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Rankings Review: 2/13/2015

ND is hanging around the fringe of the Top-10 in most polls after the blowout loss to Duke. With the Irish off this weekend, any movement would have to come through losses by teams above them.

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Ranking: AP Coaches SBN Power Ranking ESPN Power Ranking Titus* Winn KenPom RPI BPI SBN Bracketology Lunardi CBS Bracketology
This Week 10th 11th 19th 12th NR 9th 18th 26th 16th 3 Seed 3 Seed 3 Seed
Last Week 10th 10th No Update 9th 9th 9th 14th 29th 12th 3 Seed 3 Seed 3 Seed

*Titus only ranks his Top 12 teams

For the first time in the last few weeks, there's actually some differing opinions regarding where ND should be ranked. I personally expected the Irish to drop further than they did after the Duke debacle, but the two major polls didn't punish ND much at all. Titus, and folks voting for the ESPN and SB Nation Power Rankings did drop the Irish more significantly, but none of the Bracketologies moved ND off of the 3 line. Notre Dame's RPI continues to improve regardless of the on-the-court results due to the strength of schedule getting tougher as more ACC games are factored in. In KenPom, ND dropped to the #3 overall offense after two 60 point performances against Duke and Clemson, and the defense dropped one spot from 149 to 150. Hopefully the time off will lead to better shooting and quicker feet on D against Wake Forest on Tuesday.

With the win over Clemson on Tuesday, and no game this weekend, ND's movement in next week's polls will likely be determined by the play of the teams around them. Keep an eye on Villanova (@ #18 Butler), Louisville (NC State), and Kansas (#16 Baylor) Saturday for potential upsets. With Virginia and Kentucky both having close calls this week, a loss by anyone in the top 10 wouldn't be too surprising. Even if all the favorites hold serve, ND will still be alone in second place in the ACC at the end of the weekend which is more than we could have hoped for in October.