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Despite its enormous 81-73 win over Michigan on Saturday, Indiana takes a seat behind new No. 1 Florida in this week's SB Nation college hoops power rankings.


Hey, look, every team did something to confuse the hell out of everyone again. That's fun. Each week in college basketball is becoming kind of like the first time you saw porn: Really fun while you're watching it happen, and then not fun at all when you're trying to make sense of it.

With so much confusion and uncertainty, it's probably not a bad idea to start with the team that is beating everyone it plays by about 700 points.

1. FLORIDA (3) (18-2, 8-0)

LAST WEEK: Beat South Carolina (75-36); Beat No. 16 Ole Miss (78-64)

THIS WEEK: At Arkansas (2/5); vs. Mississippi State (2/9)

The lack of quality competition in relation to the other top spot contenders is a valid argument, I get it. That admission out of the way, have you seen the Gators play lately? They absolutely throttled the No. 16 team in the country and it dropped their average margin of victory in SEC play by like 25 percent.

The biggest question mark for this team over the first two months of the season was point guard play. Since the calendar turned, Scottie Wilbekin has been nothing short of tremendous, dishing out 56 assists to just 20 turnovers and recording at least one steal in every game but one.

It wouldn't matter if they were playing in the SWAC, this is the most complete team in the country right now.

2. INDIANA (4) (20-2, 8-1)

LAST WEEK: Beat Purdue (97-60); Beat No. 1 Michigan (81-73)

THIS WEEK: At Illinois (2/7); At No. 10 Ohio State (2/10)

Plenty of folks (including the one you're reading) have been making the case for months now that it's Victor Oladipo, and not Cody Zeller or Christian Watford, with whom the fate of the Hoosiers' season most rests. Still, it was going to take a superb effort on a monumental stage for Oladpio's All-American campaign to jump into the vicinity of Zeller's. That may have happened on Saturday, when the junior made big play after big play in Indiana's win over Michigan, which was the highest profile game of the 2012-13 season to date.

If he'd finished this dunk, then somehow he would have become a legitimate contender for NBA MVP.

3. MICHIGAN (1) (20-2, 7-2)

LAST WEEK: Beat Northwestern (68-46); Lost to No. 3 Indiana (81-73)

THIS WEEK: vs. No. 10 Ohio State (2/5); At Wisconsin (2/9)

Brushing off losses is something I always try to avoid, but I'm not sure how you could have watched Saturday's game and come away thinking that there was something significantly wrong with the Wolverines. Michigan simply ran into a team that shot lights out early on while playing in front of a home crowd that was going to make it awfully tough for any visitor to fly back home with a win. This team is still every bit the national title contender they were on Friday night.

Also, check out their "all-maize" uniforms for Tuesday night's game against Ohio State. They're bright.

4. KANSAS (2) (19-2, 7-1)

LAST WEEK: Lost to Oklahoma State (85-80)

THIS WEEK: At TCU (2/6); At Oklahoma (2/9)

With the benefit of hindsight, you could almost see this coming. The Jayhawks had the nation's longest winning streak and a pair of top All-American candidates, but they weren't beating inferior opponents in the manner you'd expect a team with those attributes to.

It'll be interesting to see how Elijah Johnson bounces back from being absolutely torn into by Bill Self following the Oklahoma State loss.

I_medium5. MIAMI (8) (17-3, 8-0)

LAST WEEK: Beat Virginia Tech (73-64); Beat No. 19 NC State (79-78)

THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College (2/5); vs. North Carolina (2/9)

People might turn their noses up at a three-spot jump for barely beating an NC State team without Lorenzo Brown, but Saturday was the perfect set-up for a Wolfpack win. For that not to come to fruition speak pretty loudly about the visiting team. Also, any squad that's 8-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Feb. 5 has a legitimate case for being among the five best in the country.

ACC teams have lost at home in conference play just 15 times so far this season. Miami has been the cause of those losses five times. No other team in the league has won on the road more than twice.

6. DUKE (6) (19-2, 6-2)

LAST WEEK: Beat Wake Forest (75-70); Beat Florida State (79-60)

THIS WEEK: vs. NC State (2/7); At Boston College (2/10)

Duke went all "Miami against Duke" against Florida State (what?), shooting 60.8 percent from the field in their romp over the Seminoles. It was the first time FSU had allowed an opponent to shoot better than 60 percent against them since 2006. It was also the biggest piece of evidence yet that this team can be a title contender with or without Ryan Kelly.

7. SYRACUSE (5) (19-3, 7-2)

LAST WEEK: Lost to Pittsburgh (65-55); Beat No. 25 Notre Dame (63-47)

THIS WEEK: vs. St. John's (2/10)

The Orange eased the fears of their fan base by avoiding a three-game losing streak with a fairly dominating 16-point win over Notre Dame Monday night. The key? Having a 4-year-old announce your starting lineups.

