Top 25 Rankings for the Week of November 11

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1. Michigan State (1-0)

Michigan State easily beat McNeese State in its season opener. The Spartans face Kentucky on Tuesday at the Champions Classic.

 

2. Kentucky (2-0)

Kentucky had no problem disposing of UNC-Asheville and Northern Kentucky in its first two games of the season. Next up for the Wildcats is Michigan State.

 

3. Kansas (1-0)

Kansas defeated Louisiana-Monroe in its season opener behind Andrew Wiggins 16 points. The Jayhawks will battle Duke at the Champions Classic this week.

 

4. Duke (1-0)

Newcomers Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood each posted 22 points as Duke scorched Davidson, 111-77, on Friday night. The Blue Devils shot better than 70% from the field. Next up are the Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday night.

 

5. Arizona (1-0)

Arizona struggled but defeated Cal Poly, 73-62, on Friday. On Monday night, the Wildcats host Long Beach State, which has been a very tough mid-major the last few seasons.

 

6. Louisville (1-0)

The final score does not reflect it, but Louisville had to battle extremely hard to defeat Charleston on Saturday. The Cardinals continue their season-opening homestand with games against Hofstra and Cornell this week.

 

7. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Oklahoma State thrashed Mississippi Valley State on Friday, 117-62. The Cowboys have two more easy games this week against Utah Valley and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

 

8. Syracuse (1-0)

Syracuse trailed Cornell at halftime on Friday, but the Orange dominated in the second half, outscoring the Big Red 50-22, to win. Sophomore guard Trevor Cooney scored 27 points and hit seven three-pointers. The Orange will host Fordham and Colgate this week.

 

9. North Carolina (1-0)

North Carolina made easy work of Oakland on Friday. The Tar Heels will be back in action against Holy Cross on Friday.

 

10. Ohio State (1-0)

Ohio State beat Morgan State, 89-50, on Saturday. The Buckeyes host Ohio on Tuesday and then play at Marquette on Saturday.

 

11. Michigan (1-0)

Michigan defeated Division I newcomer UMass-Lowell on Friday, 69-42. Sophomore Caris LeVert posted a career-high 17 points in the victory.

 

12. Memphis (0-0)

Memphis opens the season on Thursday night against Austin Peay.

 

13.Virginia Commonwealth (1-0)

Virginia Commonwealth dominated Illinois State on Friday, 96-58. The Rams forced 22 turnovers by the Redbirds. Next up for the Rams is Virginia on Tuesday night.

 

14. Notre Dame (2-0)

Notre Dame blew past Stetson on Sunday, 80-49, and beat Miami (OH) on Friday. Through two games, Jerian Grant has 41 points, 11 assists, and only one turnover.

 

15. UCLA (1-0)

UCLA survived Drexel’s upset bid in its season opener, 72-67. The Bruins host another mid-major in Oakland this week.

 

16. Wisconsin (1-0)

Wisconsin beat St. John’s in South Dakota on Friday, 86-75. Redshirt junior Josh Gasser, who missed all of last season with an injury, posted 19 points and eight rebounds in his return.

The Badgers will host Florida on Tuesday.

 

17. Florida (1-0)

Florida was given a scare by North Florida, but the Gators held off the Ospreys, 77-69. Next up for the Gators is a road game against Wisconsin.

 

18. Marquette (1-0)

Marquette struggled against Southern but pulled out a 63-56 victory. The Golden Eagles will host Grambling, which has lost 29 straight games, on Tuesday.

 

19. Gonzaga (1-0)

Gonzaga defeated Bryant 100-76 on Saturday. Forward Sam Dower had a breakout performance with 21 points and 17 rebounds. The Zags will host Colorado State on Monday night.

 

20. Creighton (1-0)

Creighton torched Alcorn State on Friday, 107-61. The Bluejays have another easy home game against UMKC on Monday, but they will be challenged this weekend at St. Joe’s.

 

21. Baylor (1-0)
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Baylor opened up the season with an impressive win against Colorado. Junior college transfer proved his worth in his debut with 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists. The Bears face another BCS opponent in South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon.

 

22. Harvard (1-0)

Harvard received a scare from Holy Cross on Sunday night, but the Crimson pulled out an 82-72 victory. The Crimson will play their home opener against MIT on Tuesday.

 

23. Boise State (1-0)

Boise State blew out Texas-Arlington on Friday, 116-87, behind Anthony Drmic’s 34 points. Next up for the Broncos is Simpson University on Friday night.

 

24. New Mexico (1-0)

New Mexico had no trouble with Alabama A&M, but the Lobos have a slightly tougher test with 2-0 Charleston Southern visiting The Pit on Sunday.

 

25. Wichita State (1-0)

Wichita State easily handled Emporia State on November 9. The Shockers play their first Division I game against Western Kentucky on Wednesday morning at 1 a.m. ET.

 

Others considered:

Oregon, Baylor, Connecticut, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, Brigham Young, Tennessee, Villanova, Stanford, Georgetown

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