With conference play about to get underway, the college basketball season has yet to settle down. The Blue Zone will be here every Monday at noon until March giving you the biggest takeaways from each ranking:
Duke stands pat
After the shocking defeat at the hands of Stephen F. Austin, the Blue Devils tumbled down the rankings, falling from No. 1 to No. 10 three weeks ago. However, with four consecutive wins, Duke finds itself ranked fourth for the second straight Monday. With top-ranked Kansas falling to Villanova and fifth-ranked Ohio State taking down Kentucky, the Blue Devils kept their position amidst the surrounding turmoil.
Will the real number one please stand up?
With a chaotic start to the season, it has been difficult for pundits and fans alike to point out a dominant team in college basketball. The young season has seen six top-ranked teams fall already. By virtue of the previous the Jayhawks' loss, Gonzaga now occupies the top slot for the first time this season. Whether the Zags can maintain that position remains to be seen.
Buckeyes solidify top spot in the Big Ten
Despite being ranked behind Michigan State, Maryland and Michigan for various points this season, Ohio State’s consistency and quality wins have resulted with a clear-cut leader in what some view as the best conference in the country. With the Buckeyes’ most recent win coming over then No. 6 Kentucky, it is evident that Ohio State is here to stay among the crop of top-notch title contenders, and it finds itself ranked No. 2 in the latest ranking.
2. Ohio State
14. Michigan State
15. San Diego State
17. Florida State
20. Penn State
22. West Virginia
23. Texas Tech
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Max Rego is a Trinity senior and an associate sports editor for The Chronicle's 118th volume. He was previously sports managing editor for Volume 117.