Blogger Power Poll: West Virginia surges to No. 6 after big wins

Having finished off the regular season with victories over Georgetown and Villanova, West Virginia surged all the way to No. 6 in the final regular season edition of our blogger power poll.

Kansas remained No. 1, claiming all eight votes after Syracuse's loss to Louisville quickly silenced those who thought the Orange should own the top spot. Moving up to second was Kentucky, followed by Syracuse, Duke and Ohio State.

Villanova fell out of the top 10 for the first time this season, the home loss to West Virginia the Wildcats' fourth in six games.

Vanderbilt was the only team to fall out of the poll after a loss to South Carolina. Wisconsin replaced the Commodores at No. 13 on the strength of an emphatic win at Illinois on Sunday.

1. Kansas (112)

Comment: Anyone who says we don't have a dominant team in college basketball this year obviously missed Kansas' wins over Missouri and Kansas State this week. (LW: 1)

2. Kentucky (104)

Comment: Finished off an unbeaten season at Rupp Arena with a good win over a fired-up Florida team trying to get off of the bubble. (LW: 3)

3. Syracuse (99)

Comment: Way to make those of us who supported your case for No. 1 look ridiculous, Orange. Aside from that, the loss at Louisville was pretty harmless. (LW: 2)

4. Duke (88)

Comment: In spite of sharing the ACC title with Maryland after last week's loss at College Park, Duke can still wrap up the fourth No. 1 seed by winning the conference tournament. (LW: 4)

5. Ohio State (82)

Comment: Finally, people are realizing that if Duke falls in the ACC tournament and Ohio State wins the Big Ten tourney, that fourth No. 1 seed should belong to the Buckeyes. (LW: 6)

6. West Virginia (74)

Comment: Devin Ebanks' brain cramp at the end of regulation against Villanova didn't look nearly as bad when teammate DaSean Butler hit the game-winner in overtime. (LW: 10)

7. Purdue (70)

Comment: Beating Indiana and Penn State without Robbie Hummel is fine, but we'll find out a lot more about the Boilermakers in the Big Ten tournament this week. (LW: 8)

T8. Kansas State (56)

Comment: Any Wildcats fans still wondering why folks think their team is a potential early upset victim in the NCAA tournament need only review footage of Saturday's brutal loss to Iowa State. (LW: 5)

T8. New Mexico (56)

Comment: The top-seeded Lobos got a great draw in the Mountain West tournament, avoiding second-place BYU and host UNLV until the finals. (LW: 7)

10. Michigan State (50)

Comment: Raise your hand if you knew it had been 10 years since Michigan State won a Big Ten tournament title? Yeah, me neither, but Tom Izzo seems intent on breaking that streak this season. (LW: 11)

11. Villanova (45)

Comment: The Wildcats' lack of size and defense has really been exposed the past few weeks, which accounts for their lowest ranking of the season. (LW: 9)

12. Temple (23)

Comment: After sharing the regular season Atlantic 10 title with Xavier, Temple seeks its third consecutive conference tournament championship. (LW: 12)

13. Wisconsin (22)

Comment: Look out for the fourth-seeded Badgers in the Big Ten tournament with 6-foot-10 Jon Leuer healthy after a wrist injury and starting to round into top form again. (LW: NR)

14. Tennessee (21)

Comment: The Vols did something their football team hasn't been able to do the past few years: They jumped to a 17-0 lead on the road against an SEC opponent, in this case Mississippi State. (LW: 16)

15. Butler (20)

Comment: Butler has lost four of five trips to the Horizon League title game since 2001, but the Bulldogs are intent on breaking that streak this season with a victory on Tuesday night over Wright State. (LW: 15)

16. Pittsburgh (12)

Comment: Who would have thought that the Panthers could lose their three stars from last year's Elite Eight team and still earn the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament this year? (LW: 14)

Others receiving votes: BYU (9), Maryland (4), Baylor (3), Gonzaga (2)

Jeff Eisenberg and Matt Norlander, The Dagger

Zach Hayes, Rush The Court

Scott Procious, NBE Basketball Report

Gary Moore, The College Hardwood

Chris Kulenych & Craig Gately, Bracketology 101

Jameson Fleming, Bleacher Report

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