The College Basketball has been a bit quiet the week of Christmas, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a new team at number one. Kansas fell this week to put Louisville back at the top spot. Conference play is about to get under way as the New Year rolls around. Here is this weeks college basketball power rankings.
1. Louisville 11-1
Louisville finds themselves back at the top spot as they are 11-1 this season. They get back in action against in-state rival Kentucky on Saturday, which should be one of the best games we’ll see.
2. Gonzaga 13-1
The Bulldogs continue to dominate through their non-conference schedule. AP has Gonzaga ranked number on in the nation. With them about to enter conference play, we might not see another loss out of the Zags this season.
3. Ohio State 11-1
Ohio State got the best of Kentucky on Saturday. They now move to 11-1 this season, and take on West Virginia this Sunday before entering conference play.
4. Duke 10-1
Duke has had the last 10 days off with the holiday break, but will get back to action this Saturday against Brown. After that, they will finally get into conference play against Boston College on New Year’s Eve.
5. Kansas 9-2
Kansas fell to Villanova on the road last Saturday. The Jayhawks couldn’t do enough in their 56-55 loss. They take on Stanford before getting West Virginia to open up Big 12 conference play.
6. Baylor 9-1
Baylor is another team that has the week off for the holiday’s, and will get back into action on Monday. Tennessee-Martin is the final non-conference game before they open up Big 12 play against Texas.
7. Auburn 11-0
Auburn is one of three teams that remains undefeated this season. They should remain undefeated in the final non-conference game, but the SEC should test them quite a bit.
8. Oregon 10-2
Oregon is off to an incredible 10-2 start to the season. With Arizona starting to slip, they will be the front runner to win the PAC-12 this season. At this point, it’s the Ducks to lose.
9. Memphis 10-1
Despite the Tigers losing James Wiseman for the season, they are stilling 10-1, and looking like a top 10 team. Memphis has secure nice wins in Wiseman’s absents and will continue to do so as the season rolls on.
10. Butler 11-1
Butler knocked off Purdue this week at Lucas Oil Stadium last Saturday. The Bulldogs are off to a great start and are looking to contend for a Big East title this season heading into conference play.
11. Villanova 9-2
Villanova came up with a huge win at home over Kansas last Saturday. They get Xavier next Monday as they finally open up Big East play. Can the Wildcats continue their dominance in the conference?
12. Virginia 9-2
Virginia suffered another loss over the weekend as they fell to South Carolina. Tony Bennett’s system won him a championship, but it’s hard to see sustained success at the top with how they play.
13. Maryland 10-2
Maryland has now lost twos straight, and suffered a loss to Seton Hall without them having Myles Powell. Maybe the Christmas holidays will help them settle down as they start conference play next week.
14. Michigan State 9-3
15. San Diego State 12-0
San Diego State might be the biggest surprise this season. They’re still undefeated and have one of the best defenses in the country. The Mountain West looks like the Aztecs to take.
16. Kentucky 8-3
Kentucky is on a rough stretch as they lost to Utah and Ohio State back to back games. They now get in-state rival Louisville this Saturday before going into conference play next week.
17. Dayton 10-2
Dayton bounced back on Monday after they suffered their second loss against Colorado next week. The Flyers look very tough, and are arguably the best mid-major school in college basketball.
18. Michigan 9-3
Michigan finally got back into the win column on Saturday after two straight losses. The country has seen how good this team can play, and if they get back to that level, then they could make a run in the Big Ten.
19. Arkansas 10-1
Arkansas continues to roll this season as they picked up their tenth win on Saturday. They play Indiana in their last non-conference game before heading into SEC play.
20. Washington 10-3
Washington suffered their third loss of the season on Christmas day. The Huskies have gotten off to a great start this season with a win over Baylor. The PAC-12 will be a good test to see what they’re capable of.
21. Teas Tech 8-3
The Red Raiders have rattled off three straight wins after suffering three straight losses. Chris Bears looks to have this team going in the right direction again and will be a tough out in the Big 12.
22. Arizona 10-3
Arizona has now lost three of their last four games including one to St. John’s. After a great start to the season, the Wildcats are starting to slip. This might not be the best time with PAC-12 play starting next week.
23. Penn State 10-2
The Nittany Lions have been great this season, and are on their best run of basketball in recent years. They’ll get to show the Big Ten just how good they are. Penn State might get a taste of tournament action this March.
24. West Virginia 10-1
Huggy Bear has West Virginia off to a 10-1 start on the season. They’ll be tested with Ohio State and Kansas back to back, so we’ll see what this team is really made of.
25. DePaul 12-1
The Blue Demons are off to an incredible 12-1 start to the season. Charlie Moore and Paul Reed are a two man wrecking crew through the early part of the season. DePaul opens up Big East play next week against Seton Hall.