2018-2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Week 13-Anything is Possible

It was only a few weeks ago when it seemed as if March’s tournament would be a mostly foregone conclusion; with the top ten teams in the country looking unstoppable. That outlook quickly took a turn in the span of only a week.

WEEK 11 RECAP

Duke lost to an unranked Syracuse team at home, Michigan went on the road to lose to an unranked Wisconsin team, and previously 4th ranked Virginia lost to the same Duke squad that lost their starting point guard to injury in the Syracuse game…and that’s just the top four from week 11.

If it’s not too much; add the fact that Kansas, Texas Tech, and Virginia Tech all suffered losses in the same week and that’s six top-ten losses in the span of six days.

Last week was a bit quieter at the top with the top-five teams going undefeated. As for the rest of the country, let’s just say there was a lot of the same from week 11.

WHERE WE SIT…FOR NOW

Tennessee is now set in as the number one team in the nation. Followed up by Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan, and Michigan State; the top-six teams in the country remained the same going into this week despite Michigan State being served a shellacking at the hands of previously unranked Purdue.

Speaking of those Boilermakers in Purdue, they made the biggest jump of the week moving from the land of the unranked (27) to 17 after upset wins over previously (13) Maryland and the aforementioned Spartans.

As for Maryland, a couple weeks ago I alluded to the fact that they always find a way to lose games once they start receiving national attention. They kept the trend going last week losing to both the Spartans and Boilermakers; they subsequently fell eight spots to 21 in this week’s rankings.

North Carolina and Marquette re-entered the top ten while Kansas and Virginia Tech tumbled out following losses.

All in all, outside of the top-six teams, every team in this week’s rankings has a new number next to their name with the exception of (22) Mississippi State.

As of today, we’re less than six weeks away from Selection Sunday and only one thing is for sure; in college basketball this season, nothing is for sure.

THIS WEEK AHEAD

Monday January 28 7:00pm- (2) Duke at Notre Dame

Tuesday January 29 7:00pm- (3) Virginia at (23) North Carolina State

(11) Kansas at Texas

9:00pm- (7) Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Friday February 1 9:00pm- (21) Maryland at (24) Wisconsin

Saturday February 2 12:00pm- St. John’s at (2) Duke

(12) Virginia Tech vs (23) NC State

2:00pm- (9) North Carolina at (15) Louisville

4:00pm- (16) Texas Tech at (11) Kansas

Sunday February 3 12:00pm- Georgetown at (14) Villanova

Sterling Blount

Sterling Blount

Sterling Blount has been writing passionately about sports since 2011. Sterling has had a strong passion for sports since the age of four; watching anything from football and basketball to golf, lacrosse, and hockey. He first discovered his passion for writing during his freshman year of college. He has lived in the DMV for 26 years and currently covers the Washington Capitals and NCAA Men's Basketball.