Another great week of college hoops is in the books. Teams are struggling to stay at the top of the power rankings, and the merry-go-round doesn’t seem to end. Losses keep piling up for many teams as college basketball is fully in conference play. Here are this weeks college basketball power rankings.
1. Gonzaga 18-1
Gonzaga remains number one in this weeks power rankings. They’re 4-0 in West Coast Conference play, and there is no sign that anyone will be able to slow them down. Filip Petrusev leads the team with 16.6 points per game.
2. Baylor 14-1
Baylor finds themselves up to the second ranked spot after knocking off Kansas and Texas Tech on the road. A lot of media members don’t believe they should be ranked two, but they’ve worked all season to get there. Let’s see if they stay.
3. Duke 15-2
Duke lost for the second time this season when they traveled to Clemson on Tuesday. The Blue Devils were down seven at halftime, and couldn’t recover in the second half. They play Louisville at home on Saturday.
4. Kansas 13-3
Kansas fell too Baylor over the weekend dropping them to sixth in the power rankings. To make matters worse, Devon Dotson will be missing time with a hip injury. This could affect how Kansas plays over the next few weeks.
5. San Diego State 18-0
San Diego State also remains undefeated and moves to 7-0 in Mountain West Conference play. Not only are they winning, but teams aren’t even coming close to beating them. Their defense has been a huge contributor to their success.
6. Auburn 15-1
Auburn suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday. The Tigers fell to Alabama on the road in an ugly 83-64 loss. Going undefeated was going to be difficult for the Tigers, but they should still continue with one of the best teams in college basketball.
7. Butler 15-2
Butler fell to Seton Hall on Wednesday at home. The Bulldogs have been impressive so far this season, but Myles Powell and Co was just too much for them to handle. Their defense will continue to keep them afloat.
8. Florida State 15-2
Florida State moves to 5-1 in ACC play this season. Trent Forest and Patrick Williams have stepped up big so far this season. They’ll be a team that gives ACC opponents serious problems from now until March.
9. Oregon 14-3
Oregon took care of Arizona and Arizona State over the weekend. The Ducks are now 3-1 in the Pac-12, and still look like the front runner to win the conference. Payton Pritchard and Chris Duarte continue to be the heart and soul of this team.
10. Louisville 14-3
Since Louisville lost two in a row, they have now bounced back with three straight wins and are 5-1 in conference play. The Cardinals defense has stepped up holding teams to less than 70 points during their mini win streak.
11. Dayton 15-2
Dayton remains undefeated in Atlantic 10 play with a 4-0 record. Not many teams are going to be able to slow down the Flyers squad until March. There might not be a team in their conference that will be able to knock them off until then.
12. West Virginia 14-2
West Virginia has been off to a great start this season, and also in the Big 12. The knocked off TCU 81-49 on Tuesday, and look to continue their dominance into the weekend. They have a chance to surprise some people in the Big 12.
13. Michigan State 13-4
The Spartans suffered an ugly road loss against Purdue over the weekend. Despite that, Michigan State is still looking like they’re about to take off in the Big Ten. Winning on the road is still going to be tough.
14. Seton Hall 13-4
Seton Hall has won seven in a row after a slow 6-4 start to the season. They knocked off Butler on the road on Wednesday, and are now 5-0 in the Big East. Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight are a fun duo to watch.
15. Villanova 13-3
Villanova is a comfortable 13-3 on the season with a 4-1 Big East Conference record. The Wildcats are going to be a tough out, but some teams might be able to get them with how loaded their conference is.
16. Kentucky 12-4
As soon as you thought Kentucky finally figured things out, they go on the road and lose to South Carolina. Three of the four Wildcats losses have come against teams outside the Kenpom 100 this season.
17. Michigan 11-5
Michigan has had quite the slump over the last few months. They are now 11-5 on the season and sit at 2-3 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines looked very good earlier in the season, but Juwan Howard needs to get things back on track.
18. Maryland 13-4
Maryland moves to 0-4 in true road games this season. Mark Turgeon has unbelievable talent, but he needs to improve as a coach if he wants his team to make a run. Some of the Terrapins mistakes have been bad.
19. Memphis 13-3
After Memphis lost two in a row, they got back in the win column after beating South Florida on Sunday. The Tigers are looking like a quality tournament team, but do have some things they need to clean up.
20. Wichita State 15-2
Wichita State was upset by Temple on Wednesday. The Shockers were off to a great 15-1 start with wins over VCU, Memphis, UConn, and others before the Owls knocked them off again. Greg Marshall will get this team back on track.
21. Ohio State 12-5
Ohio State finally stopped the bleeding on Tuesday. After a four game losing streak against Big Ten opponents, they knocked off Nebraska at home 80-68. This was a much needed win for the Buckeyes to finally start turning things around.
22. Colorado 13-3
Colorado has been off to a nice start this season. They have wins over Oregon and Dayton so far and are looking to make a run in the Pac-12 this season. They’re off to a 2-1 conference start so far.
23. Illinois 12-5
Illinois finds themselves ranked for the first time since 2014, and also the first ranked in our power rankings this season. The Illini have a fun duo to watch with Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn, and they are a huge reason why they are ranked this season.
24. Texas Tech 11-5
After back to back losses to Baylor and West Virginia, the Red Raiders got back in the win column against Kansas St. They have struggled against top tier talent as they are 2-5 against teams in the Kenpom top 100.
25. Arizona 11-5
Arizona has looked horrible over their last seven games, as they sit at 2-5 in that stretch. The Wildcats are 1-2 in the Pac-12 and accumulated losses to Baylor, Gonzaga, and St. John’s in non-conference. They will need to turn things around quickly.