Don’t point out the 7-1s to Brazil.
Kansas, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Notre Dame, and Florida all lost to unranked teams. Just a typical week in college basketball.
1. Duke 11-0
The Blue Devils’ cramped schedule finally pays off, as Duke only plays three games for the rest of December. Duke put up a massive 124 points in a game against Saint Francis, including 71 in the first half. Mental.
2. Michigan State 8-1
Blowout victories over Notre Dame and North Carolina have buoyed the Spartans, and MSU keeps blowing out opponents. Rutgers is the latest opponent to stand no chance against Miles Bridges and Co.
3. Villanova 9-0
The Wildcats asserted themselves as a Final Four threat with a win over Gonzaga, an 88-72 blowout. Mikal Bridges has transformed into a star, and Jalen Brunson is a terrific point guard.
4. Miami 8-0
Nothing noteworthy, as the ‘Canes beat Boston U by 15, and remain stationary.
5. Wichita State 7-1
The Shockers took care of South Dakota State, but the most impressive aspect is the improvement of Baylor, who Wichita State handled 69-60. Gregg Marshall’s team has a great chance at a #1 seed come March.
6. North Carolina 9-1
Many teams in this range lost, so UNC vaults a few places despite only playing Western Carolina. Luke Maye’s incredible production continues to astound the nation, but can the forward string good performances together in ACC play?
7. Kentucky 7-1
The Wildcats haven’t played anyone good other than Kansas, but continue to win games. Kentucky thanks preseason projections.
8. Xavier 8-1
The Musketeers’ meteoric rise (#12 last week) continues, as some help provides Xavier with a top 10 appearance. However, Trevon Bluiett’s inconsistency needs to resolve itself if the shooting guard wants to lead Xavier anywhere.
9. Texas A&M 7-1
In preseason, every Aggie fan would’ve taken a three point loss to preseason #2 Arizona. Now, the three-loss Wildcats seem uncertain of where they want to go. Texas A&M falls to #9, and should hang around until games against Tennessee and Kentucky.
10. Kansas 7-1
Devonte Graham is human. Kansas dropped a strange game to Washington, and falls to the ten spot. Sunday, the Jayhawks face a massive non-conference test against Arizona State.
11. Arizona State 7-0
The Sun Devils will need to get past an interesting game against St. John’s before the massive Kansas clash. Sunday will be fun.
12. Minnesota 8-2
Losing to Nebraska hurts, but the Golden Gophers could get on a roll heading into a Feb. 13 Michigan State clash. Pending Purdue, the Spartans have circled the Gophers in red.
13. West Virginia 8-1
Not only beating Virginia, but dominating the Cavaliers is what catapults WVU so high. The Mountaineers haven’t lost since the Texas A&M game, and could be the best challenger for Kansas in the Big 12.
14. Tennessee 6-1
The Vols keep winning. The latest to be trounced is Georgia Tech, which is not a given. Tennessee could be on the brink of something special. In the words of Rick Barnes, “Look at little ol’
15. Gonzaga 7-2
The Zags may be WCC favorites, but Gonzaga will need to stay close against high-quality opposition. Villanova had its way against the lackluster side. Gonzaga needs to get better.
16. Seton Hall 7-1
The Pirates wrecked Louisville and Texas Tech, and rise to the #16 spot. The Desi Rodriguez—Angel Delgado tandem is working well.
17. Notre Dame 7-2
You can’t lose to Ball State and expect not to plummet. The Irish were awful in their second loss of the season, and fall a long way.
18. Cincinnati 7-1
The Bearcats were blown out in the Crosstown Shootout by Xavier, and fall due to a nonexistent strength of schedule otherwise. Western Carolina keeps showing up on the records of top 25 teams.
19. Purdue 9-2
The Boilermakers are off to a 2-0 start in Big 10 play, and looked impressive. Expect Purdue to keep winning until a mid-January showdown with Minnesota.
20. Florida State 8-0
A demolition of Florida helps, and an undefeated record isn’t too bad either. FSU won’t drop off too much in the loaded ACC, and that’s a wonderful achievement.
21. TCU 9-0
The Horned Frogs find themselves ranked after demolishing SMU, and undefeated records look nice.
22. Baylor 6-2
The Bears didn’t play.
23. Virginia 8-2
The Cavaliers did play, and West Virginia says thanks.
24. Creighton 6-2
25. USC 4-2
First five out: Clemson, Houston, Georgia, Syracuse, Oklahoma