Feb 9, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) reacts against the Texas Longhorns during the second half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Oklahoma State beat Texas 72-59. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Wildcat Blue Nation Top 25: The Indiana Hoosiers take over the top spot

Coming into this season everybody knew that college basketball was down as far as overall talent and dominate teams, but I don’t think anybody expected this many upsets during the season. I have watched college basketball for a long time, and can’t ever remember this many upsets.

The biggest upset of the week came late Saturday night when Maryland took down #2 Duke. The Blue Devils haven’t been the same team since Ryan Kelly went down earlier in the year, but Maryland playing at home isn’t a real bad loss for Duke. As of now they still have a #1 seed for their resume earlier in the season when they beat Louisville, Kentucky, and a handful of other top 5 teams at the time. Alex Len was the X factor for Maryland as he had 19 points, and 9 rebounds.

A team that isn’t getting much credit for what they are doing is Oklahoma State. The Cowboys went into Kansas, and beat them to end the nations longest home winning streak a couple weeks ago, and haven’t looked back since. Oklahoma State now have a record of 19-5, and may have the best player in the nation in freshman Marcus Smart. Smart changes the game more than anybody in the country on the offensive end with his versatility. Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma on Saturday 84-79 behind 28 points from Marcus Smart, and move into the top 15 this week.

Indiana is starting to look like the best team in the nation, like everybody thought they would be to begin the season. Victor Oladipo, and Cody Zeller may be one of the best one-two punches in the nation, and if Indiana is hitting from the outside they are very hard to beat. The Hoosiers have one thing going against them though, the NCAA tournament isn’t played in Bloomington, and Indiana has struggled away from home under Tom Crean.

Here is this weeks top 25………

  1. Indiana
  2. Miami (FL)
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Michigan State
  5. Michigan
  6. Florida
  7. Duke
  8. Kansas
  9. Syracuse
  10. Arizona
  11. Georgetown
  12. Kansas State
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Butler
  15. Louisville
  16. Marquette
  17. Wisconsin
  18. New Mexico
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Ohio State
  21. Minnesota
  22. Memphis
  23. Colorado State
  24. Creighton
  25. Notre Dame

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