American University LogoKalonKral's Ballot for Week 17 of 2018-19

Submitted on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7:11AM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga +2 They’ve been smashing teams out West – unlike Nevada. They've beaten Duke and have had a smooth February.
2 Duke University Logo Duke -1 It felt wrong to keep them at No. 1, but I do discount the two losses with injuries. They’re probably still the best team.
3 University of Virginia Logo Virginia -1 They can’t be ranked ahead of Duke with only a 1-loss difference, since we know Duke is better than them.
4 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky +1 Incredibly impressed with them every week. Absolutely throttled Auburn on Saturday.
5 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina +2 They’re starting to play like the team we all thought they could be preseason. Exciting to see them reach their potential.
6 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee -2 I chalked the Kentucky L to a bad matchup, but they got outworked by LSU. Not sure if this team is Joe Flacco elite.
7 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State +5 An unexpected leap from the Spartans! No Josh Langford? No Nick Ward? ’Tis but a scratch.
8 University of Michigan Logo Michigan -2 A tough loss at home, one they needed to gain an edge in the conference standings.
9 University of Houston Logo Houston 0 Any time on this Earth that I don’t spend talking about Dejon Jarreau is wasted time.
10 Louisiana State University Logo LSU 0 The win over Tennessee is enough to keep them here, despite losing to Florida. Smart’s emergence is worth keeping an eye on.
11 Marquette University Logo Marquette 0 Now with a sizable lead in the Big East, Marquette is looking to solidify a high tourney seed.
12 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech +9 Now THAT’S what I wanted to see! They actually beat a good team. A total thrashing of Kansas.
13 Purdue University Logo Purdue +1 A low-scoring affair against IU, but Purdue can win without a dominating performance from Carsen Edwards.
14 Kansas State University Logo Kansas State +5 A big Monday matchup with Kansas. They’ve got a chance to win the Big 12.
15 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada -7 They’re playing terrible and it’s hard to imagine how a team with all this talent blows easily winnable games.
16 University of Kansas Logo Kansas -3 This team is a fraction of what they were at the start of the year. They have no players left. Maybe should be lower.
17 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech -2 They’ve struggled against bad ACC teams and are sorely missing Justin Robinson.
18 University of Maryland, College Park Logo Maryland +6 They went on the road and beat a ranked opponent. Hallelujah! Miracles do occur.
19 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin +1
20 University at Buffalo Logo Buffalo +2 They’ve been playing a lot better over the past couple games. That’s good news for Western New York.
21 University of Iowa Logo Iowa -4 They’ve needed so many miracle finishes over the past two weeks, and maybe that’s not a good sign.
22 Florida State University Logo Florida State +1 Not a lot of shame in losing to a superhot UNC team. Still love this team.
23 University of Washington Logo Washington NR They had a really bad week, but bounced back last week with two good performances.
24 Iowa State University Logo Iowa State -7 Could make the argument that they shouldn’t be ranked after losing 2 close games in the Big 12. Not a ton of good replacement candidates.
25 Villanova University Logo Villanova -9 They’ve loss three in a row on the road. I still think they’re better than Cincy, Wofford or VCU on a neutral floor.