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NCAAB Power Rankings: March 14

For another week nothing has changed at the top of the college basketball Power Rankings, as the Texas Longhorns continue to hold off their Big 12 rivals from Kansas for the top spot.

Even beating Texas in the Big 12 Tournament final wasn't enough to get Kansas to No. 1 in the computerized poll. The Longhorns won three in a row both SU and ATS before their loss to Kansas in the final, and that run plus their peripherals continues to give them a big enough boost to hold onto the No. 1 spot  again.

But as you look at March Madness seedings and matchups, one team stands out as a top upset play - Utah State, currently No. 11 in our survey, is a No. 12 seed against Kansas State.

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One reason Kansas continues to languish at No. 2 is their recent bad run ATS. The Jayhawks were 1-2 ATS in the Big 12 Tournament, which included their near-loss to Oklahoma State in their tournament opener.

Overall the Jayhawks are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six, and even though there's no way they'll lose to Boston in their tournament opener later this week bettors may want to go against the 22.5-point spread.

The rest of the Top 5 remains the same this week with Pittsburgh at No. 3, Kentucky at No. 4, and Duke at No. 5. The Panthers were the only one from that trio that did not win their conference tournament, and Pittsburgh didn't even win a single tournament game after dropping their opener to eventual tourney champ Connecticut.

The Panthers are a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance, but after losing three of their last six games they could be a solid upset pick down the road in the tourney.

The biggest gainer in this week's Power Rankings was Louisville, who entered the Top 10 at No. 9, up from 15 a week ago. The Cardinals made it all the way to the Big East Conference final before falling to Kemba Walker and red-hot Connecticut. Before their loss to UConn the Cardinals had won seven in a row ATS and could be ones to watch in the tournament.

While Louisville shot up the rankings six spots Kansas State tumbled six spots to become this week's biggest loser. The Wildcats didn't get very far in the Big 12 Tournament, falling in their opening game to Colorado as a 7.5-point favorite. Despite their plummet in the rankings and quick exit from the conference tourney the Wildcats shouldn't be taken lightly in the Big Dance with the always-dangerous Jacob Pullen leading the way.

SchoolRankPowerRankScheduleAdjustedPower
Texas13332.920.591951.76
Kansas23158.730.591870.28
Pittsburgh33226.080.571828.54
Kentucky43065.500.591804.97
Duke53221.960.561792.05
San Diego State63119.770.571765.79
Florida72805.800.611714.90
North Carolina82900.030.581689.27
Louisville92837.400.591666.69
BYU102827.870.591656.56
Utah State113150.180.521644.08
Syracuse122943.640.561638.43
Connecticut132772.700.591630.07
West Virginia142589.910.631627.50
Vanderbilt152745.440.591618.44
Purdue162820.880.571616.93
UNLV172785.490.571580.76
Florida State182929.100.531556.23
Villanova192735.770.561542.15
Ohio State202732.030.561540.59
Maryland212818.680.551537.59
Wichita State222841.430.541537.21
Kansas State232516.770.611530.95
Gonzaga242807.230.541524.61
George Mason252869.030.531522.31

 

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