Monday, January 20, 2014

Top Twenty & Predictions (1/20)

TOP TWENTY 

1 Oklahoma St. 34.17 -
2 Arizona 33.64 -
3 Louisville 33.60 -
4 Iowa 32.79 (+1)
5 Villanova 32.38 (+4)
6 Ohio St. 32.19 -
7 Duke 32.17 (+4)
8 Kentucky 32.11 -
9 Kansas 31.87 (+7)
10 Creighton 31.86 (-3)
11 Iowa St. 31.84 (-7)
12 Michigan St. 31.66 (+2)
13 Michigan 31.61 (+5)
14 Syracuse 31.49 (-2)
15 UCLA 31.43 -
16 Wisconsin 31.23 (-6)
17 Arkansas 31.16 (-4)
18 Pittsburgh 31.11 (-1)
19 Florida 30.80 (+2)
20 Cincinnati 30.79 (-1)

A lot of movement in the Top Twenty this week.  Kansas vaults upwards 7 places after beating #8 ISU and #9 OKSt.  Likewise Michigan, with a big win over #3 Wisconsin and a string of solid victories since losing by only 2 to #1 Arizona.  Villanova has been quietly creeping up the Top Twenty with solid wins against lesser opponents.  The big losers of the week were ISU (losers of their last three games) and Wisconsin (losers of their last two).


PREDICTIONS

#24 Baylor @ #6 Kansas:  Kansas +12

Baylor is #41 in the PM's rankings. 
#22 Kansas State @ Texas:  Texas +2

Texas can follow up the nice win over ISU with a win over KSU and maybe climb into the AP rankings.  (Although they have a tough test @Baylor later in the week.)
#9 Wisconsin @ Minnesota: Minnesota +1

Pitino's Gophers have played 4 ranked opponents in a row.  This would be a good win if they can manage it.
#10 Iowa @ #21 Michigan: Michigan +4

The PM has these teams pretty closely matched; Michigan gets the home court advantage.
Colorado @ #1 Arizona:  Arizona +12

It's obligatory to include this game, but Colorado doesn't have much hope.
#21 Michigan @ #3 MSU: MSU +3.5

A surprisingly close prediction on this game.  If Michigan manages to win both games this week, they're going to solidify as one of the best teams in the country.
#22 Kansas State @ #16 Iowa State:  Iowa State +9

Iowa State gets a chance to right their sinking ship.
TOSS-UP OF THE WEEK:  Oregon St. @ Washington
BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK:  Maine @ Stony Brook (+23.5)
UPSET ALERT OF THE WEEK:  Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma

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