The only thing certain in this college basketball season is that any team on any night can get beat. Just last week Louisville was coming in at the number one spot in every major poll, but this week they have dropped 3 straight games, and are trying to stay inside the top 25. This is Rick Pitino’s best team while at Louisville, but they are struggling more than anybody in the nation. This week Duke was the team on top of the polls, but ran into a Miami team that wasn’t worried about their ranking or the name on the front of the jersey. Miami beat Duke easily on Wednesday 90-63, and gave Miami it’s first win ever over a number one ranked team.
Two teams that seem to be consistent in all of this chaos are Michigan and Kansas. Michigan has taken over the number one spot in our rankings, and Kansas comes in right behind them at number 2. Michigan had a very tough week of games, but their backcourt of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are just to talented for almost anybody in the nation. The Wolverines defeated Purdue on Thursday 68-53, and Illinois yesterday 74-60, and that was enough to give them their first number one ranking since the “Fab Five”.
Kansas and Ben Mclemore seem to be the forgotten team this year, but are easily beating Big 12 opponets. With a record of 18-1 you would think they would get more pub from the national media, but still nobody seems to realize just how good they really are. Mclemore is the best freshman in the nation, and Jeff Withey may be the best defensive player not named Nerlens Noel. Bill Self has got another squad ready to make a run to the final four.
Indiana got a big win over Michigan State on Sunday in Bloomington behind 21 from Victor Oladipo. Cody Zeller gets the most credit for being their best player, but Oladipo is without a doubt the hoosiers most important player. IU defeated Michigan State 75-70. They will have a rematch later on in the year, and I fully expect the Spartants to take care of buisness. Indiana moves to number 3 in this weeks top 25.
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Kansas State
- Wichita State
- San Diego State
- North Carolina State
- Ole Miss
- New Mexico