How you gonna cut me off after two players? Do you think I didn't wanna hear the kid say "Rakeem Christmas?" Because I did.

8. LOUISVILLE (9) (18-4, 6-3)

LAST WEEK: Beat No. 25 Marquette (70-51)

THIS WEEK: At Rutgers (2/6); At No. 25 Notre Dame (2/9)

In the 2012 Big East Tournament quarterfinals, Louisville broke out of a month-long offensive slump and ran the second-seeded Golden Eagles out of the gym. The victory gave the team an invaluable dose of confidence that carried it all the way to the tournament title and eventually a trip to the Final Four. The Cardinals gave a similar performance on Sunday, as they finally showed some semblance of an ability to score points out of their halfcourt offense, and blasted the then-No. 1 team in the Big East inside the KFC Yum! Center.

9. MICHIGAN STATE (10) (18-4, 7-2)

LAST WEEK: Beat Illinois (80-75)

THIS WEEK: vs. No. 18 Minnesota (2/6); At Purdue (2/9)

This ranking is contingent on both Gary Harris and Travis Trice being at least 95 percent. If Harris or both wind up being significantly below that level of health for the remainder of the season, then the Spartans probably don't belong anywhere in the top 16.

I_medium10. GONZAGA (7) (21-2, 8-0)

LAST WEEK: Beat Loyola Marymount (88-43); Beat San Diego (65-63)

THIS WEEK: vs. Pepperdine (2/7); vs. Loyola Marymount (2/9)

Kelly Olynyk is the best player on the West Coast, and he's been playing like a first team All-American since the calendar flipped to 2013. He also didn't make the 25-player Wooden Award midseason watch list, which is a hilariously awful oversight.

11. OHIO STATE (13) (17-4, 7-2)

LAST WEEK: Beat Wisconsin (58-49); Beat Nebraska (63-56)

THIS WEEK: At No. 3 Michigan (2/5); vs. No. 1 Indiana (2/10)

Of all the teams considered to be serious national championship contenders, none have been more confusing up to this point than the Buckeyes. For better or worse, playing the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in one week is a pretty efficient way to put any lingering doubts to bed.

12. ARIZONA (12) (19-2, 7-2)

LAST WEEK: Beat Washington (57-53); Beat Washington State (79-65)

THIS WEEK: vs. Stanford (2/6); vs. California (2/10)

I'm cheering really hard for the Wildcats to win the rest of their games because I think they have the strongest "could become the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 in history" profile in the country. I'm sorry Arizona fans, I don't think your team is great, and I'm not going to think your team is great if it beats Stanford and Cal this week.

13. KANSAS STATE (16) (17-4, 6-2)

LAST WEEK: Beat Texas (83-57); Beat Oklahoma (52-50)

THIS WEEK: At Texas Tech (2/5); vs. Iowa State (2/9)

Watching a K-Stae game is far from the most enjoyable way to spend a weekday evening, but that doesn't change the fact that the Wildcats' resume is air tight right now. They have zero bad losses (Michigan, Kansas, Gonzaga, at Iowa State) and a win over Florida that's looking more and more like Charlie Bucket's golden ticket with every Gator thrashing.

I'm praying for a Rodney Mcgruder game-winner in the big dance so I can talk about MacGruber more than my contract currently allows.

14. GEORGETOWN (NR) (16-4, 6-3)

LAST WEEK: Beat Seton Hall (74-52); Beat St. John's (68-56)

THIS WEEK: At Rutgers (2/9); vs. No. 24 Marquette (2/11)

The Hoyas were getting way too much national love a month ago, but right now they aren't getting enough of it. Since their embarrassing loss to South Florida, Georgetown has scored four straight wins, three of which - Louisville, Notre Dame and St. John's - came against opponents with winning records in Big East play. The Cardinals were the only one of those teams to keep their defeat in single digits.

15. NEW MEXICO (NR) (19-3, 6-1)

LAST WEEK: Beat Wyoming (63-59); BeatNevada (75-62)

THIS WEEK: vs. Air Force (2/6); At UNLV (2/9)

I'm not going to lie to you, if I could have cut the rankings at 14 teams this week, I would have. There is no team I feel overly positive about putting in this spot, so I'm going with the leaders in the county's most competitive conference. They'll make it easy for me to drop them out next week when they lose to UNLV on Saturday.

I_medium16. BUTLER (14) (18-4, 5-2)

LAST WEEK: Lost to Saint Louis (75-58); Beat Rhode Island (75-68)

THIS WEEK: vs. Saint Bonaventure (2/6); At George Washington (2/9)

I have similar feelings about this ranking, although I don't think the Bulldogs are capable of losing to either of their opponents this week...which is annoying.

DROPPED OUT: Oregon (10); Ole Miss (15)

ON THE CUSP: Cincinnati, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Creighton, Colorado State