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January 24, 2011
The List
Big 12 Shakeup

by John Perrotto

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Ohio State stays atop The List for the second week in a row as the Buckeyes beat Iowa and Illinois last week to stay perfect at 20-0. They face a major test Tuesday night when No. 10 Purdue (17-3) visits Columbus.

Joining Ohio State in the top five are Pittsburgh (19-1), Duke (18-1), Kansas (18-1) and Brigham Young (19-1), which has a showdown on Wednesday night when it hosts No. 6 San Diego State (20-0).

Texas makes the biggest jump this week, moving up seven spots to No. 7 following victories over a pair of ranked teams in Texas A&M and Kansas. The biggest fallers are No. 19 West Virginia and No. 20 Saint Mary's, down seven places each. West Virginia lost to Marshall and Saint Mary's was beaten by Vanderbilt. Missouri, Cincinnati and Illinois join The List while Michigan State, Nevada-Las Vegas and Louisville drop off.

Unlike The Associated Press' media poll and USA Today/ESPN's coaches (i.e. sports information directors) poll, we take into account subjective data to present our weekly Top 25, a cross section of Ken Pomeroy's Pomeroy Ratings at kenpom.com, the Jeff Sagarin ratings for USA Today at usatoday.com, Team Rankings at teamrankings.com, Kyle Whelliston's State of Basketball rankings at basketballstate.com and the Ratings Percentage Index, more commonly known as the RPI, which can be found at various sources. We also project the 68 teams most deserving of being in the NCAA Tournament.

1.Ohio State (20-0)
Previous Ranking: 1
Last week: Defeated Iowa 70-48 and Illinois 73-68
This week: No. 10 Purdue on Tuesday, at Northwestern on Saturday
Information: The Buckeyes are first in the nation with a 19.9 defensive free throw attempts/field goal ratio.

2.Pittsburgh (19-1)
Previous Ranking: 4
Last week: Defeated No. 3 Syracuse 74-66 and DePaul 80-50
This week: No. 18 Notre Dame on Monday, at Rutgers on Saturday
Information: The Panthers are first in the nation with a 123.6 adjusted offensive efficiency rating.

3.Duke (18-1)
Previous Ranking: 5
Last week: Defeated North Carolina State 92-78 and Wake Forest 83-59
This week: Boston College on Thursday, at St. John's on Sunday
Information: The Blue Devils are sixth in the nation with an 85.6 adjusted defensive efficiency rating.

4.Kansas (18-1)
Previous Ranking: 2
Last week: Defeated Baylor 85-65, lost to No. 14 Texas 74-63
This week: at Colorado on Tuesday, Kansas State on Saturday
Information: The Jayhawks are first in the nation with an 83.8 adjusted defensive efficiency rating.

5.Brigham Young (19-1)
Previous Ranking: 7
Last week: Defeated Texas Christian 83-67 and Colorado State 94-85
This week: No. 6 San Diego State on Wednesday, at New Mexico on Saturday
Information: The Cougars are third in the nation with a 14.7 offensive turnover percentage.

6.San Diego State (20-0)
Previous Ranking: 6
Last week: Defeated Air Force 68-55
This week: at No 5 Brigham Young, Wyoming on Saturday
Information: The Aztecs are 20th in the nation with a 115.3 adjusted offensive efficiency rating.

7.Texas (16-3)
Previous Ranking: 14
Last week: Defeated No. 15 Texas A&M 81-60 and No. 2 Kansas 74-63
This week: at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, No. 21 Missouri on Saturday
Information: The Longhorns are first in the nation with an 84.1 adjusted defensive efficiency rating.

8.Villanova (17-2)
Previous Ranking: 10
Last week: Lost to No. 11 Connecticut 61-59, defeated No. 3 Syracuse 83-72
This week: at Providence on Wednesday, No. 16 Georgetown on Saturday
Information: The Wildcats are 12th in the nation with a 117.8 adjusted offensive efficiency rating.

9.Syracuse (18-2)
Previous Ranking: 3
Last week: Lost to No. 4 Pittsburgh 74-66 and No. 10 Villanova 83-72
This week: Seton Hall on Tuesday, at Marquette on Saturday
Information: The Orange are 17th in the nation with a 116.3 adjusted offensive efficiency.

10.Purdue (17-3)
Previous Ranking: 9
Last week: Defeated Penn State 63-62 and No. 21 Michigan State 86-76
This week: at No. 1 Ohio State on Tuesday, No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday
Information: The Boilermakers are eighth in the nation with a 16.3 offensive turnover percentage.

11.Kentucky (15-4)
Previous Ranking: 12
Last week: Lost to Alabama 68-66, defeated South Carolina 67-58
This week: Georgia on Saturday
Information: The Wildcats are fifth in the nation with a 42.2 effective field goal percentage defense.

12.Connecticut (16-2)
Previous Ranking: 11
Last week: Defeated No 10 Villanova 61-59 and Tennessee 72-61
This week: at Marquette on Tuesday, Louisville on Saturday
Information: The Huskies are sixth in the nation with a 41.2 offensive rebounding percentage.

