI: .5974

    31. Clemson (13-8), RPI: .5588
    32. Pitt (17-4), RPI: .6019

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