Fasten your seat belts. We are experiencing quite a bit of turbulence in the power rankings this season. Indiana is back in the top spot, but the No. 1 ranking seems to make teams uncomfortable this season. Few have held on for more than one week. With Indiana hitting the road for games at Illinois and Ohio State, that trend may continue. The bumpy ride extends throughout the Top 25, however. Take a look.
1. Indiana -- The Hoosiers have won five straight since that Jan. 15 loss to Wisconsin and they move back to the No. 1 spot after holding off Michigan at home in front of a national audience Saturday night. Coach Tom Crean has an outstanding starting lineup, in addition to a strong bench. The Hoosiers thrive on offensive efficiency.
2. Michigan -- Coming off Saturday’s loss at Indiana, the Wolverines faced a must-win situation at home against Ohio State on Tuesday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. (23 points) was sizzling-hot from 3-point range and blocked Aaron Craft on the final play as Michigan won 76-74 in overtime. Michigan plays with great heart.
3. Miami -- The Hurricanes have won 10 straight and they’ve turned the ACC upside down. Miami already has defeated North Carolina, Duke and NC State in league play. Four ACC opponents have scored 50 points or less against them. The Hurricanes get North Carolina at home on Saturday and the rematch at Duke comes March. 2.
4. Gonzaga -- The Bulldogs are 12-1 since losing to Illinois on Dec. 8. That one loss was the 64-63 setback at Butler, of course. Gonzaga showed toughness in a close win at San Diego. This is a quality team that could finish undefeated in the West Coast Conference. Kelly Olynyk keeps coming through in the clutch.
5. Florida -- We had the Gators slotted for the No. 2 spot, thinking Florida would likely win at Arkansas by close to 25 points -- the average margin of victory for Billy Donovan’s team in SEC play. Then it happened. Arkansas 80, Florida 69. It wasn’t that close. Didn’t see that coming, did you?
6. Kansas -- After Oklahoma State roughed up the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse, coach Bill Self called his team soft and observed that he didn’t have a point guard. The next day, KU had a three-hour team meeting. “He’s my guy,” Self said of point guard Elijah Johnson after the meeting. KU fans are wondering how that will work out.
7. Arizona -- The Wildcats are back in the running for the Pac-12 regular season title after Oregon had a bad trip to the Bay Area schools last weekend. Next up, Stanford and Cal visit the McKale Center. Arizona must take care of business at home.
8. Duke -- The return of injured forward Ryan Kelly remains the focus of much debate. Some say Kelly is getting closer to return, then coach Mike Krzyzewski says he is hopeful that Kelly can return this season. The Devils miss Kelly’s big body and his defense.
9. Ohio State -- The Buckeyes lost at Michigan Tuesday night, but they took a big step forward at the same time. This game was played at a high level. Deshaun Thomas was outstanding, but he actually had some offensive support, led by LaQuinton Ross. And who plays better defense than Aaron Craft?
10. Louisville -- Rick Pitino broke out the all-white suit and the Cardinals responded with a big victory over Marquette. Guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva seemed back in form and that’s good news for Louisville, still very much a national title contender.
11. Michigan State -- The Spartans have won seven of eight and are in the thick of the Big Ten race again. The only loss in that stretch was at Indiana and Michigan State rebounded with an 80-75 victory over Illinois. MSU can avenge an earlier loss to Minnesota on Wednesday.
12. Syracuse -- The Orange bounced back from road losses to Villanova and Pittsburgh by tearing up Notre Dame on Monday in the Carrier Dome. Jim Boeheim called it “a big win.” Syracuse, playing with seven scholarship players, has a small margin for error right now with James Southerland (academics) and DaJuan Coleman (knee) out.
13. Creighton -- Doug McDermott scored 25 points as the Bluejays picked up their 20th win of the season by beating Bradley, 75-58. Next up is a tough Missouri Valley game for Creighton as the Bluejays visit Indiana State. The Sycamores are third in the conference and could move into the power rankings with an upset.
14. Butler -- There’s something worrisome about Butler’s last two outings. After a loss to Saint Louis, the Bulldogs got 23 from Rotnei Clarke and 18 from Roosevelt Jones but only defeated Rhode Island 75-68. Clarke says he needs to play smarter.
15. New Mexico -- After that stunning 55-34 loss to San Diego State, the Lobos have taken care of business. The challenges keep coming in the Mountain West, however. Air Force, fresh off a 70-67 victory over SDSU, visits Albuquerque Wednesday night.
16. Oklahoma State -- In the Big 12, any team that goes to Allen Fieldhouse and beats Kansas suddenly becomes a conference title contender. Markel Brown and Marcus Smart got everyone’s attention as the Cowboys knocked off the Jayhawks 85-80 on Saturday. Smart is one tough freshman.
17. Pittsburgh -- Not sure how many times the word “upset” was used to describe Pitt’s victory over Syracuse, but it was wrong every time. The Panthers have taken a while to come together but they are talented. Orange coach Jim Boeheim called Pitt “the best team we’ve played, without any question.”
18. Kansas State -- The Wildcats survived a scare Tuesday night at Texas Tech, holding on for a 68-59 win. Iowa State comes to Manhattan on Saturday before K-State travels to Kansas on Feb. 11. The Wildcats have already lost to both Big 12 teams.
19. Minnesota -- The Gophers haven’t notched a road win since beating Illinois in Champaign back on Jan. 9. They get a chance to do some road damage at Michigan State on Wednesday, then return home to take on Illinois and Wisconsin. It’s never easy in the Big Ten.
20. Georgetown -- People are sleeping on the Hoyas, but they are showing steady improvement. Since a Jan. 8 loss to Pitt, the Hoyas have gone 6-1, including victories over Notre Dame and Louisville. After a trip to Rutgers, Marquette visits Washington, D.C., for a huge Big East game.
21. Cincinnati -- There were red flags all over the place when the Bearcats lost back-to-back games against St. John’s and Notre Dame. Since then, Cincinnati’s only loss was a 57-55 setback at Syracuse. Providence, Pitt and Villanova are coming up in next seven days.
22. Oregon -- The Ducks had a lost weekend in the Bay Area, falling to Stanford and Cal. Oregon was playing against starting point guard Dominic Artis and backup Johnathan Loyd was injured against Cal. Ducks still have four road games remaining.
23. VCU -- Something must be said for being in first place in the Atlantic 10 and that’s where the Rams are right now -- just ahead of Butler, Charlotte and Saint Louis in this competitive conference. VCU beat Rhode Island and Fordham to snap a two-game losing streak.
24. NC State -- The Wolfpack aren’t the same without Lorenzo Brown, but every team battles injuries at some point in the season. NC State was ready to celebrate a win over Miami until Reggie Johnson’s tip-in with 0.8 seconds left saddled the Wolfpack with a second consecutive loss.
25. Marquette -- The only good news at Louisville was an early 9-1 lead. Marquette ultimately shot 36 percent and was outrebounded 38-26. The Golden Eagles should regroup quickly from their 70-51 loss to the Cardinals with USF and DePaul next up.