Now things are starting to get interesting.
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge is behind us and we now know that the ACC is the best conference in college basketball. This is also Week 14 in college football which means college basketball has its first Saturday to truly shine with some huge games. In addition, conference play is starting. Yeah, I’m looking at the Big Ten in this one. Really, you’re conference tournament is in New York? That makes no sense!
Regardless of my feelings on the Big Ten, we’ve got some NCAAB Power Rankings to get to. As you will see, there is a bit of a different format. I’ve decided to start doing a Top 32 instead of Top 25. I think it’ll work.
1. Duke (9-0)
- Duke is the rightful #1 team in college basketball. There’s no way around it. They’ve played a tough schedule with wins over Michigan State, Texas, Florida, and even Indiana if you consider them a tough win. They’ve got South Dakota and St. Francis (PA) this week before they kick off ACC play against Boston College next week. Expect them to be in the same position.
2. Villanova (7-0)
- Villanova survived Atlantis and will now turn their attention to a week that will really test their offensive ability. The big game of the week is their home game against Gonzaga, but Nova also has to travel to St. Joe’s on Saturday and that’s a trap game if I’ve ever seen one before.
3. Kansas (6-0)
- Kansas is pretty shorthanded at the moment with Billy Preston’s injury he suffered in a car accident. Bill Self, being the great coach that he his, decided to turn to the football team to help him with the practice squad. This is genius because it might allow those players to escape the pit of misery that is Kansas football. Dilly dilly!
4. Michigan State (6-1)
- I am sold on Michigan State. This week saw them shut down both North Carolina and Notre Dame on the defensive end. And they did it in a way that made them look like a championship team too.
5. Kentucky (6-1)
- The only thing I can say about Kentucky is that they continue to get better. And that’s all they need at this point.
6. Florida (5-1)
- That 2OT win over Gonzaga was one of the best games I’ve seen this year and it was crucial for Florida to get a big non-conference win like that in the PK80. This Florida team took Duke to the wire too, so props to them. The SEC race will be a fun one.
7. Notre Dame (6-1)
- Over a week ago, they rallied behind to take down Wichita State. Simply put, that wasn’t the case against Michigan State. Although this team is very talented, they’ve still got a lot of work to do.
8. Wichita State (5-1)
- I think the Notre Dame loss was very eye-opening for the lengthy Wichita State Shockers. The tough matchups don’t stop for Wichita State, however, as they’ve got a few Big 12 opponents to face in the next couple of weeks.
9. North Carolina (6-1)
- North Carolina’s current strength of schedule is #44. I personally feel as if that undersells the tough games that UNC has played.
10. Cincinnati (7-0)
- Cincinnati plays Xavier on Saturday. I promise you that’s all they’re thinking about right now.
11. Miami (FL) (6-0)
- We all knew Miami was pretty good, but we truly didn’t know how good they were until Thursday night when they stormed into the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and took them down in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. That’s a win that could propel their season to the next level.
12. Gonzaga (6-1)
- Many think that I’m riding too high on Gonzaga, but I am of the belief that their offense can play with anyone in the country. My point will be made clearer when they take down both Creighton and Villanova this week.
13. Texas A&M (7-0)
- The Aggies have really made the SEC race very interesting. Kentucky and Florida better be on the lookout for the team that went to Los Angeles and destroyed USC.
14. Minnesota (7-1)
- They almost got beat by Alabama when they had two more people on the floor than their opponent.
15. USC (4-1)
- USC shouldn’t mull over their Texas A&M loss because it was just a great showing by the Aggies. The Trojans are better than that performance and they’ve got a chance to prove it to themselves and the country this weekend when they take on SMU.
16. Virginia (7-0)
- Just like last year, Virginia’s defense is the best in the country. And my guy, Kyle Guy (See what I did there?), is going off for the Cavaliers. That West Virginia game this week will give them another opportunity for them to strut their stuff. This isn’t a fashion show, but you get the idea.
17. Louisville (4-1)
- Rick Pitino has sued Louisville for a breach of contract. I think Louisville should sue Pitino for being a b****.
18. Alabama (6-1)
- Alabama gets a gold star for their 3-on-5 performance against Minnesota.
19. Xavier (6-1)
- Xavier plays Cincinnati on Saturday. I promise you that’s all they’re thinking about right now.
20. Baylor (5-1)
- Forward Terry Maston is out until January with a broken hand. They’re going to need someone to step up and be their 6th man quick.
21. TCU (7-0)
- TCU’s easy schedule has coasted them to a 7-0 record just like last year.
22. West Virginia (7-1)
- NJIT tried.
23. Seton Hall (6-1)
- Seton Hall is fun to watch, especially in the 2nd half. Go out of your way to watch them because it’ll be worth. The Pirates have Louisville on Sunday.
24. UCLA (6-1)
- It’s just nice to see them working well together without LiAngelo playing.
25. Florida State (6-0)
- The biggest test that remains for Florida State until conference play starts on December 30th is this week at Florida. Yikes.
26. Nevada (7-0)
- There’s not enough love in the Coaches Poll for Nevada. They have an RPI of 5. Remember that.
27. Arizona State (6-0)
- Arizona State, along with Washington State and Colorado are the only undefeated teams left in the PAC-12. Who would’ve thought that heading into Week 4?
28. Creighton (5-1)
- Creighton’s success has been a pleasant surprise this season.
29. Texas Tech (6-1)
- The second-half collapse against Seton Hall might’ve shown us a weakness in Texas Tech’s game. Perhaps their defense isn’t all that its cracked up to be.
30. Purdue (6-2)
- After two tough losses in Atlantis, Purdue rebounded nicely with wins over Louisville and Arizona. This team is very talented. I think it was just a freak thing what happened last week.
31. Texas (5-2)
- Texas’ performance in the PK80 was nice to see from Smart’s team. How they rebound off of that will be huge, especially with VCU coming up this week… on the road.
32. Arizona (4-3)
- What happened to Arizona? The team didn’t get a single win in Atlantis when they were the favorites alongside Villanova. Their next three non-conference games are at UNLV, Texas A&M, and Alabama. That’s tough.
- Providence (6-1), Virginia Tech (6-1), Arkansas (5-1), Washington State (6-0), Tennessee (5-1), Northern Iowa (6-2), Georgia (5-1), Saint Mary’s (5-2), Oklahoma (5-1), Syracuse (6-0), Rhode Island (4-2), Oregon (5-2), SMU (6-2), Butler (5-2), Georgia Tech (4-1), Michigan (6-2)
That’ll do it for the NCAAB Week 4 Power Rankings. What did you think of the Top 32 this week? Where would you rank these teams? Be sure to tell us all about it and more in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.
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