It’s Week 19 in the countdown to March Madness 2020. The ever-changing top 10 NCAA basketball championship odds and power rankings have once again proved the chaos that one week of basketball could create.
The NCAA basketball rankings list and the odds to win the 2020 March Madness tournament have shifted a bit. Here’s what you missed.
In the transition from the college basketball rankings of Week 18 into Week 19, there are some familiar faces in the ranks.
However, there are also a few more underdogs, trekking through March Madness, clawing their way into NCAA basketball’s top 10.
Current NCAA College Basketball Rankings
Here are the current college basketball rankings as we prepare for March Madness 2020.
College Basketball Top 10 for Week 19
1. Kansas (27-3)
The Jayhawks are still fighting strongly to keep their No. 1 spot in the top 10 power teams for Week 19. Kansas was able to defeat TSU (75-66) and Texas Tech (66-62), but all that means in March Madness is they live to fight another day. Their opponent for March 12 is yet to be decided.
Yet, whoever it is, they are going to have to keep their streak going to still hold this position next week as Gonzaga, Dayton and San Diego State are all just a heartbeat away from taking the No. 1 spot.
2. Gonzaga (29-2)
Gonzaga was given a rare gift during March Madness; they did not have a game all last week. Plus, they were able to maintain their second spot. If they took advantage of the break in the right way, they could maintain their ranking. However, now is not the time to be taking breaks and, considering it allowed Dayton and San Diego State to match the Bulldog’s winning score. That means that it only takes one misstep for either of these two teams to overtake them, causing Gonzaga to plummet down the rankings.
The good news for Gonzaga is that they have a chance to prove themselves once again when they face off against San Francisco. This should not be a difficult game for them to win, but March Madness 2020 has been ripe with surprises thus far, so there is no guarantee.
3. Dayton (29-2)
The Dayton Flyers managed to keep their rank this week, too, with a 5-0 winning streak. The Flyers had a particularly busy week, with two wins, over Rhode Island (84-57) and George Washington University (76-51).
This propelled them to the top in the Atlantic 10 division. However, to maintain their position and to press forward, Dayton is going to have to continue their lucky streak this Friday, March 13, and dominate whichever team they are pitted against.
4. San Diego State (29-2)
San Diego State managed to overtake Baylor, but the game against the Mountain West Tournament runner-up, Utah State ended their winning streak on Saturday. Granted, San Diego State had a rough three-day run, where they managed to beat Air Force (73-60) on Thursday and Boise State (81-68) on Friday, but they couldn’t quite keep up the victories, falling to Utah State (56-59.)
Thankfully, their previous record is good, which helps the Aztecs possibly maintain their spot as they take a rest throughout Week 19.
5. Baylor (26-4)
Baylor is hanging on to their top five rank by the skin of their fingernails, as they suffered a devastating blow when they lost to West Virginia over the weekend (64-76). Still, the team’s triumph a few days before against Texas Tech (71-68) helped cushion the blow a little, which allowed them to only slip down one rank for Week 19.
Yet, to maintain its position, it needs to win against the yet undecided team the Bears are scheduled to play on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
6. Duke (25-6)
Duke has stayed strong, catapulting itself back through the ranks after a bout of bad luck, to land just shy of the top five this week. Last week, Duke wasn’t even on the top 10 radar and now, they are sitting securely in a place of honor, a runner-up to the top five.
If Duke can keep this up throughout Week 19, with their next game scheduled on Thursday, they may have the opportunity to make another leap, overtaking teams that have maintained a skillful advantage in the ranks thus far. Duke has shown its determination, so there is no doubt they will be a contender for any team they are placed against this week and moving forward.
7. Michigan State (22-9)
Michigan State has come a long way since their iffy win/lose streak broke at the end of February, starting a five-game winning streak. Their rush of wins has helped to bring them securely into the Top 10 Power Teams, knocking out Seaton Hall and Maryland and overtaking Florida State’s spot from last week.
However, Michigan State still has a while to go, with the outcome of their Friday the 13th game being pivotal to their continued success and ranking.
8. Louisville (24-7)
Louisville hasn’t given up yet and their perseverance is showing as the team climbs back up the ranks into a little more comfortable eighth place position. With Selection Sunday just a few days away, eighth is not a premier spot to be in, but it is certainly a better position than they have been in the past few weeks.
Nevertheless, the Cardinals will have to have a better game than they did on Saturday when they lost to the Virginia Cavaliers (54-57). With BYU right on their tail, the Cardinals need to secure a win if they don’t want to be overtaken.
9. BYU (23-7)
BYU is back in action, with an awesome nine-game winning streak that is going to be put to the test again tonight, against the St. Mary’s Gaels. After getting pushed around earlier in the season, BYU is fighting hard to keep its place in the Top 10 Power Teams ranking. They have a long way to go to reach No. 1, but slowly, they continue to overcome their opponents.
10. Florida State (26-5)
Florida State slid further down the top 10 rankings this week, now barely hanging on to the last spot. Even though they squeaked out a win against Notre Dame (73-71) and devoured Boston College on (80- 62), they were still unable to keep their spot. Fortunately, though, the wins did help to keep them in the top 10.
Now, the question is, do they have what it takes to win their Thursday game and, even if they do, will it be enough to keep and possibly help their rank? That is part of the fun of March Madness.
Current NCAA Basketball Championship Odds
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Week 19 Futures – NCAA Favorites To Win March Madness 2020
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Selection Sunday is coming up on March 15, which will secure the finalists for the final four weeks of the March Madness tournament. But don’t worry, we’ll be right here updating the new NCAA basketball championship odds.
So far, this tournament has been a roller coaster of emotions, wins and losses for players and fans alike. Heading into Week 20, players need to be at their best. This is where the tables turn, and it is decided who are simply the basketball players and who are the potential March Madness 2020 champions.
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