13.Washington (15-4)
Previous Ranking: 16
Last week: Defeated Arizona 85-68 and Arizona State 88-75
This week: at Washington State on Sunday
Information: The Huskies are third in the nation with a 121.1 adjusted offensive efficiency.

14.Vanderbilt (14-4)
Previous Ranking: 20
Last week: Defeated Mississippi 84-74 and No. 13 Saint Mary's 89-70
This week: at Mississippi State on Thursday, Arkansas on Saturday
Information: The Commodores are eighth in the nation with a 26.3 free throw attempts/field goal attempts ratio.

15.Wisconsin (15-4)
Previous Ranking: 18
Last week: Defeated Indiana 69-60 and Northwestern 78-46
This week: at Penn State on Saturday
Information: The Badgers are first in the nation with a 13.5 offensive turnover percentage.

16.Georgetown (14-5)
Previous Ranking: 17
Last week: Defeated Seton Hall 80-75
This week: St. John's on Wednesday, at No. 8 Villanova on Saturday
Information: The Hoyas are second in the nation with a 57.2 effective field goal percentage.

17.Texas A&M (17-2)
Previous Ranking: 15
Last week: Lost to No. 14 Texas 81-60 and defeated Kansas State 64-56
This week: at Nebraska on Saturday
Information: The Aggies are fifth in the nation with a 41.2 offensive rebounding percentage.

18.Notre Dame (16-4)
Previous Ranking: 19
Last week: Defeated Cincinnati 66-58 and Marquette 80-75
This week: at No. 2 Pittsburgh on Monday
Information: The Fighting Irish are sixth in the nation with a 26.3 offensive rebounding percentage allowed.

19.West Virginia (13-5)
Previous Ranking: 12
Last week: Lost to Marshall 75-71, defeated South Florida 56-46
This week: at Louisville on Wednesday, at No. 22 Cincinnati on Saturday
Information: The Mountaineers are seventh in the nation with a 41.2 offensive rebounding percentage.

20.Saint Mary's (17-3)
Previous Ranking: 13
Last week: Defeated San Diego 67-56, lost to No. 20 Vanderbilt 89-70
This week: at Gonzaga on Thursday, at Portland on Saturday
Information: The Gaels lead the nation with a 58.5 effective field goal percentage.

21.Missouri (17-3)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Kansas State 75-59 and Iowa State 87-54
This week: at No. 7 Texas on Saturday
Information: The Tigers are 16th with a 25.1 defensive turnover percentage.

22.Cincinnati (17-3)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Lost to No. 19 Notre Dame 66-58, defeated St. John's 53-51
This week: Rutgers on Wednesday, No. 19 West Virginia on Saturday
Information: The Bearcats are 14th in the nation with an 88.0 adjusted defensive efficiency rating.

23.North Carolina (13-5)
Previous Ranking: 24
Last week: Defeated Clemson 75-65 and Miami (Fla.) 74-71
This week: North Carolina State on Saturday
Information: The Tar Heels are fourth in the nation with a 24.6 defensive free throw attempt/field goal attempt ratio.

24.Minnesota (15-4)
Previous Ranking: 25
Last week: Defeated Michigan 69-64
This week: Northwestern on Wednesday, at No. 10 Purdue on Saturday
Information: The Golden Gophers are 10th in the nation with a 39.7 offensive rebounding percentage.

25.Illinois
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated No. 5 Purdue 70-67 and Iowa 69-59
This week: at Michigan on Saturday
Information: Trevor Mbakwe is 16th in the nation with a 26.9 rebounding percentage.

Dropped out: No. 21 Michigan State, No. 22 Nevada-Las Vegas, No. 23 Louisville

Others to watch: Belmont (18-3), Florida (15-4), Florida State (15-5), Utah State (16-2), Virginia Tech (13-5)< /p>

The Field of 68

ACC (6): Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

America East (1): Vermont

Atlantic Sun (1): Belmont

Atlantic 10 (3): Duquesne, Richmond, Temple

Big 12 (8): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M

Big East (10): Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Big Sky (1): Montana

Big South (1): Coastal Carolina

Big Ten (7): Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Big West (1): Pacific

Colonial (1): George Mason

Conference USA (1): Texas-El Paso

Horizon (1): Cleveland State

Ivy (1): Harvard

Metro Atlantic (1): Iona

Mid-American (1): Buffalo

Mid-Eastern (1): Hampton

Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State

Mountain West (3): Brigham Young, Nevada-Las Vegas, San Diego State

Northeast (1): Long Island

Ohio Valley (1): Austin Peay

Pac-10 (4): Arizona, Southern California, Washington, Washington State

Patriot (1): Bucknell

SEC (4): Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt

SWAC (1): Texas Southern

Southern (1): Charleston

Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin

Summit (1): Oakland

Sun Belt(1): North Texas

WAC (1): Utah State

West Coast (1): Saint Mary's

John Perrotto is an author of Basketball Prospectus. You can contact John by clicking here or click here to see John's other articles.

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