Syracuse University Logofalconlover79's Ballot for Week 14 of 2017-18

Submitted on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 9:44PM EST
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1 Villanova University Logo Villanova (LW: 1) If Omari Spellman can constantly have 26/11 games, it'll be hard to find a team that can beat Villanova.
2 University of Virginia Logo Virginia (LW: 2) Still undefeated in ACC play, there aren't too many games left that could scare the Cavaliers.
3 Purdue University Logo Purdue (LW: 4) Purdue isn't playing their best basketball as of late but hey, they keep winning, and move up anyways.
4 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech (LW: 8) Keenan Evans may just pull the Red Raiders to a Big 12 title, if the conference decides to change for once.
5 Xavier University Logo Xavier (LW: 6) I don't think Xavier fans expected the St. John's win to be a positive, but then Duke went down on Saturday.
6 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State (LW: 7) The Spartans have appeared to weather the storm of January; now the true test comes this Saturday against Purdue.
7 Auburn University Logo Auburn (LW: 11) One look at the SEC standings shows how balanced and tough the league is, and how impressive Auburn is for being on top.
8 Duke University Logo Duke (LW: 3) Either the Big East is MUCH better than we thought or Duke has some serious issues that need fixing.
9 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati (LW: 9) Jacob Evans continues to lead the Bearcats, who have been mostly unchallenged in their 14 game win streak.
10 University of Kansas Logo Kansas (LW: 5) The loss wasn't all that surprising considering that Kansas State, Iowa State, and Baylor nearly won in Allen Fieldhouse as well.
11 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee (LW: 15) The wins keep piling up for Tennessee, who are playing two tough road tests this week against Kentucky and Alabama.
12 University of Arizona Logo Arizona (LW: 10) The good news for Arizona is that Mike Hopkins has turned Washington into a quality loss.
13 Clemson University Logo Clemson (LW: 21) The 3 point shooting against UNC on Tuesday was insane, and showed their potential for success in the tourney if they're on.
14 University of Rhode Island Logo URI (LW: 18) VCU is defintiely not what they used to be but the Rams avoided a serious trap game; only 7 more to go.
15 University of Oklahoma Logo Oklahoma (LW: 13) More concerned with the slim win over Baylor rather than the loss on the road to rival Texas. Good to see Odomes play well though.
16 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina (LW: 17) Judgement week for the Tar Heels; vs Duke and @NC State. Two more losses should remove UNC from the top 25.
17 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada (LW: 22) The Wolfpack proved they could win on the road, even when Jordan Caroline does not play well.
18 Wichita State University Logo Wichita State (LW: 12) It's getting more and more difficult to excuse these losses for Wichita State. Shamet and McDuffie need to score more.
19 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia (LW: 14) This once-vaunted defence could do nothing againt Iowa State, arguably the worst team in the Big 12.
20 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State (LW: 24) Winning 3 of their 4 home games in a row, OSU now faces a difficult finish to their schedule, including @Purdue on Wednesday.
21 Seton Hall University Logo Seton Hall (LW: 23) No shame in the loss to Villanova, they were leading midway through the 2nd half, this team can beat almost anyone when they're on.
22 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky (LW: 20) Missouri is a good team and the SEC is too good for Kentucky to be punished for that loss.
23 University of Miami (Florida) Logo Miami (FL) (LW: NR) The Jan 21st win @NC State may be a lot better than it looked at the time, and 6-4 in the ACC is no joke.
24 Saint Mary's College of California Logo St. Mary's (LW: NR) Their schedule is weak and their losses are not good, but at a certain point not even I can deny 23 wins.
25 University of Michigan Logo Michigan (LW: NR) Fair play to them for winning twice, even if they were closer than necessary. Next 5: ASU, Houston, Texas, FSU, Texas A&M