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Calling All Conferences Power Rankings

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Marquette's 63-61 overtime victory against St.John's marked the fourth straight Big East road win for the Golden Eagles and assured them of at least a .500 record in the nation's toughest conference.

Even at 18-9 and 9-6 overall, Marquette coach Buzz Williams said his team still has work to do before it can feel good about its chances of earning an NCAA tournament berth. In other words, the Golden Eagles are on "The Bubble."

They aren't alone.

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, here are some schools that could be included or excluded on Selection Sunday. The remaining schedule of each team is listed in parentheses.

ACC

Clemson – 19-8, 7-6 (@ Florida State, Georgia Tech, @ Wake Forest)

Georgia Tech – 18-9, 6-7 (Boston College, @ Clemson, Virginia Tech)

BIG EAST

Connecticut – 17-11, 7-8 (Louisville, @ Notre Dame, @ South Florida)

Louisville – 18-10, 9-6 (@ Connecticut, @ Marquette, Syracuse)

Marquette – 18-9, 9-6 (@ Seton Hall, Louisville, Notre Dame)

BIG TEN

Illinois – 18-10, 10-5 (Minnesota, @ Ohio State, Wisconsin)

Minnesota – 16-11, 7-8 (@ Illinois, @ Michigan, Iowa)

Northwestern – 17-10, 6-9 (Iowa, @ Penn State, Chicago State, @ Indiana)

BIG 12

Missouri – 21-7, 9-4 (@ Kansas State, @ Iowa State, Kansas)

Oklahoma State – 19-8, 7-6 (Kansas, @ Texas A&M, Nebraska)

PAC-10

None. The league is only expected to receive one bid.

SEC

Florida – 20-8, 9-4 (@ Georgia, Vanderbilt, @ Kentucky)

Mississippi State – 20-8, 8-5 (@ South Carolina, @ Auburn, Tennessee)

Ole Miss – 18-9, 6-7 (@ Alabama, LSU, @ Arkansas)

NON-BIG SIX

Rhode Island – 20-6, 8-5 (@ St. Bonaventure, Charlotte, @ Massachusetts)

Dayton – 18-9, 7-6 (Massachusetts, @ Richmond, Saint Louis)

St. Mary’s – 22-5, 9-3 (Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount)

UNLV – 21-7, 9-5 (@ Air Force, Wyoming)

San Diego State – 20-8, 9-5 (Colorado State, @ Air Force)

UAB – 22-5, 10-3 (Tulane, Memphis, @ UTEP)

Memphis – 20-8, 10-3 (Southern Miss, @ UAB, Tulsa)

Charlotte – 19-8, 9-4 (@ George Washington, @ Rhode Island, Richmond)

And now, on to this week's power rankings. Last week's rank in parenthesis.

ACC

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Greivis Vasquez and Maryland passed another test.
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1. Duke (23-4, 11-2) – Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer are one of the nation's top trios. (1)

2. Maryland (20-7, 10-3) – Greivis Vasquez had 13 assists in Wednesday's win over Clemson. (4)

3. Virginia Tech (21-6, 8-5) – Malcolm Delaney is shooting just 39 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. (2)

4. Wake Forest (18-7, 8-5) – How did the Demon Deacons lose to N.C. State? (3)

5. Florida State (20-7, 8-5) – The Seminoles have huge upcoming tests at home against Clemson and Wake Forest. (6)

6. Clemson (19-8, 7-6) – The Tigers squandered a 15-point lead at Maryland on Wednesday. (5)

7. Georgia Tech (18-9, 6-7) – Can the Yellow Jackets make the NCAA tournament with a sub-.500 ACC record? (7)

8. Boston College (14-13, 5-8) – Joe Trapani leads the Eagles in points (14.2) and rebounds (6.6) (9)

9. Miami (18-9, 4-9) – As bad as the Hurricanes have been, they could still win 20 games. (11)

10. Virginia (14-12, 5-8) – The Cavaliers have lost six straight, and Duke is next. (8)

11. North Carolina (14-14, 3-10) – Tyler Zeller is back – but it hasn't mattered. (10)

12. North Carolina State (15-13, 3-10) – Tracy Smith is vying for all-league honors. (12)

RISING

Duke – The Blue Devils keep getting better and better. Mike Krzyzewski's squad has won eight straight ACC games and has only one tough league contest remaining (at Maryland on March 3). Jon Scheyer is one of the favorites to win ACC Player of the Year.

