Updated: December 16, 2014, 9:32 AM ET

ESPN.com Power Rankings: Dec. 16


Kentucky worked over North Carolina this past weekend, the latest example of why it might be a while -- a long while -- before anyone unseats the Wildcats at the the top of the charts.

The biggest mover and shaker of the week? Notre Dame, which climbed into the rankings and right up to 20. Those hanging on to stay around a big longer? That would be Butler and North Carolina.

Voters: Eamonn Brennan (ESPN.com), C.L. Brown (ESPN), Sean Farnham (ESPN), John Gasaway (ESPN Insider), Jeff Goodman (ESPN Insider), Seth Greenberg (ESPN analyst), Andy Katz (ESPN.com), Joe Lunardi (ESPN), Myron Medcalf (ESPN.com), Dana O'Neil (ESPN.com).

RkTeamRec
1 Kentucky11-0
The Wildcats lost Alex Poythress to a season-ending knee injury, but bounced back to beat North Carolina with a 49-point first half.
2 Duke9-0
Jahlil Okafor had a stat line Duke fans have been dreaming about -- 25 points and 20 boards -- in Duke's win over Elon on Monday.
3 Arizona10-0
Arizona routed struggling Michigan in a matchup that looked much better when the season started. Arizona is 10-0 for the third consecutive year.
4 Louisville9-0
How good are the Cardinals? They had trouble putting away UNC Wilmington, but a real test comes Dec. 27 when they face No. 1 Kentucky.
5 Wisconsin10-1
Have won three in a row since falling to Duke. Four starters scored in double figures in most recent win, with Sam Dekker's ankle looking healthy.
6 Virginia9-0
Haven't played since win at VCU, where the Cavaliers shot 68.3 percent from the field. Virginia is 9-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
7 Villanova10-0
Nova took care of Illinois at the Jimmy V Classic, tying its season high with 42 points in the paint. Can the Wildcats do the same against Syracuse?
8 Gonzaga10-1
How to bounce back from an overtime loss to Arizona? Beat up on two other Pac-12 teams, which Gonzaga did with wins against Washington State and UCLA.
9 Texas8-1
The Longhorns didn't have much of a test after losing to Kentucky. They allowed only 27 points in a rout of Texas State.
10 Kansas8-1
Another good week for the Jayhawks, with wins over No. 13 Utah and at Georgetown. Kansas' win streak is at seven and should keep growing.
11 Wichita St7-1
Wichita State needed a second-half rally to escape with a win at Detroit. Coupled with a victory over Seton Hall, the Shockers' win streak is back to three.
12 Iowa State8-1
The Cyclones had a volatile week, playing -- and beating -- rival Iowa, then the suspension of Bryce Dejean-Jones.
13 Ohio State8-1
The schedule has been easy since that Dec. 2 loss against Louisville. But business will pick up Sunday with a date against North Carolina.
14 Oklahoma6-2
Buddy Hield's numbers are still good -- 16.0 PPG, 5.9 RBP -- despite a drop-off in his field goal percentage; he's gone from 44.5 percent last year to 36.4 percent this season.
15 Utah7-2
The Utes had a chance for a second big win this season but couldn't close the door against Kansas. Still, that hard-fought loss and a win over Wichita State has made it a good nonconference run.
16 Washington8-0
The Huskies are still perfect, but that will be tested when they play Oklahoma on Saturday night. Washington is third in the nation in blocks.
17 San Diego St7-2
It's still a slog for the Aztecs. They remain near the bottom in the nation in scoring (278th) and barely eked out a one-point win against Long Beach State.
18 Maryland10-1
The Terrapins haven't been at full strength, still missing leading scorer Dez Wells. It's showed, with a slow start against USC Upstate before getting the win.
19 Miami (FL)9-1
Sheldon McClellan isn't the same player he was at Texas two seasons ago. There he shot 38.2 percent from the floor. So far this season with Miami he's shooting 57.8.
20 Notre Dame10-1
The Fighting Irish get good shots and then make them. Notre Dame leads the nation in field goal percentage (55.7), which helps translate into the seventh-best scoring (84.9 PPG).
21 St. John's8-1
Steve Lavin's team got its early signature win against Syracuse. But Friday night provides another test when it plays a good 6-1 Saint Mary's team.
22 West Virginia9-1
Juwan Staten has struggled a bit from the floor over his past three games, hitting on just 14 of his 43 shots.
23 Butler8-2
Despite the 12-point loss against Tennessee, the Bulldogs remain, though they plunged a bit with the voters.
24 Michigan St7-3
The Spartans should have an easy run for the next two weeks before opening the Big Ten season with Maryland on Dec. 30.
25 North Carolina6-3
North Carolina was outmanned by Kentucky over the weekend in Lexington. On the bright side for the Tar Heels: That's going to happen to a lot of teams this season.

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