|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABAfter two conference wins this past week at Illinois and Indiana, the Ohio St. Buckeyes reclaimed the top spot in the nation by splitting the 31 possible votes with the Kansas Jayhawks.
The change occurring after Duke's upset loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday night. After starting the season 24 -0, the Buckeyes fell off the top spot with their first loss at Wisconsin; However, the Buckeyes have spent 15 weeks this season inside the top three in the country. They have undoubtedly one of the most consistent of the elites and will more than likely receive a number one sewed in the tournament.
Kansas slipped into the number two spot in the country. The Jayhawks are currently entrenched in a conference battle with Texas, who fell three spots to number eight this week. The Cougars of BYU continued to impress and rose to the three position with a big conference win over San Diego State this past Saturday. Duke fell from first to fourth and Pittsburgh, despite a loss to Louisville, actually rose to the five spot.
Two Indiana schools, Purdue and Notre Dame continue their impressive march through their respective seasons. Purdue, despite being without the services of preseason All-American candidate Robbie Hummel, continues to win tough conference games in what is arguably the second best conference in the country. Both E'twan Moore and Jujuan Johnson continue to be dominant night in and night out. The Irish are an offensive juggernaut, who are dominated by experienced leaders who know what it takes to win.
Texas, San Diego State, and Wisconsin round out the top ten in the country this week. Wisconsin continues to battle inside the Big Ten Conference, a conference that has put three teams in the top ten this week. With most conferences finishing up their regular season games this week, it will be interesting to see what develops out of the conference tournaments.