Duke and Gonzaga Inch Closer to Tennessee: Week 15 Rankings

Duke ended the Week with a big win at Virginia, arguably the best win of any team all season. However, With Gonzaga already ahead of them in my current rankings I felt Gonzaga still deserved to stay with their head to head victory over Duke and completely blowing out San Francisco and Saint Mary’s (the next best teams in the WCC) by an average of 40 points. Tennessee continues to roll and has yet to be truley challenged, but even when they are playing porely they find a way to win so they remain my current #1 but will be tested this week as Duke and Gonzaga are getting closer and closer to taking over that top spot.

1. Tennessee

Record: 22-1 Previous: 1 Last 10 Games: 10-0
Last Week: W 72-60 vs. Missouri W 73-61 vs. Florida
Quality Wins: Louisville, Gonzaga, @FloridaLosses: Kansas
Upcoming: 2/13 vs. South Carolina 2/16 @ Kentucky

2. Gonzaga

Record: 23-2 Previous: 2 Last 10 Games: 10-0
Last Week: W 92-62 vs. San Francisco W 94-46 vs. Saint Mary’s
Quality Wins: Duke, @Creighton, @San FranciscoLosses: Tennessee, @North Carolina
Upcoming: 2/14 @ Loyola Marymount 2/16 @ San Diego

3. Duke 

Record: 21-2 Previous: 3 Last 10 Games: 9-1
Last Week: W 80-55 vs. Boston College W 81-71 @ Virginia
Quality Wins: Kentucky, Auburn, Texas Tech, @Florida State, Virginia, @VirginiaLosses: Gonzaga, Syracuse
Upcoming: 2/12 @ Louisville 2/16 vs. NC State

4. Virginia

Record: 20-2 Previous: 4 Last 10 Games: 8-2
Last Week: L 71-81 vs. Duke
Quality Wins: Wisconsin, @Maryland, Florida State, @Clemson, Virginia Tech, @NC StateLosses: @Duke, Duke
Upcoming: 2/11 @ North Carolina 2/16 vs. Notre Dame

5. Kentucky

Record: 20-3 Previous: 5 Last 10 Games: 10-0
Last Week: W 76-48 vs. South Carolina W 71-67 @ Mississippi State
Quality Wins: North Carolina, @Louisville, @Auburn, Mississippi State, Kansas, @Florida, @ Mississippi StateLosses: Duke, Seton Hall, @Alabama
Upcoming: 2/12 vs. LSU 2/16 vs. Tennessee

6. Nevada 

Record: 21-1 Previous: 6 Last 10 Games: 9-1
Last Week: W 98-82 @ Colorado State W 91-62 vs. New Mexico
Quality Wins: NoneLosses: @New Mexico
Upcoming: 2/16 @ Wyoming

7. Michigan 

Record: 22-2 Previous: 7 Last 10 Games: 8-2
Last Week: W 77-65 @ Rutgers W 61-52 vs. Wisconsin
Quality Wins: @Villanova, North Carolina, Purdue, @Northwestern, @Indiana, WisconsinLosses: @Wisconsin, @Iowa
Upcoming: 2/12 @ Penn State 2/16 vs. Maryland

8. North Carolina 

Record: 19-4 Previous: 10 Last 10 Games: 10-0
Last Week: W 113-96 vs. NC State W 88-85 vs. Miami
Quality Wins: @Wofford, Gonzaga, @NC State, Virginia Tech, @LouisvilleLosses: Texas, @Michigan, Kentucky, Louisville
Upcoming: 2/11 vs. Virginia 2/16 @ Wake Forest

9. Houston

Record: 23-1 Previous: 12 Last 10 Games: 9-1
Last Week: W 77-68 @ UCF W 65-58 vs. Cincinnati
Quality Wins: LSU, @UCF, CincinnatiLosses: @Temple
Upcoming: 2/14 @ UConn 2/17 @ Tulane

10. Marquette 

Record: 20-4 Previous: 9 Last 10 Games: 9-1
Last Week: L 69-70 vs. St. John’s W 66-65 vs. Villanova
Quality Wins: Louisville, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Buffalo, @Creighton, @Butler, VillanovaLosses: @Indiana, Kansas, @St. John’s, St. JOhn’s
Upcoming: 2/12 @ DePaul

11. Michigan State

Record: 19-5 Previous: 8 Last 10 Games: 7-3
Last Week: L 74-79 @ Illinois W 79-55 vs. Minnesota
Quality Wins: Texas, Iowa, @Florida, @Ohio State, Purdue, @Penn State, @Nebraska, Maryland, @IowaLosses: Kansas, @Louisville, @Purdue, Indiana, @Illinois
Upcoming: 2/12 @ Wisconsin 2/17 vs. Ohio State

12. Villanova 

Record: 19-5 Previous: 13 Last 10 Games: 9-1
Last Week: W 66-59 vs. Creighton L 65-66 @ Marquette
Quality Wins: Florida State, @Butler, @CreightonLosses: Michigan, Furman, @Penn, @Kansas, @ Marquette
Upcoming: 2/13 vs. Providence 2/17 @ St. John’s

13. Kansas

Record: 18-6 Previous: 11 Last 10 Games: 6-4
Last Week: L 67-74 @ Kansas State W 84-72 vs. Oklahoma State
Quality Wins: Michigan State, Marquette, Tennessee, Wofford, Villanova, @Baylor, Texas, Iowa State, Texas TechLosses: @Arizona State, @Iowa State, @West Virginia, @Kentucky, @Texas, @Kansas State
Upcoming: 2/11 @ TCU 2/16 vs. West Virginia

