Updated: February 2, 2016, 4:01 PM ET

ESPN.com Power Rankings: Feb. 2


Trying to figure out the Big Ten isn't easy. But then what conference is these days?

One day, you think Iowa has the league locked up. The next day, it could be Maryland. The day after that, maybe Michigan. After that ... well, you get the picture.

Five Big Ten teams are in the Power Rankings. All five have a shot at the conference title. (Actually, there are still eight teams within shouting distance of leaders Indiana and Iowa.

The picture is far from clear.

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 Oklahoma18-2
The Sooners survived a scare from Ben Simmons and LSU. But the difference, as it has been much of the season, was Buddy Hield (32 points).
2 Villanova18-3
It wasn't exactly pretty, but Villanova bounced back from its loss to Providence by beating St. John's. Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart both had double-doubles.
3 North Carolina19-3
The Tar Heels' perfect ACC record finally got its first blemish in a road loss to Louisville on Monday. UNC shot just 34.5 percent from the field.
4 Maryland19-3
The Terrapins stayed in the conference title hunt with a win over Iowa, then held off Ohio State on the road to remain in a tie for second place.
5 Iowa17-4
The Hawkeyes didn't get the kind of performance they have come to expect from Jarrod Uthoff in the loss to Maryland. He was held to single-digit scoring (nine points) for the first time this season.
6 Xavier19-2
Leading scorer Trevon Bluiett is consistent: He has scored 15 points in each of his past three games, all Musketeers' wins.
7 Kansas17-4
The Jayhawks needed OT to beat Kentucky at home in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Wayne Selden went for a season-high 33 points.
8 Texas A&M18-3
Senior Jalen Jones has three double-doubles in his past five games. The most recent one, a 13-point, 14-rebound effort, led to a win over Iowa State.
9 Virginia17-4
The Cavaliers dismantled Louisville on the road. Virginia shot 57.8 percent from the floor while limiting the Cardinals to 32.7.
10 Michigan State19-4
After losing three in a row, the Spartans have come back to win three straight, the past two by a combined 65 points.
11 Iowa State16-5
The Cyclones are at the back end of a three-game stretch against highly ranked teams. They beat Kansas, then lost to Texas A&M. Up next: West Virginia.
12 Providence18-4
The Friars handed Villanova its only Big East loss so far. Providence gets a chance for two in a rematch with the Wildcats on Saturday.
13 Louisville18-4
The Cardinals might win the award for having the weirdest week: They were drilled at home against Virginia, then knocked off No. 2 North Carolina.
14 West Virginia17-4
The Mountaineers were handled by Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. "Press-Virginia" gave up 88 points and allowed the Gators to shoot 53.1 percent.
15 Oregon18-4
The Ducks stand atop the wild and wacky Pac-12. Four straight wins, including two against opponents ranked at the time, have Oregon at 7-2 in the league.
16 Miami (FL)16-4
All three of the Hurricanes' ACC losses have come on the road. The problem in the latest one? NC State's Anthony "Cat" Barber, who dropped 30 on Miami.
17 Kentucky16-5
Even though it was a loss, the Wildcats showed signs of life in an overtime loss at Kansas. Tyler Ulis' 26 points and eight assists led the way.
18 Wichita St16-5
The worry about the Shockers seems to have faded, thanks to a 10-0 start in the Missouri Valley Conference.
19 Baylor17-5
The Bears dropped a tough one at home, falling to Texas. That's Baylor's second Big 12 loss of the season.
20 Purdue19-4
The Boilermakers are still a factor in the Big Ten race. To remain one, though, they must get a win Saturday at Maryland.
21 SMU19-2
The Mustangs opened the season with 18 straight wins, but they've now lost two of three, scoring just 29 points in the second half against Houston.
22 Indiana18-4
The Hoosiers finally suffered their first Big Ten loss but remain in a tie for the league lead with Iowa. The schedule gets harder soon: Iowa and MSU are lurking next week.
23 Arizona17-5
The Wildcats stopped its mini two-game losing streak by routing Oregon State. Arizona needs more games like the one it got against the Beavers from Gabe York (24 points, seven rebounds).
24 Dayton18-3
Here comes Archie Miller's team -- again. The Flyers have won six in a row. In the past two, Dayton held Saint Louis and La Salle to 37 and 44 points.
25 Texas15-7
The Longhorns got a big win on the road, beating Baylor. Shaka Smart is getting results in his first season in Austin.

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