Oklahoma State University LogoItsAesthus's Ballot for Week 9 of 2020-21

Submitted on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:10PM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Both Pepperdine and Saint Mary's gave the Bulldogs brief scares, but were ultimately put away by fairly comfortable margins.
2 Baylor University Logo Baylor The debate over #1 opened up slightly between Gonzaga's minor WCC struggles and Baylor's impressive road win over Texas Tech.
3 Villanova University Logo Villanova The #3 team in the nation hasn't played since Christmas. Can they finally return to the court against Seton Hall on Tuesday?
4 University of Iowa Logo Iowa For a bit, it seemed we were headed for an Iowa-NW shootout. But while Garza and co. hit their shots, the Wildcats ultimately did not.
5 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas The Longhorns' penchant for heroic wins caught up to them, as the red-hot Red Raiders delivered a stunner on the road behind Mac McClung.
6 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee Tennessee cruised past rival Vanderbilt in a balanced win, outscoring the Commodores by ten in each half.
7 University of Houston Logo Houston Houston delivered an emphatic statement win in its revenge over UCF, with a staggering 45-19 halftime lead over the only team to beat them.
8 Saint Louis University Logo St. Louis Much like Villanova, the Billikens' last game came on December 23. Likewise, they've taken advantage, rising from #25 to #8.
9 University of Michigan Logo Michigan Michigan's last three games: dominant 82-57 win over MINN, dominant 77-54 win over WISC, 75-57 loss to MINN. Big Ten home court, folks.
10 University of Kansas Logo Kansas After failing to complete a late comeback in Stillwater, Kansas must be dreading their visit to Waco to play #2 Baylor.
11 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State The Buckeyes have overcome a slow start with three straight wins, including two—against Rutgers and Illinois—on the road.
12 University of Oregon Logo Oregon Oregon sat idle this week as top Pac-12 rivals UCLA, USC, Colorado, and Arizona swept all their games.
13 Drake University Logo Drake The echoes of Drake's resounding back-to-back wins over Southern Illinois will go on until at least the 26th after further postponements.
14 University of Connecticut Logo UConn UConn hardly looked the part of a top-fifteen team in their 60-53 win over 1-5 DePaul, but their overall resume is still glowing.
15 University of Missouri Logo Missouri Missouri got in trouble against Texas A&M early, but stormed to a 41-28 second half to win handily in their first game since January 5.
16 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin Wisconsin recovered from a humiliating loss to Michigan in fine fashion, outduelling Rutgers on the road.
17 University of Virginia Logo Virginia Virginia may well be the ACC's frontrunner after holding Clemson to just 17 in the first half, but are they good or just hot?
18 University of Minnesota Logo Minnesota Minnesota delivered swift vengeance for their January 6 loss to Michigan, giving the Wolverines their first blemish via a home blowout.
19 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech It's hard to deny Texas Tech after an impressive week in which they took down a top-five Texas and gave Baylor a tough fight.
20 University of Louisville Logo Louisville All Louisville needed for a clear ACC lead was to beat 5-6 Miami, which had just given Boston College its first ACC win. Well...whoops.
21 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech Virginia Tech pulled away late to beat Duke to remain squarely in the ACC title fight. If only they hadn't lost to Penn State, now 3-5...
22 Creighton University Logo Creighton Creighton had stormed to six straight wins, including victories over UConn and Xavier, but they hit a brick wall in a loss to...3-7 Butler?
23 Clemson University Logo Clemson Clemson faced UVA after beating Miami and NC State by five total points, so perhaps we should have anticipated their miserable first half.
24 Florida State University Logo Florida State Florida State tossed its hat into the top-of-the-ACC ring with wins over NC State and UNC, rarely struggling against either foe.
25 Boise State University Logo Boise State The Broncos stormed into the top 25 with back-to-back dominant road wins over Wyoming. Next five: Alabama, UCLA, Colorado, USC, LSU