ESPN.com's Power Rankings: Feb. 25

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Editor's note: These rankings are reflective of games through Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Kansas keeps its hold on the top spot in this week's power rankings. Kentucky, Syracuse, Purdue and Duke round out the top five.

Maryland returns to the rankings at No. 22.

Here are this week's Power Rankings:



Power Rankings | Voters 1-4 | Voters 5-9
Power Rankings
 RK (LW)TEAMRECORDPOINTSCOMMENTS
1 (1)Kansas (9)27-1225Kansas swept aside Oklahoma on Monday night to claim its sixth straight conference title. The last time the Jayhawks had a streak like that Phog Allen was the coach, not the name of the gym (1922-27).
2 (2)Kentucky26-1216The Wildcats passed a big test Saturday, beating Vanderbilt on the road on a night when they weren't playing well. They can right the only wrong in their loss column with a rematch against South Carolina at Rupp tonight (ESPN2, 9 ET).
3 (4)Syracuse26-2203Syracuse rebounded from its loss to Louisville with consecutive road wins over Georgetown and Providence. It all sets up Saturday's titanic showdown at the Carrier Dome against Villanova.
4 (3)Purdue24-3196Purdue's win over Minnesota maintains its one-game cushion over Michigan State leading into Sunday's rematch in West Lafayette. But it came as a heavy cost, as Robbie Hummel tore his ACL is out for the remainder of the season.
5 (6)Duke23-4189Duke's race toward the ACC title will take a slight detour with a nonconference visit from Tulsa tonight (ESPN2, 7 ET). The Blue Devils finish the regular season with road trips to Virginia and Maryland followed by a visit from UNC.
6 (7)Kansas State23-4180The Wildcats are unbeaten since a Jan. 30 loss to Kansas. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks also haven't slipped since, ending KSU's Big 12 title hopes.
7 (5)Villanova23-4173The Wildcats lost two games in a row and it seemed the sky was falling and their season was caving in. On the contrary: A win over South Florida on Wednesday night leaves Nova a game behind Syracuse heading into Saturday's visit to the Carrier Dome.
8 (12)Ohio State22-7156The Buckeyes, who end their regular season with home games against Michigan and Illinois, will be among the more interested third parties watching Michigan State-Purdue.
9 (11)Georgetown19-7141Georgetown has been a difficult team to figure out late in the season. One day the Hoyas slam Duke; the next they lose to South Florida. One day they slam Villanova; the next they fall to Rutgers. On Saturday, they host a Notre Dame team desperate for another marquee win to bolster its profile.
10 (14)Brigham Young26-3132All signs point to Saturday for BYU. The Cougars handled San Diego State on Wednesday night behind Jimmer Fredette's 26 points, setting up this weekend's MWC first-place showdown against New Mexico.
11 (8)West Virginia21-6130A loss to UConn on Monday severely damaged WVU's hopes of catching Villanova or Syracuse in the Big East standings. The Mountaineers end the regular season with visits from Cincinnati and Georgetown and a trip to Villanova.
12 (13)New Mexico26-3122It's fitting that New Mexico is so close to BYU in the standings. Both are tied in the loss column (the Lobos won the first matchup) heading into Saturday's MWC matchup. The Lobos close the regular season with a visit from TCU.
13 (17)Butler25-4115A BracketBusters win over Siena was a nice break from the monotony/domination of Horizon play. The Bulldogs visit Valparaiso on Friday in their final regular-season tuneup.
14 (9)Michigan State21-7112Kalin Lucas said the Spartans' loss to Ohio State on Sunday was "all me." That's probably harsh, but MSU will need all of Lucas and more in a must-win game at Purdue on Sunday.
15 (16)Vanderbilt20-6107Vanderbilt let a win over Kentucky -- and most likely a shot at the SEC title -- out of its grasp Saturday night. The Commodores host Georgia tonight before hitting the road to face Arkansas and Florida.
16 (20)Temple23-587The three-way logjam atop the A-10 standings appears headed to the final stretch. Temple doesn't face either of the two teams it shares first place with (Richmond, Xavier) in its final three regular-season games.
17 (10)Gonzaga22-578It turns out it's not the likes of Saint Mary's or Portland that Gonzaga has to worry about in conference play, but San Francisco and Loyola Marymount. Go figure. The Zags end the regular season with three consecutive home games.
18 (19)Pittsburgh21-764Pitt and Notre Dame both attempted the same number of 3-pointers Wednesday night. The only difference is that the Irish made 10, while the Panthers only connected on four in a 15-point loss in South Bend, Ind. The Panthers visit St. John's on Saturday.
19 (15)Wisconsin20-762Jon Leuer scored 11 points in a win over Northwestern, his second game back after missing nine games with a broken wrist. The Badgers finish the regular season with Indiana (road), Iowa (home) and Illinois (road).
20 (25)Texas22-653It took more than a month, but the Longhorns finally strung together consecutive wins after topping Oklahoma State on Wednesday night. Texas visits Texas A&M on Saturday.
21 (25)Richmond22-648The three-way logjam atop the A-10 standings will come to an end Sunday after Richmond's visit to Xavier. It won't get any easier the rest of the way for the Spiders, as they finish by hosting Dayton and visiting Charlotte.
22 (30)Maryland20-728Since losing to Duke on Feb. 13, the Terps have won four in a row to remain within striking distance of the Blue Devils atop the ACC standings. Maryland visits Virginia Tech on Saturday before hosting a rematch with Duke on March 3.
23 (21)Tennessee20-727When Tennessee faced Kentucky on Feb. 13, the Vols shot 38 percent from the field, including 26 percent from 3-point range in a loss. They'll have to improve upon those marks to hang with the Wildcats on Saturday in the rematch.
24 (18)Baylor21-619LaceDarius Dunn scored 23 points, including a couple of pivotal 3s late, to help Baylor hold off Texas A&M at home, 70-66. The Bears visit Oklahoma on Saturday.
25 (22)Texas A&M19-817Texas A&M fell to Baylor on the road Wednesday night. The Aggies finish the regular season with visits from Texas and Oklahoma State, ending with a road trip to Oklahoma.
Others receiving votes: Missouri (14), UTEP (14), Xavier (10), Wake Forest (5), Connecticut (2)

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