FALLING

The league – No. 5 Duke is the only ACC team in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. That's pretty depressing for a conference that prides itself on being one of the nation's best from year to year.

THREE TO WATCH

Saturday

Boston College at Georgia Tech – The Yellow Jackets can't afford any more upsets.

Maryland at Virginia Tech – A road win is imperative if the Terrapins want to stay in the hunt for the ACC title.

Sunday

Clemson at Florida State – The Tigers won the last meeting by 10 points, but things are different on the road.

BIG EAST

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1. Syracuse (26-2, 13-2) – Barring any unforeseen slipups, the Orange should win the conference title. (1)

2. Villanova (23-4, 12-3) – Wednesday's Senior Night was emotional for Scottie Reynolds. (2)

3. Pittsburgh (21-7, 10-5) – It's tough to take the Panthers seriously after Wednesday's blowout loss to a Luke Harangody-less Notre Dame. (4)

4. West Virginia (21-6, 10-5) – The Mountaineers have lost three of their last five games. (3)

5. Connecticut (17-11, 7-8) – Kemba Walker and Jerome Dyson are inching the Huskies closer to an NCAA berth. (8)

6. Georgetown (21-6, 10-5) – Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Greg Monroe have all been terrific, but at different times. (7)

7. Marquette (18-9, 9-6) – Buzz Williams' squad has won four straight Big East road games, including two in overtime. (5)

8. Louisville (18-10, 9-6) – The Cardinals squandered a golden opportunity against Georgetown on Tuesday. (6)

9. Seton Hall (16-10, 7-8) – Jeremy Hazell keeps firing away. (11)

10. Notre Dame (18-10, 7-8) – The Fighting Irish have played surprisingly well without Luke Harangody. (10)

11. St. John's (15-12, 5-10) – Prediction: Norm Roberts will get one more year. (12)

12. South Florida (16-11, 6-9) – The Bulls turned in a dreadful effort against Villanova on Wednesday. (9)

13. Cincinnati (16-11, 7-8) – Sunday's home loss to Marquette in overtime was a gut-wrencher. (13)

14. Rutgers (14-14, 4-11) – Fred Hill is fighting for his job. (14)

15. Providence (12-15, 4-11) – Jamine Peterson averages 19.1 points and 10 rebounds (15)

16. DePaul (8-19, 1-14) – The last five losses have been by single digits (16)

RISING

Seton Hall – With a home game remaining against Marquette and back-to-back road tests against Rutgers and Providence, there's an outside chance the Pirates (7-8) could finish with a winning Big East record.

Cincinnati – So much for that breakthrough year that everyone was predicting. The Bearcats have lost four of their last five games and still have three games left against Top 15 teams.

THREE TO WATCH

Saturday

Villanova at Syracuse – The most-anticipated game of the Big East season could be for the conference title.

Pittsburgh at St. John's – The Panthers need to bounce back after Wednesday's loss to Notre Dame.

Sunday

Louisville at Connecticut – A win at home might catapult the Huskies into the NCAA tournament.

BIG TEN

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1. Purdue (24-3, 12-3) – Robbie Hummel's knee injury could alter the Boilermakers' season. (1)

2. Ohio State (22-7, 12-4) – The Buckeyes won't lose again in the regular season. (3)

3. Michigan State (21-7, 11-4) – The Spartans have lost four of their last six. (2)

4. Illinois (18-10, 10-5) – Games with Ohio State and Wisconsin remain. (5)

5. Wisconsin (20-7, 10-5) – Indiana and Iowa are next. (4)

6. Minnesota (16-11, 7-8) – Six of the Gophers' last seven losses have been by single digits. (6)

7. Northwestern (17-10, 6-9) – A 9-9 finish in the Big Ten might be good enough for an NCAA berth. (7)

8. Michigan (13-14, 6-9) – Saturday's loss to Penn State was unacceptable. (8)

9. Iowa (9-18, 3-11) – Has Todd Lickliter done enough to save his job? (9)

10. Penn State (10-17, 2-13) – Two of Penn State's final three games are against Top 15 teams. (11)

11. Indiana (9-17, 3-11) – The Hoosiers should've been better than this. (10)

RISING

Penn State – Say this for the Nittany Lions: They never gave up. Ed DeChellis' squad had won two straight games before Wednesday's loss to Ohio State – and both of them were on the road (against Northwestern and Michigan).

