Week 8 College Basketball Power Rankings

gonzaga

1. Gonzaga 14-1

Gonzaga is the top dog this week after Louisville fell. The Bulldogs might sit here the rest of the season as they enter West Coast Conference play. They could be tested by BYU and St. Mary’s at some point this season.
 
duke blue devils

2. Duke 12-1

Duke opened up conference play with a win over Boston College. The Blue Devils have looked great since their loss to Stephen F. Austin earlier this season. The ACC might come down to them and Louisville this season.
 
kansas jayhawks

3. Kansas 10-2

Kansas rebounded against Stanford over the weekend. They open up Big 12 play against West Virginia on Saturday who came off a huge win over Ohio State. Fortunately, they are home for the matchup and could catch the Mountaineers napping.
 
baylor bears

4. Baylor 10-1

Baylor has been on an incredible run in non-conference. They would be one of the few unbeaten teams remaining if it weren’t for an early season loss to Washington. However, they will be looking to compete with the best in the Big 12.
 
louisville cardinals

5. Louisville 11-2

Louisville fell to in-state rival Kentucky over the weekend. They fell from their number one spot in the Lineups power rankings because of it, but will be looking to bounce back against Florida State in their ACC opener.
 
auburn tigers

6. Auburn 12-0

Auburn finishes non-conference play undefeated. They beat six Kenpom top-100 teams in this run, and will be looking to continue on in SEC play. They’ll be tested quite a bit as only three SEC teams rank below the top-100.
 
oregon ducks

7. Oregon 11-2

Oregon may have a chance to win the Pac-12 this season, and they will open up on the road against Colorado. Payton Pritchard and Chris Duarte have been incredible for the Ducks. Let’s see if they can keep it up.
 
ohio state buckeyes

8. Ohio State 11-2

Ohio State fell to West Virginia over the weekend. That was the Buckeyes second loss in four games in what was a brutal stretch heading into conference play. This team has proven themselves against big time talent, so they should bounce back fine.
 
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9. Memphis 12-1

Memphis won their first conference game against Tulane on Monday. They have been playing great basketball this season, and will be tested against Georgia before fully getting into AAC play.
 
butler

10. Butler 13-1

Butler sits at 13-1, which is pretty impressive since they were picked to finish eighth in the Big East. They don’t have that guy this season, but their defense is very impressive and will be looking to dominate the Big East.
 
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11. Villanova 10-2

Villanova opened up Big East play with a win over Xavier. They’ll be tested over the next week with tough road games, but don’t be surprised if the Wildcats keep rolling through conference play.
 
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12. Virginia 10-2

Despite two tough losses, Virginia should be atop the pack in the ACC. Their defense is still one of the best in the country. However, it hasn’t been as lethal this season, so it could hurt them if opponents have hot scoring nights.
 
maryland terrapins

13. Maryland 11-2

Maryland finally got back into the win column after back to back losses to Penn State and Seton Hall. They still have one of the most talented teams in the country, but head coach Mark Turgeon could be a liability.
 
michigan state spartans

14. Michigan State 10-3

Michigan State gets Illinois in their next Big Ten matchup. Cassius Winston has been injured over the last few weeks, but should be able to suit up against the Illini. This will be a huge return for Tom Izzo’s squad. They can’t make a run without Winston.
 
san diego state aztecs

15. San Diego State 14-0

San Diego State can’t lose! The Aztecs are 14-0 and 3-0 in conference play. They find themselves in a very good position to go undefeated. Utah State is probably the toughest team they’ll play in their conference.
 
kentucky wildcats

16. Kentucky 9-3

Kentucky had a great bounce back performance against their in-state rival Louisville over the weekend. They now sit at 9-3 and open up SEC play against Mizzou. As sloppy as Kentucky has looked at times, Calipari will have this team ready to make a run.
 
west virginia mountaineers

17. West Virginia 11-1

West Virginia took down Ohio State in Cleveland on Sunday. Bob Huggins has the Mountaineers playing great basketball, and will open up against Kansas in Big 12 play. Can they continue the hot streak against Rock Chalk.
 
dayton

18. Dayton 11-2

Dayton will start their conference play against LaSalle on Thursday. The Flyers have shown they can compete with anyone this season, so it will be fun to see how well they do in their own conference.
 
michigan wolverines

19. Michigan 10-3

Michigan has won two straight after the cold spell they went on. However, the competition in those games wasn’t great and will be tested by in-state rival Michigan State on Sunday as Big Ten play is in full swing.
 
arkansas razorbacks

20. Arkansas 11-1

Arkansas finished off their non-conference action with an impressive 11-1 record. They action they saw wasn’t the best, but they did get a road win over Indiana. They will truly be tested when they start seeing SEC teams.
 
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21. Texas Tech 9-3

Texas Tech seems to be back on track after their three game losing streak earlier in the season. They get Oklahoma State to start out Big 12 play and will look to make another run at the conference title this season.
 
arizona wildcats

22. Arizona 10-3

Arizona has now lost three out of their last four games after they fell to St. John’s over the weekend. The Wildcats need to turn things around quickly as they their conference play against Arizona State on Saturday.
 
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23. Penn State 11-2

Penn State has looked great through their first 13 games this season. They have impressive wins on their resume, and will look to be a dark horse in the Big Ten once they get into conference games.
 
florida state seminoles

24. Florida State 12-2

The Seminoles currently sit at 2-1 in the ACC. This team has lost both of their road games this season, which will be something to watch for as they continue on with their ACC schedule.
 
iowa hawkeyes

25. Iowa 10-3

Iowa finds themselves back in the top-25 after reaching their 10th win of the season. Their worst loss was too DePaul early on, but has bounced back from that. They will be looking to make some noise in the Big Ten.
 

  
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