Another crazy week to make sense of. Four of the top five, eight of the top 10, and 14 of the top 25 suffered at least one loss.
Kansas returned to the top spot it owned for the first two weeks of January in a near-unanimous vote, nabbing 63 of 65 first-place votes. The other two went to No. 2 Michigan State.
Here is how I voted this week, with each team's actual ranking in parenthesis.
1. Kansas (1): Jayhawks' nine-game win streak includes victories against ranked clubs from Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Baylor. Kansas gets No. 23 Texas on Monday night before looking for payback from a Jan. 25 loss against Iowa State on Saturday.
2. Michigan State (2): A three-game losing streak in January feels like a distant memory for the Spartans, whose only loss during a run of eight wins in nine games was a one-point overtime setback at Purdue.
3. Villanova (3): Wildcats' three-week run atop the poll was undone by a loss against Xavier.
4. Virginia (4): Cavaliers dropped just one spot in a wash of a week that included a loss against Miami and a win against North Carolina.
5. Oklahoma (6): It was a hot start but cold finish for Buddy Hield in a loss against Baylor.
6. Miami (Fla.) (7): Hurricanes enjoyed the best week of any ranked team, picking up wins against Virginia and Louisville.
7. North Carolina (8): Tar Heels drop one spot after a five-point loss against Virginia.
8. Xavier (5): I was ready to give Musketeers a solid bump from my fifth-place vote last week, but Xavier couldn't maintain the momentum from its win against No. 1 Villanova in a loss against Seton Hall.
9. West Virginia (10): Mountaineers moved up four spots following a solid week with wins against Oklahoma State and Iowa State.
10. Maryland (14): Terrapins' loss at Purdue was their third in four games. Star guard Melo Trimble has shot just 11-for-47 during that stretch.
11. Oregon (9): Wins against Washington State and Washington gave the Ducks the fifth undefeated home slate in program history, and the first since 2001-02.
12. Louisville (11): Cardinals topped Pitt but suffered a loss against surging Miami.
13. Iowa (16): Hawkeyes looked like the class of the Big Ten a month ago. Sunday's loss at Ohio State was Iowa's third in a row and fourth in five games, and Hawkeyes get to finish regular season against Indiana and Iowa.
14. Indiana (12): Hoosiers clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title, their second in four years.
15. Purdue (15): Boilermakers moved up five spots after topping Maryland.
16. Texas A&M (20): Bounced from the poll just a few weeks ago after losing five out of six, the Aggies have rebounded with a four-game win streak.
17. Baylor (19): After upset bid against Kansas fell short, Bears bounced back against TCU. In typical Big 12 fashion, Baylor closes the regular season at Oklahoma on Tuesday and at home against West Virginia on Saturday.
18. Texas (23): A 19-10 overall record doesn't jump off the page, but Longhorns have posted wins against North Carolina, Iowa State, Baylor, and two against West Virginia. Texas added Oklahoma to that list last week and gets a shot at Kansas Monday night.
19. Kentucky (22): Just when it appeared Wildcats were regaining their swagger, Saturday's loss at Vanderbilt was their second in three games.
20. Arizona (18): Wildcats' six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt at Colorado and Utah.
21. Iowa State (21): The Cyclones rotated wins and losses throughout January. ISU closes the regular season at home against Oklahoma State Monday night before taking a shot at No. 1 Kansas on the road.
22. SMU (24): Postseason-banned Mustangs will take a three-game win streak into the end of their memorable season against UConn and Cincinnati.
23. Utah (13): I wasn't quite ready to give the Utes the same bump generally afforded by other voters (Utah went from No. 22 to 13; I had them at 25 last week), but they certainly have had the look of a team peaking at the right time during a six-game win streak.
24. Seton Hall (NR; second among others receiving votes): Pirates have won eight out of nine, and a win against Xavier bolstered a tourney resume that already included a season sweep of Providence. In the actual poll, Cal was the lone newcomer at No. 25.
25. Duke (17): Hot-and-cold Blue Devils suffered second loss in three games Sunday at Pitt.
IN (my poll): Seton Hall
OUT: Notre Dame