14. Purdue

Record: 18-6 Previous: 16 Last 10 Games: 9-1
Last Week: W 81-62 vs. Nebraska
Quality Wins: Maryland, Iowa, @Wisconsin, @Ohio State, Michigan State, @Penn StateLosses: Virginia Tech, @Florida State, @Michigan, @Texas, Notre Dame, @Michigan State
Upcoming: 2/12 @ Maryland 2/16 vs. Penn State

15. Louisville

Record: 17-7 Previous: 15 Last 10 Games: 7-3
Last Week: W 72-64 @ Virginia Tech L 75-80 @ Florida State
Quality Wins: Michigan State, @Seton Hall, @North Carolina, @Virginia TechLosses: Tennessee, Marquette, @Indiana, Kentucky, @Pittsburgh, North Carolina, @Florida State
Upcoming: 2/12 vs. Duke 2/16 vs. Clemson

16. Texas Tech  

Record: 19-5 Previous: 18 Last 10 Games: 6-4
Last Week: W 81-50 vs. West Virginia W 66-54 @ Oklahoma
Quality Wins: Nebraska, Kansas State, @Texas, @OklahomaLosses: Duke, Iowa State, @Baylor, @Kansas State, @Kansas
Upcoming: 2/13 @ Oklahoma State 2/16 vs. Baylor

17. LSU 

Record: 19-4 Previous: 19 Last 10 Games: 9-1
Last Week: W 92-88 @ Mississippi State W 83-78 vs. Auburn
Quality Wins: Saint Mary’s, @Arkansas, @Ole Miss, @ Mississippi State, AuburnLosses: Florida State, Oklahoma State, @Houston, Arkansas
Upcoming: 2/12 @ Kentucky 2/16 @ Georgia

18. Wisconsin

Record: 17-7 Previous: 20 Last 10 Games: 7-3
Last Week: W 56-51 @ Minnesota L 52-61 @ Michigan
Quality Wins: Oklahoma, @Iowa, @Penn State, Michigan, @Nebraska, Maryland, @MinnesotaLosses: Virginia, @Marquette, @Western Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, @Maryland, @Michigan
Upcoming: 2/12 vs. Michigan State

19. Iowa State

Record: 18-6 Previous: 17 Last 10 Games: 6-4
Last Week: W 75-74 @ Oklahoma L 83-92 vs. TCU
Quality Wins: Kansas, @Texas Tech, @Ole Miss, Texas, @OklahomaLosses: Arizona, @Iowa, @Baylor, Kansas State, @Kansas, TCU
Upcoming: 2/16 @ Kansas State

20. Maryland

Record: 18-6 Previous: 21 Last 10 Games: 7-3
Last Week: W 60-45 @ Nebraska
Quality Wins: @Minnesota, Wisconsin, @Ohio State, @ NebraskaLosses: Virginia, @Purdue, Seton Hall, @Michigan State, Illinois, @Wisconsin
Upcoming: 2/12 vs. Purdue 2/16 @ Michigan

21. Iowa

Record: 19-5 Previous: 22 Last 10 Games: 8-2
Last Week: W 77-72 @ Indiana W 80-79 vs. Northwestern
Quality Wins: Iowa State, @Penn State, Michigan, @IndianaLosses: Wisconsin, @Michigan State, @Purdue, Michigan State, @Minnesota
Upcoming: 2/16 @ Rutgers

22. Florida State

Record: 18-5 Previous: 23 Last 10 Games: 6-4
Last Week: W 80-62 @ Syracuse W 80-75 vs. Louisville
Quality Wins: LSU, Purdue, @Syracuse, LouisvilleLosses: Villanova, @ Virginia, Duke, @Pittsburgh, @Boston College
Upcoming: 2/13 vs. Wake Forest 2/16 @ Georgia Tech

23. Kansas State 

Record: 18-5 Previous: NR Last 10 Games: 8-2
Last Week: W 74-67 vs. Kansas W 70-63 @ Baylor
Quality Wins: @Iowa State,@Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas, @BaylorLosses: @Marquette, @Tulsa, Texas, @Texas Tech, @Texas A&M
Upcoming: 2/12 @ Texas 2/16 vs. Iowa State

24. Buffalo 

Record: 20-3 Previous: NR Last 10 Games: 8-2
Last Week: W 90-76 vs. Central Michigan
Quality Wins: San Francisco, @SyracuseLosses:@Marquette, @Northern Illinois, @Bowling Green
Upcoming: 2/12 @ Akron 2/15 @ Toledo

25. Virginia Tech

Record: 18-5 Previous: 14 Last 10 Games: 6-4
Last Week: L 64-72 vs. Louisville L 51-59 @ Clemson
Quality Wins: Purdue, Washington, @ NC StateLosses: Penn State, @Virginia, @North Carolina, Louisville, @Clemson
Upcoming: 2/13 vs. Georgia Tech 2/16 @ Pittsburgh

Dropped from the rankings: Syracuse, Baylor

New to the rankings: Kansas State, Buffalo

Quality wins are based on KenPom rankings. Home wins over top 30 opponents, neutral wins over top 50 opponents and road wins over top 70 opponents.

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