The College basketball conference schedule is in full swing, and we are showcasing our inaugural rankings for the season. The past two weekends have seen a lot of upheaval around the nation. Between the highly ranked teams getting upset, and numerous buzzer beaters, the final month of the season is setting up to be monumental. Here is "William's Power Poll" top 10 teams as of January 28, 2013.
1. Michigan (18-1): Their offense scores at every level, and all positions. Trey Burke is the best point guard in the game right now, and he controls the tempo like a seasoned veteran. Michigan finished the weekend by ousting Illinois (74-60) on Sunday evening. They downed Purdue by 15 earlier in the week. Their only loss was to Ohio State.
2. Florida Gators (16-2): The Gators are dominating the downtrodden SEC conference. They control the game defensively. Last week, they gave up 47 points in both games.
3. Kansas (18-1): The Jayhawks have won 17 games in a row. Once again, Kansas is rolling through the Big 12. They are primed to make another final four run.
4. Indiana (18-2): The Hoosiers won a hotly contested matchup against Michigan State. Their balance and speed offensively gives defenses problems. Indiana leads the nation in scoring.
5. Miami (15-3): Two dominating victories at home including a win over the number one ranked Duke Blue Devils. The Hurricanes lead the ACC, but they are on the road this week for two games. Miami has some questionable losses, but their team wasn’t at full strength. They now have a target on their back.
6. Duke (17-2): The Blue Devils bounced back from a humiliating loss at Miami. They have two more road games this week, but Duke should win both of the games this weekend. The loss of Ryan Kelly looms large for their title aspirations.
7. Butler (17-3) The Bulldogs got Rotnei Clark back just in time. He dropped 24 points in his return against Temple.
8. Syracuse (18-2): Syracuse gave away the game against Villanova. The overtime loss would have been averted if they would have continued to play. The stalling tactic repeatedly lets teams back into the game. Their next game is Saturday at Pittsburgh.
9. Arizona (17-2): The Wildcats couldn’t overcome the slow start against UCLA. They bounced back with a nice victory over USC.
10. Gonzaga (19-2): The last second loss to Butler didn’t affect the Bulldogs in WCC play. They trounced BYU and took out San Francisco at home. They are on the road for two games this week.
The best of the rest
Michigan State (17-4)
Wichita State (19-2)
North Carolina State (16-4)
Ohio State (15-4)
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