Top 25 Rankings for the Week of Nov. 24

Photo: Robert Willett

1. Kentucky (5-0). Last week: 1

Kentucky has looked pretty much unstoppable so far. The Wildcats had mediocre first halves against Buffalo and Boston University but still won both games easily. They also blew out Kansas at the Champions Classic.

2. Wisconsin (4-0). Last week: 2

Wisconsin already has a pair of solid wins against Green Bay and Boise State. The Badgers will truly be tested this week at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Potential opponents include Florida, Georgetown, UCLA, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

3. Arizona (3-0). Last week: 3

Arizona survived UC Irvine’s upset bid to enter the Maui Invitational with a perfect record. The Wildcats’ first game in Hawaii is Monday night against Missouri.

4. Duke (5-0). Last week: 4

Duke knocked off Michigan State at the Champions Classic and followed that up with two more solid wins against Temple and Stanford. The Blue Devils shouldn’t have much trouble with Furman and Army this week.

Photo: Robert Willett
Photo: Robert Willett

5. North Carolina (3-0). Last week: 6

UNC has played three mid-majors and won all three games by double figures. The Tar Heels now face a loaded field at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

6. Virginia (4-0). Last week: 7

Virginia knocked off a good George Washington team Friday to improve to 4-0. The Cavaliers are the favorite in this week’s Barclays Center Classic, playing in a four-team field with La Salle, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.

7. Villanova (3-0). Last week: 8

Villanova gets its first chance for quality wins at this week’s Legends Classic. The Wildcats face VCU on Monday and then either Michigan or Oregon on Tuesday.

8. Wichita State (3-0). Last week: 9

Wichita State has dominated in its first three games. The Shockers already have a pair of quality wins against New Mexico State and Memphis.

9. Gonzaga (4-0). Last week: 10

Gonzaga has looked incredible so far this season. The Bulldogs will play away from home for the first time this season at the NIT Season Tip-Off. They face Georgia on Wednesday and then either Minnesota or St. John’s on Thursday.

10. Louisville (3-0). Last week: 11

Louisville looks to continue its hot start with home games against Savannah State and Cleveland State this week.

11. Kansas (1-1). Last week: 5

Kansas was exposed in its Champions Classic loss to Kentucky. But the Jayhawks still have a very talented group.

12. Iowa State (2-0). Last week: 112

Iowa State had a bit of trouble with Oakland in its season opener, but the Cyclones were all over Sun Belt favorite Georgia State last Monday. They will face their first high-major opponents of the season at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

13. Texas (4-0). Last week: 13

Texas survived a scare against Iowa and then knocked off California one night later to win the 2K Classic in New York. The Longhorns face another quality opponent, Connecticut, Sunday on the road.

14. San Diego State (3-0). Last week: 19

San Diego State is holding opponents to 44.7 points per game and already has a quality win against Utah. The Aztecs will have a chance for some more noteworthy wins this week at the Maui Invitational.

15. Ohio State (3-0). Last week: 16

Ohio State has steamrolled UMass-Lowell and Sacred Heart and also beat Marquette by double figures. The Buckeyes should two more easy wins coming up against Campbell and James Madison.

16. VCU (3-0). Last week: 17

VCU begins an incredibly difficult stretch Monday at the Legends Classic. After facing Villanova and then Oregon or Michigan, the Rams play at Old Dominion and at Illinois State. They return home to face Virginia, Northern Iowa and Belmont before hitting the road again for Cincinnati.

17. Oklahoma (2-1). Last week: 14

Oklahoma hit an early road bump, blowing an 18-point lead and losing at Creighton. The Sooners get a chance to prove themselves this week at the Battle 4 Atlantis, where they open against UCLA.

18. West Virginia (5-0). Last week: Unranked

West Virginia knocked off George Mason, Boston College and Connecticut on its way to winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Mountaineers should get two more victories this week against VMI and College of Charleston.

19. Providence (5-0). Last week: Unranked

Providence does not yet have any huge wins, but a blowout of Florida State and a close win against Notre Dame are enough to get the Friars into this week’s Top 25. A game Sunday at Kentucky will be a big test for this team.

20. Florida (2-1). Last week: 15

Florida is off to a rough start with a loss to Miami (Fla.) and needing overtime to defeat Louisiana-Monroe. The road only gets tougher with the Battle 4 Atlantis this week and a road game against Kansas next week.

21. Michigan State (2-1). Last week: 18

Michigan State fell to Duke but bounced back with an easy win against Loyola (Chicago). The Spartans play in the Orlando Classic this weekend with a potential championship matchup against Kansas.

22. Connecticut (3-1). Last week: 22

Connecticut beat Dayton but fell to West Virginia in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Huskies can get a quality against Texas this weekend.

23. Michigan (3-0). Last week: 24

Michigan has beaten up on some cupcakes, but the Wolverines have some challenges ahead at the Legends Classic.

24. Miami Fla. (5-0). Last week: Unranked

The Hurricanes upset Florida and then beat Akron and Charlotte at the Charleston Classic. They face Charlotte again Tuesday on the road.

25. Nebraska (2-1). Last week: 20

Nebraska swallowed a tough loss Saturday at Rhode Island in overtime. The Cornhuskers now have to face a Nebraska-Omaha team that just won at Marquette.

 

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