1. Gonzaga (2-0). Last week: 1
Gonzaga cruised to wins against Northern Arizona and Mount St. Mary’s to start the year.
2. Valparaiso (5-1). Last week: 3
Valparaiso’s perfect start ended Sunday at Oregon, but the Crusaders already have solid wins against Iona and Rhode Island.
3. Wichita State (2-1). Last week: 2
The Shockers upset by a solid Tulsa squad last week. They can make up for that this week at the Advocare Invitational.
4. Evansville (3-0). Last week: 9
Evansville recorded a very solid non-conference win Saturday against Belmont. The standout duo of D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius combined for 53 points and 20 rebounds.
5. Central Michigan (2-0). Last week: 11
Central Michigan’s high-powered offense is still rolling. The Chippewas head to the Gulf Coast Showcase this week, and they will be one of the tournament’s favorites.
6. Northern Iowa (2-1). Last week: 12
Northern Iowa made a statement that it will once again be a factor in the MVC title race. The Panthers upset top-ranked North Carolina over the weekend.
7. Old Dominion (3-2). Last week: 6
After winning its first three, Old Dominion lost to Purdue and St. Joseph’s. The Monarchs are on the road this week with another tough game against VCU.
8. UAB (3-1). Last week: 4
UAB has won three straight since losing its opener to Auburn.
9. BYU (2-1). Last week: 10
BYU has two big matchups in the next week-and-a-half against Belmont and Utah.
10. Belmont (2-2). Last week: 13
Belmont has played a very difficult schedule so far, and that’s why a 2-2 start is in no way a cause for alarm. The Bruins have a good win at Marquette, and their losses are to Arizona State and Evansville.
11. Akron (3-1). Last week: 14
Akron already has a nice win against Arkansas, and it led Villanova late in the first half before losing by 19.
12. Stephen F. Austin (1-2). Last week: 4
Stephen F. Austin is still searching for its first win against a Division I school.
13. UC Irvine (3-0). Last week: 15
The Anteaters knocked off UCF in overtime for their first road win of the season.
14. South Dakota State (4-0). Last week: 18
South Dakota State already has a pair of solid road victories against Illinois State and TCU.
15. Oakland (1-1). Last week: 16
If you like scoring, watch some Oakland games. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 90 points through their first two contests.
16. Hofstra (3-1). Last week: 19
Hofstra got a great win against Florida State at the Paradise Jam but then lost to South Carolina. The Pride face Indiana State for third place in the tournament.
17. Iona (1-2). Last week: 8
Iona fell flat on the road against Valparaiso and Oregon State. The Gaels won’t have many other chances for marquee non-conference victories.
18. Western Illinois (4-0). Last week: Not Ranked
Western Illinois won a thriller at nationally ranked Wisconsin and has blown out its three opponents since then. The Leathernecks can get another marquee victory Saturday at Creighton.
19. Pepperdine (1-2). Last week: 7
Pepperdine lost a nail-biter at Fresno State and then lost as expected to UCLA. The Waves play unbeaten Duquesne on Monday.
20. Princeton (2-0). Last week: 23
Princeton won its first two games of the year, both by single digits. The Tigers won’t face even a solid mid-major club until Dec. 5, when they travel to Stony Brook.
21. Yale (3-1). Last week: 25
Yale nearly knocked off American title contender SMU on the road Sunday. The Bulldogs have another tall test Wednesday at Duke.
22. NJIT (3-1). Last week: Not Ranked
NJIT has won three straight, and its only loss is to Kentucky.
23. Chattanooga (3-0). Last week: Not Ranked
Chattanooga has impressive road victories against Georgia and Illinois. The Mocs can take their resume to a whole new level Monday at Iowa State.
24. Columbia (2-2). Last week: 17
Columbia missed a pair of opportunities for solid wins, falling to mediocre Power-Five programs Kansas State and Northwestern.
25. Hawaii (3-0). Last week: Not Ranked
Hawaii is off to a 3-0 start, although it is yet to be tested on the road.