RankTeamReason
1DukeNow that Coach K’s early season gauntlet is over, the Blue Devils should be able to coast into ACC play as the top team in the country.
2IndianaIt is hard to comprehend they blew out UNC and yet the Hoosiers slide down the rankings.
3MichiganThis team has cleared every hurdle put in front of them thus far, and have one of the most surprising players in the country in Nik Stauskas who can flat out ball.
4GonzagaElias Harris is looking a real POTY candidate, I’m intrigued to see what the best mid major in the country can do against Illinois and Ok State in December.
5FloridaWhen Kenny Boynton can’t get anything going and you still play a solid Big East team out of the gym, its always a good sign.
6Ohio St.No surprises from the Buckeyes, they’ve been good but someone beside Thomas and Craft needs to step up for them to be great.
7ArizonaSeniors Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill are doing a great job leading the Freshmen, it will be interesting to see if they can keep it up as they start getting tested more.
8Oklahoma St.At this rate, I have a feeling Nash is going to be very happy with his choice to return to school.
9SyracuseMichael Carter-Williams has looked as good as advertised for the most part, averaging almost a double double.
10LouisvilleRuss Smith is playing lights out, in doing so has masked an unimpressive start from Blackshear, or maybe my expectations for him were too high.
11CincinnatiIf Sean Kilpatrick keeps it up he’ll be a household name come tourney time.
12MinnesotaThis team is scary, it has multiple players that are able to take over a game.
13KansasMichigan State is not doing them any favors, with how they’ve looked since they got the win against the Jayhawks.
14IllinoisThey have the best record in the country and one of its best players in Brandon Paul.
15MissouriShowed good spirit to bounce back from being humiliated by Louisville to beat a strong VCU squad in the Bahamas.
16Notre DameEmbarrassed Kentucky on the court before the fans embarrassed themselves by storming it.
17Wichita St.They got their revenge on VCU in a great early season match up and have soundly beat anyone they’ve met since.
18UNLVI think they learned a lesson against Oregon, the talented duo of Bennett and Moser is still meshing.
19GeorgetownGave Indiana a much tougher time than UNC, after their next two games (Tenn. & Texas) we’ll know more about this Hoya team.
20KentuckyThey were thoroughly exposed by the Irish, but there is too much talent here to write off.
21OregonThere is a Pac-10 sleeper team in Eugene that think’s it deserved more respect this preseason while everyone was busy over rating UCLA and talking up Arizona.
22Saint Joseph'sGame in, game out, the A-10 is going to be great this year, big game with Creighton this weekend.
23MarylandI told myself before the game that the winner of the Northwestern-Terps game was going to be ranked, so yea.
24North CarolinaI’m sure the Tar-heels are just happy they don’t have anymore teams from Indiana on their schedule.
25New MexicoCoping well without Gordon so far.