Rant Sports Top 40: Week 2 College Basketball Rankings (Nov. 19)
Rant Sports Top 40: Week 2 College Basketball Rankings (Nov. 19)
The first full week of college basketball is in the books and the shakeup amongst the nation's Top 40 is underway.
A number of in-season tournaments began and unfolded this past weekend, while another batch of crucial, non-conference match-ups present themselves this upcoming week.
Following the runs of both Oklahoma State and Colorado, the pair of power-six squads have made the biggest moves within the Rant Sports Top 40, while some scattered upsets caused others to fall. The Maui Invitational, the Legends Classic and the Battle 4 Atlantis highlight this week's must watch games, while more upsets can be expected.
ESPN calls it Feast Week in coordination with the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, as fans across the nation settle in for some late November hoops. Even on Thursday when the NFL and family feasts take center stage, college basketball fans are going to want to keep tabs of a number of ongoing games.
The month of November is no joke in today's day and age of scheduling and although teams may be different come March, the severity and importance of these non-conference tilts is what brings about so much excitement.
Feast Week starts with a bang, so let's take a look at those teams that currently hold positions in the Rant Sports Top 40:
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No. 40- Wichita State
Wichita State has started the season strong and once again has the look of a premier mid-major threat. The Shockers have already knocked off VCU en-route to their 4-0 start.
No. 39- New Mexico
New Mexico has gone through a few nail biters to start the season, but the Lobos begin the week unblemished at 3-0. If they can knock UConn out as part of the Paradise Jam championship, New Mexico may be looking at quite the impressive start to the season.
No. 38- Florida State
After being upset at home by South Alabama, the Seminoles won the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic title. Florida State dispatched both BYU and Saint Joseph's en-route to the crown.
No. 37- Georgetown
Georgetown is off to a 2-0 start, but we will see just what they are made of as part of the 2012 Legends Classic. The Hoyas will play UCLA in the first semifinal game on Monday.
No. 36- Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's is 3-0 to begin the season, but an interesting non-conference match-up against Drexel is set for Thursday.
No. 35- Tennessee
Tennessee wasn't great in Puerto Rico, but they did walk away with a 2-1 mark. The Vols only loss came to the tournament's eventual champion, Oklahoma State.
No. 34- UConn
Oh sure, the Huskies are banned from the postseason this year, but they have been hot to begin the season. UConn looks to snag the Paradise Jam title on Monday night as they tip-off against New Mexico.
No. 33- Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's lost to Florida State in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic title game, but the Hawks proved their worth in Brooklyn by upsetting Notre Dame in the semifinal round. Now, it appears that they would only improve as they get senior guard Carl Jones back from suspension.
No. 32- Alabama
Alabama has looked good out of the gate, starting the season at 4-0 overall. The Crimson Tide won the 2k Sports Classic over the weekend.
No. 31- Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh survived a scare against Oakland over the weekend, but at 4-0, we will see just what they are made of against Michigan on Wednesday.
No. 30- Notre Dame
Notre Dame fell to Saint Joseph's in the semifinal round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, but a win over BYU on Saturday earned them a third-place finish.
No. 29- Minnesota
Minnesota is off to a 4-0 start, but the competition has been sub-par so far. That will change with a trip to the Bahamas as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis. They face Duke in the quarterfinal round.
No. 28- Murray State
Murray State lost to Colorado in the championship game of the Charleston Classic, but there is no harm in that. The Racers have looked good to begin the season, sitting at 3-1 overall.
No. 27- Wisconsin
Wisconsin is 2-1 to begin the season, but a blowout loss at Florida wasn't pretty. The Badgers have some things to work on, especially at the point guard position.
No. 26- Texas
Texas is 2-0 to begin the year, but we will see what they truly offer this season as they prepare for the Maui Invitational this week.
No. 25- Kansas State
Kansas State is 4-0 to begin the year, but a trip to New York City as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off should provide a good glimpse into the Wildcats' potential.
No. 24- San Diego State
San Diego State should have no trouble beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday, but then it's back-to-back tests against USC and UCLA. Let's see what the Aztecs got.
