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SB Nation Power 16 Ballot: Week 9

Here is our preliminary week 9 ballot.

Rank Team Record Conference Delta
1 Syracuse
28-2 Big East
 1
2 Kansas
27-2 Big 12
 1
3 Duke 25-5 ACC  2
4 Kentucky
27-2 SEC
--
5 Ohio State 24-7 Big Ten  2
6 Kansas State
24-5 Big 12
--
7 Purdue
24-4 Big Ten
 5
8 West Virginia
23-6 Big East  4
9 Maryland
22-7 ACC
 5
10 Wisconsin
21-7 Big Ten
 3
11 New Mexico
27-3 Mountain West
 3
12 Butler 26-4 Horizon
3
13 Vanderibilt
23-6 SEC NEW
14 Tennessee
21-7 SEC
NEW
15 Gonzaga
25-5 West Coast NEW
16 Clemson
21-8 ACC
NEW

 

Thoughts:

  • Syracuse keeps rolling while Kansas was tripped up at Oklahoma State, so 1 and 2 are flipped this week.
  • Duke moving up 2 is more a product of what the teams ahead of them last week did this week than anything Duke did (yes, I know they just lost to Maryland). However, Kentucky, Kansas and Purdue had their own losses this week.
  • Still don't understand Wisco. They keep winning, but didn't really do much to climb in the rankings this week. Similarly, New Mexico and Butler fall not for anything they did but based on the strength of what other major conference teams around them did.
  • New to the ballot this week is Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Gonzaga and Clemson. 

Dropped Out: Georgetown (#10), Villanova (#11), Florida State (#15), Brigham Young (#16)

Welcome (Back): Vanderbilt (#13), Tennessee (#14), Gonzaga (#15), Clemson (#16)

Maybe Next Week: Georgetown, Villanova, Brigham Young, Texas, Florida State

By Conference: ACC 3, Big Ten 3, SEC 3, Big East 2, Big 12 2, Horizon 1, West Coast 1, Mountain West 1