1) Louisville Cardinals – There were only two real choices for this top spot, the Cardinals and Ohio state. I think that what Louisville did to Pitt and Michigan clinched number one for this week.
2) Ohio State Buckeyes – Much like Louisville the Buckeyes have been more than capable against some really good competition, and they look to be the best in the Big Ten.
3) Kansas Jayhawks – The Jayhawks may just be the best team in the nation by the time we get to March.
4) Michigan Wolverines – Coming off a trip to the Bahamas it was kind of obvious what was awaiting the Wolverines when they got to Louisville. As long as Jim Harbaugh doesn’t take over as the basketball coach they will give the Buckeyes all they can handle during the Big Ten this season.
5) Gonzaga Bulldogs – A nice win over the Washington Huskies and this feels like a team that will improve quickly for Coach Few.
6) Maryland Terrapins – The Terps are undefeated but it feels like they are almost trying to lose a game but keep winning anyway. The Big Ten is setting up as a three-team race.
7) Arizona Wildcats – They suffered their first loss of the season at Baylor but it was a win that almost makes me feel better about this team.
8) Dayton Flyers – This team is very good and is capable of making a deep run in March.
9) Duke Blue Devils – The Devils made us forget Stephen F. Austin with a dominating win at Michigan State.
10) Kentucky Wildcats – Look ahead at the Wildcats’ schedule and you will see games against Louisville and Ohio State on the immediate horizon.
11) Butler Bulldogs – This is the most underrated team in the country. They are well-coached and play a style of basketball that will have them making a run in March.
12) Auburn Tigers – The Tigers are a relentless team and they will improve as the season goes on.
13) Baylor Bears – The Bears took down Arizona in a win that shows you exactly how good this team could be.
14) Oregon Ducks – A tough trip to the Bahamas does not change the fact that this is one of the best teams out west.
15) Xavier Musketeers – The Musketeers beat Cincinnati and look like one of the top teams in the Big East. Naji Marshall is one of the top players in the country and if Xavier can get the half-court offense straightened out the sky will be the limit.
16) Utah State Aggies – The aggies are finally healthy. This is a very dangerous team.
17) Villanova Wildcats – The Wildcats have been good since being bludgeoned by Ohio State at the start of the season.
18) Memphis Tigers – The Tigers keep winning without James Wiseman.
19) Seton Hall Pirates – The Pirates have lost close games to 3 of the best teams in the country.
20) Tennessee Volunteers – The Vols get Memphis coming up in what should be a barn-burner.
21) Purdue Boilermakers – The Boilers took apart Northwestern and Virginia with a stifling defense. Coach Matt Painter is a big-time coach that doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
22) Marquette Golden Eagles – Marquette is very good defensively and they have a nice back-court.
23) North Carolina Tar Heels – The Heels are young and have struggled at times on the offensive end of the floor. Do not expect that to continue much longer.
24) Florida State Seminoles – I am guessing the Indiana loss was more of an aberration than anything else.
25) Virginia Cavaliers – To put it mildly, the Cavs have a hard time scoring.