No. 23- Michigan State
Michigan State has picked up back-to-back wins since losing to UConn in their opener. That two-game stretch includes a neutral court victory over Kansas.
No. 22- Colorado
Colorado won the Charleston Classic over the weekend and looked good in doing so. The Buffaloes are looking like a premier threat in the Pac-12.
No. 21- Cincinnati
Tougher tests loom for Cincinnati, but for now, they are simply taking care of the games that they should. Iowa State and Alabama are on the immediate horizon, however.
No. 20- Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State defeated Akron and Tennessee before upsetting North Carolina State en-route to winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. It's been a good week to say the least for the Cowboys.
No. 19- Gonzaga
Gonzaga looked good in their blowout victory over West Virginia last week. Tough tests loom as part of the Old Spice Classic however, later this week.
No. 18- Kansas
Kansas fell to Michigan State in a close one last Tuesday. Head coach Bill Self has a talented group, but the Jayhawks need to solve some early season issues in order to retain their elite status.
No. 17- UNLV
UNLV is off to a quiet 2-0 start and if they can dispatch of Oregon on Friday, that streak may continue through the remainder of the month and into December.
No. 16- Memphis
Memphis has yet to be tested early on in the season, but that will change soon as they prepare for a trip to the Bahamas. The Battle 4 Atlantis and the Tigers' case as an elite team begins with VCU on Thursday.
No. 15- Baylor
Baylor fell to Colorado in Charleston, but the Bears have looked pretty good to begin the season. There is no time to rest as their brutal November schedule is only heating up.
No. 14- Creighton
The Blue Jays have started the season strong at 3-0, despite Doug McDermott's offensive numbers being a little down. Wisconsin is on the docket for Friday, however.
No. 13- UCLA
UCLA got their wish: Shabazz Muhammad is now eligible and ready to make his debut on Monday. Now, it's time for the Bruins to go to work and prove their Final Four potential.
No. 12- North Carolina State
North Carolina State wasn't just upset by Oklahoma State on Sunday, they were blown out. No worries for the Wolfpack however, they will be just fine moving forward.
No. 11- North Carolina
North Carolina has looked good at times to begin the season. Their 3-0 start includes an intriguing road victory at Long Beach State.
No. 10- Florida
The Gators have been hot to begin the season. Florida's 3-0 start already includes a victory over Wisconsin.
No. 9- Arizona
Mark Lyons has played well for Arizona to begin the year. The Wildcats sit at 2-0 on the season as they prepare for Long Beach State on Monday.
No. 8- Kentucky
Ah yes, the questions and criticism surrounding Kentucky and their loss to Duke have come and gone. Big Blue Nation isn't worried, the Wildcats will only get better as the season rolls along.
No. 7- Missouri
A quiet 3-0 start for the Tigers was expected. Now, Missouri must prepare for the Battle 4 Atlantis. Just how much of a threat are the Tigers this season? We are going to find out.
No. 6- Duke
Right now, Duke looks like the top team in the ACC. That being said, the season has just begun, but the Blue Devils have sure looked good coming out of the gate.
No. 5- Syracuse
No problems for Syracuse to begin the season and the Orange should rack up a few more wins as the month of November rolls along.
No. 4- Michigan
Buckle up, Michigan fans, we are about to see just what the Wolverines are worth. A trip to New York City as part of the semifinals for the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off is on the docket in the coming days, while a pivotal test against North Carolina State looms next week.
No. 3- Ohio State
Ohio State has taken care of their business to begin the year, but a trip to Duke is scheduled for next week. Who however, will emerge as the Buckeyes' third threat behind Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft?
No. 2- Louisville
No problems for Louisville to begin the season, but it's now time for the Cardinals to show out. A trip to the Bahamas as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis is just the environment that Louisville needs to prove their elite status.
No. 1- Indiana
Is Indiana on upset alert in Brooklyn? Maybe, but let's be serious, the Hoosiers are the team to beat heading into the semifinal round of the 2012 Legends Classic.