The top six conferences in ESPN Stats and Info’s weekly college basketball power rankings remained unchanged this past week, and for the first time this season a conference other than the Big East received the highest bonus from the human polls.
The Big Ten continues to dominate the computer rankings, but for the first time this season the conference received the most bonus points from the human polls. There are five Big Ten teams ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls, the same number as last week. But largely due to the Big East’s struggles, the Big Ten had the highest human bonus this week.
It was a tough week for the Big East. The conference saw Pittsburgh Panthers fall out of both Top 25 polls, Marquette Golden Eagles lose a home game to Vanderbilt Commodores, and Louisville Cardinals drop from fourth to 10th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The conference saw their human bonus decrease from 19.3 percent last week to 16.7 percent this week.
While the Big East struggled, it was a strong week for the Big 12. The conference got a boost from the human polls this week, moving within a few percentage points of the Big Ten. Kansas State Wildcats cemented its place in both Top 25 polls, while Baylor Bears and Missouri Tigers each rose a few spots in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
The biggest mover this week was the Missouri Valley Conference, which jumped up two spots from ninth to seventh. Despite having just one team ranked in either poll (Creighton Bluejays), the MVC saw a nearly 10-point increase in the computer rankings from last week.