FALLING

Wisconsin – Jon Leuer's return didn't do much to boost the Badgers, who lost by 16 points against Minnesota before struggling to put away Northwestern.

THREE TO WATCH

Saturday

Minnesota at Illinois – The Gophers are playing well, even if their record suggests otherwise.

Sunday

Michigan State at Purdue – A victory over the Spartans at home would all but clinch the Big Ten title for Purdue.

Penn State at Northwestern – The Wildcats can't afford another slip-up against Penn State if they want to make the NCAA tournament.

BIG 12

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Xavier Henry has found his form.
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1. Kansas (27-1, 13-0) – Xavier Henry has snapped out of his funk. (1)

2. Kansas State (23-4, 10-3) – The Wildcats are 6-1 in Big 12 road games. (2)

3. Baylor (21-6, 8-5) – Two late 3-pointers by LaceDarius Dunn helped the Bears beat Texas A&M on Wednesday. (4)

4. Texas A&M (19-8, 8-5) – The next two games (against Texas and Oklahoma State) are at home. (3)

5. Missouri (21-7, 9-4) – The Tigers have won five of their last six games. (5)

6. Texas (22-6, 8-5) – Dogus Balbay's injury creates a huge opportunity for J'Covan Brown. (6)

7. Oklahoma State (19-8, 7-6) – James Anderson scored only 14 points in Wednesday's loss at Texas. (7)

8. Texas Tech (16-11, 4-9) – The Red Raiders have only one more Big 12 win than last year. (8)

9. Oklahoma (13-14, 4-9) – The pieces are there. The effort is not. (10)

10. Iowa State (14-14, 3-10) – Craig Brackins had 21 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's victory over Nebraska. (12)

11. Colorado (12-15, 3-10) – Is Alec Burks the Big 12 Freshman of the Year? (9)

12. Nebraska (13-15, 1-12) – Doc Sadler will be back next season. (11)

RISING

Kansas – The Jayhawks are attempting to become the first major conference team since Kentucky in 2002-03 to finish league play with an undefeated record. The Jayhawks have already clinched their sixth straight Big 12 title.

FALLING

Texas Tech – The Red Raiders showed a ton of promise early in the season, but Pat Knight's squad has fizzled as of late. Texas Tech has lost four straight and must now play two of its final three games on the road starting with Saturday's showdown at Nebraska.

THREE TO WATCH

Saturday

Kansas at Oklahoma State – The Cowboys are the first of three straight tough opponents for the Jayhawks, who must also face Kansas State and Missouri.

Missouri at Kansas State – The Wildcats will try to avenge last month's road loss at Missouri.

Wednesday

Kansas State at Kansas – Jayhawks senior Sherron Collins will be playing his final game at Allen Fieldhouse.

PAC-10

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1. Cal (18-9, 10-5) – Jerome Randle is closing in on the Bears' all-time scoring record. (1)

2. USC (16-10, 8-6) – Small forward Marcus Johnson is drawing attention from NBA scouts. (2)

3. Arizona State (19-8, 9-5) – Ty Abbott is shooting 44.5 percent from 3-point range. (3)

4. Washington (18-9, 8-7) – Senior Quincy Pondexter scored 20 points in his last home game. (4)

5. Stanford (13-14, 7-8) – Landry Fields should receive consideration for Pac-10 Player of the Year. (9)

6. UCLA (12-14, 7-7) – Forward Reeves Nelson (eye) won't play this weekend. (6)

7. Arizona (13-13, 7-7) – The Wildcats have lost four of their last five. (5)

8. Washington State (16-11, 6-9) – Freshman Reggie Moore is flying under the radar. (7)

9. Oregon State (12-14, 6-8) – The Beavers' last two wins were against Cal and Arizona. Nice. (8)

10. Oregon (12-14, 4-10) – Ernie Kent's time may be nearing its end. (10)

RISING

The Cardinal hardly looks like a team that occupied the Pac-10 cellar during the early portions of Pac-10 play. Stanford has won three of its last four games, and all three of its remaining regular season games are at home, where Stanford is 5-1 in Pac-10 play.

FALLING

Washington State – The Cougars had lost seven of eight games before upsetting USC last weekend. Klay Thompson's shot selection has come into question. He's averaging nearly 16 field goal attempts a game.

