Rant Sports Top 40: Week 1 College Basketball Rankings (Nov. 12)
Rant Sports Top 40 (Nov. 12)
Date: Nov. 12
The college basketball season opened up with a bang on Friday, Nov. 9 and was not shy to a number of exciting contests.
The start of opening weekend came and went with some scattered upsets included. In addition, two highly-anticipated aircraft carrier games were cancelled due to poor court conditions causing some backlash into the military-themed opening night. With that being said, the season is officially underway and another crucial week approaches with high, early-season implications for many.
The 24-hour college basketball tip-off marathon will begin Monday at midnight on the east coast and will include a number of pivotal match-ups throughout the day on Tuesday. From ranked match-ups to the feel of a late February BracketBuster contest, college basketball continues its hot start during the week of Nov. 12.
While opening weekend only caused a few shakeups in the world of college basketball, we now look to break down our Rant Sports Top 40 with the first full week of action on the horizon.
More upsets are sure to come as we near the midway point in November, with more and more key non-conference match-ups on to come.
College basketball is back and off to a hot start, so buckle up fans, there is only more to excitement to come.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse
No. 40- West Virginia
The Mountaineers have yet to begin the 2012-13 season, but that will come to an end in the wee hours of Tuesday morning on the east coast. West Virginia kicks off the year and college basketball's 24-hour marathon at Gonzaga.
No. 39- Georgetown
After the Hoyas' game against Florida was called due to poor court conditions aboard the USS Bataan, Georgetown responded with a season-opening win against Duquesne.
No. 38- Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State dispatched UC-Davis in their opener, but tougher contests are on the rise in Puerto Rico beginning on Thursday.
No. 37- Saint Mary's
After a 26-point win over a non-Division I opponent, Saint Mary's must now prepare for a road contest against Utah State on Thursday.
No. 36- Saint Joseph's
High expectations circle the Hawks entering the season. Saint Joseph's will begin their non-conference schedule against Yale on Monday before a trip to Brooklyn as part of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
No. 35- Alabama
Alabama needed a buzzer beater to knock off a fiesty South Dakota State squad on Friday, but the Crimson Tide are 2-0 following a beat down of West Alabama on Sunday.
No. 34- Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh began the season with a 32-point thumping of Mount St. Mary's. More cupcakes are on the horizon for the Panthers to begin the season.
No. 33- Stanford
Stanford took care of San Francisco to open the season and the Cardinal should have equal opportunity at a few more easy wins in the coming week.
No. 32- Saint Louis
A win over USC-Upstate started the year off right for Saint Louis, but some tougher match-ups as part of the 2012 CBE Classic are on the docket this week.
No. 31- VCU
VCU won their season opener, but an intriguing match-up against an always-pesky Wichita State squad is scheduled for Tuesday.
No. 30- Minnesota
Trevor Mbakwe guaranteed a bid to the NCAA Tournament and a quick start should be the case for Minnesota judging from their upcoming games.
No. 29- Murray State
A win over a non-Division I opponent got the Racers their first win of the season, but tough tests are on the horizon as part of the 2012 Charleston Classic for Murray State.
No. 28- Tennessee
Tennessee began the season with a win over Kennesaw State, but tough tests loom in Puerto Rico this week.
No. 27- Kansas State
Kansas State looked good in their season opener against North Dakota, but tougher tests will come.
No. 26- Butler
Rotnei Clarke scored 21 and freshman sharpshooter Kellen Dunham added 18 in Butler's season opening win over Elon.
No. 25- Michigan State
After being shocked in Germany by UConn, Michigan State must now prepare for a quick turnaround against Kansas on Tuesday night as part of the 2012 Champions Classic.
No. 24- Cincinnati
Cincinnati took care of UT-Martin over the weekend and more wins should follow in the coming games for the Bearcats.
No. 23- San Diego State
The Aztecs missed a prime opportunity to send an early message against Syracuse on Sunday, but San Diego State will build off what they learned, especially on the offensive end.
No. 22- Notre Dame
Notre Dame took care of Evansville and now turn their focus to Monmouth. However, tough match-ups as part of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic are on the horizon.
No. 21- Gonzaga
Gonzaga blew out Southern Utah in their opener, but a visit from West Virginia is on the horizon.
No. 20- Texas
It wasn't pretty, but Texas got the win against Fresno State. The Longhorns have some things to work on before heading to Maui next week.
No. 19- Wisconsin
A blowout win over Southeastern Louisiana gets the Badgers a win to start the year, but a trip to Gainesville and a date with Florida is scheduled for Wednesday.
No. 18- UNLV
UNLV kicks off the season as a participant in the 2012 Global Sports Challenege. Northern Arizona is up first for the Runnin' Rebels.
No. 17- Memphis
It's an easy week to open the season for Memphis, but taking care of business is the top priority with some tougher match-ups looming.
No. 16- UCLA
UCLA opened up the season and their newly-renovated arena with a win, but news surfaced just prior to the game that freshman sensation Shabazz Muhammad has been ruled ineligible for an undetermined amount of time.
No. 15- Creighton
Creighton was one of the shining stars from opening night, flexing their muscles against a difficult North Texas squad at home.
No. 14- Duke
Duke blew out Georgia State, but can they make their case with an upset of Kentucky on Tuesday night?
No. 13- Baylor
Baylor has looked great coming out of the gate, picking up wins over Lehigh and Jackson State to begin the year, but tougher tests as part of the 2012 Charleston Classic are rapidly approaching.
No. 12- North Carolina
A couple easy wins has North Carolina off to a 2-0 start, but an interesting test at Long Beach State is scheduled for Friday.
No. 11- Kansas
After knocking off Southeast Missouri State, Kansas looks to send Michigan State another tough beat on Tuesday as part of the 2012 Champions Classic.
No. 10- Florida
After their season opener aboard the USS Bataan was called at halftime, Florida thumped Alabama State on Sunday. Wisconsin will be in town on Wednesday, however.
No. 9- Arizona
It took some late-game heroics from newcomer Mark Lyons to secure victory, but Arizona began the year with a win over Charleston Southern.
No. 8- Missouri
Missouri began the year with a win and should have three by the time their schedule hits the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 22.
No. 7- Syracuse
Syracuse's 2-3 zone muffled a feisty San Diego State squad on Sunday, a big win for the Orange to open up the season.
No. 6- North Carolina State
North Carolina State flexed their muscles against Miami (OH) and now the Wolfpack get some time before leaving for Puerto Rico on Thursday.
No. 5- Michigan
Michigan blew out Slippery Rock and now turn their attention to IUPUI as part of the 2012 NIT Season Tip-off.
No. 4- Ohio State
After their season opener against Marquette was cancelled, Ohio State picked up a blowout victory over Albany on Sunday.
No. 3- Kentucky
Kentucky survived Friday's test with Maryland, but saddle up Big Blue Nation, a date with Duke is scheduled for Tuesday.
No. 2- Louisville
Louisville destroyed Manhattan to begin the year, as the Cardinals prep themselves for the rapidly approaching and stacked Battle 4 Atlantis field.
No. 1- Indiana
Indiana will continue their tune-up schedule before next week's trip to New York as part of the semifinal round of the 2012 Legends Classic.