THREE TO WATCH

Thursday

Arizona State at Stanford – Can Herb Sendek come up with a plan to stop Landry Fields?

Saturday

Arizona State at Cal – The Golden Bears are the best team in a bad league.

Oregon State at USC – Both teams have been semi-hot as of late.

SEC

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1. Kentucky (26-1, 11-1) – Daniel Orton is going to be a beast. (1)

2. Vanderbilt (20-6, 9-3) – The Commodores blew it against Kentucky. (2)

3. Florida (20-8, 9-4) – Tuesday's win over Tennessee was the Gators' first against the Vols in three years. (7)

4. Tennessee (20-7, 8-5) – Bruce Pearl's squad has lost three of its last five. (3)

5. Mississippi State (20-8, 8-5) – Jarvis Varnardo became college basketball's all-time leading shot-blocker during Wednesday's win over Alabama. (4)

6. Arkansas (14-14, 7-6) – The Razorbacks didn't show up against LSU. (5)

7. Ole Miss (18-9, 6-7) – The Rebels rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Auburn on Wednesday. (8)

8. South Carolina (14-12, 5-7) – A loss to Kentucky on Thursday would mark the fifth defeat in six games for the Gamecocks. (6)

9. Georgia (12-13, 4-8) – Thursday's game at Vanderbilt won't be easy. (10)

10. Alabama (14-13, 4-9) – February has been brutal for the Crimson Tide. (11)

11. Auburn (13-15, 4-9) – Will the Tigers soon be in the market for a new coach? (9)

12. LSU (10-17, 1-12) – Tasmin Mitchell had 16 points in Wednesday's victory over Arkansas. (12)

RISING

Florida – Tuesday's victory over Tennessee guaranteed the Gators a winning conference record and greatly enhanced their chances of earning an NCAA berth for the first time since 2007. Billy Donovan's squad has won five of its last six SEC games.

FALLING

Arkansas – The Razorbacks on Wednesday became the only SEC team to lose to LSU. Not the best way to build confidence during the final days of the regular season.

THREE TO WATCH

Saturday

Kentucky at Tennessee – This is the only tough game remaining on the Wildcats' regular-season schedule.

Mississippi State at South Carolina – The Bulldogs are on the NCAA bubble, but they probably won't be if they can't win this important road game.

Tuesday

Vanderbilt at Florida – Beating the No. 16 Commodores would be the cherry on top of Florida's impressive NCAA tournament profile.

NON-BIG SIX

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1. New Mexico (26-3, 12-2) – Steve Alford has done wonders with the Lobos. (2)

2. Butler (25-4, 17-0) – How much longer will Brad Stevens be at Butler? (3)

3. BYU (26-3, 11-2) – Jimmer Fredette is the star, but the Cougars are hardly a one-man team. (4)

4. Gonzaga (22-5, 10-2) – The Zags have two inexplicable losses to San Francisco and Loyola Marymount. (1)

5. Temple (23-5, 11-2) – The Owls are tied for first in the Atlantic 10. (5)

6. UTEP (12-1, 21-5) – The Miners have Conference USA all but wrapped up. (6)

7. Xavier (20-7, 11-2) – The Musketeers' non-conference victory over Florida was huge. (10)

8. Richmond (22-6, 11-2) – The Spiders tout non-conference wins over Missouri, Mississippi State and Florida. (7)

9. San Diego State – (20-8, 9-5) – Steve Fisher's squad is holding its own in one of the nation's toughest conferences. (NR)

10. Northern Iowa – (24-4, 14-3) – Jordan Eglseder served the last of his three-game suspension during Tuesday's loss to Evansville. (9)

RISING

UTEP – Tony Barbee's squad has won 11 straight games and, at 12-1, has a two-game lead over Memphis and Alabama-Birmingham (both 10-3) in the Conference USA standings.

FALLING

Memphis – Wednesday's loss to Houston squelched the Tigers' chances of a Conference USA title and greatly diminished their NCAA tournament hopes.

THREE TO WATCH

Friday

Butler at Valparaiso – The Bulldogs better be careful. Valparaiso is just 15-15, but the Crusaders are 9-2 at home.

Saturday

New Mexico at BYU – This game could decide the Mountain West title.

Illinois State at Northern Iowa – The Redbirds are one of the few Missouri Valley teams good enough to win a road game at Northern Iowa. The Panthers have yet to lose at home.

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