Power Ranking the Top Five Teams After the Undefeated Teams
The Best Non-Undefeated Teams in the Country
Duke Blue Devils, Michigan Wolverines and Arizona Wildcats. Those are the only three ranked undefeated teams left in all of college basketball. It is hard to argue against these three teams not being the best in the country, so why even try. Instead, let’s focus on the power rankings of the top five teams after these undefeated teams.
The Cincinnati Bearcats were undefeated until they took on the New Mexico Lobos, who beat the Bearcats on their own court. Wyoming is still undefeated, but they aren’t even ranked for whatever reason.
Just like every year, there is a bunch of teams that are capable of going on a Final Four run this season. The Indiana Hoosiers entered the year as the favorite to win a national championship, and they are still likely one of the favorites despite a loss to the Butler Bulldogs.
Speaking of which, Butler has been making a lot of noise this year and is currently ranked No. 18 in the nation. There are numerous teams ranked in the top 25 who only have one loss, but there are a couple of really good two-loss teams, like the Bulldogs.
There is still so much basketball yet to be played this season and conference play hasn't even started yet, but we still have a pretty good idea on how good some of the top teams will be this year.
So, read on to see the power rankings of the top five teams after the undefeated teams.
5. Butler Bulldogs (9-2)
Yes, the Butler Bulldogs already have two losses on the season, but they came against two very solid opponents. One was against the Xavier Musketeers at Xavier and the other was against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Illinois has a great case for being one of the best teams in the nation, but Butler’s wins speak for themselves.
The Bulldogs were beating the North Carolina Tar Heels by 29 points at one points in the game and they did not trail a single time. The final score was 82-71.
Butler also beat the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers at the time. Not many teams are going to beat Indiana this year, but the Bulldogs will be one of them. Not to mention, Butler also beat the Marquette Golden Eagles in buzzer-beater fashion.
Butler has a good inside and outside game and can keep up with any team in the country.
4. Kansas Jayhawks (10-1)
The Kansas Jayhawks’ best win of the season came against the Ohio State Buckeyes on the road. Their only loss of the year was against the Michigan State Spartans by three points.
Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore are proving to be two of the best players in the country and they are on the same team. As a freshman, McLemore is averaging 16.5 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Withey isn’t too far behind, with 14.1 points per game.
This team has its fair share of talent and plenty of leadership. Come tournament time, Kansas will be in the talks for being a No. 1 seed in the dance, pretty much like every other year.
3. Florida Gators (8-2)
Most people would probably not agree with the Florida Gators being ranked this high, since they have lost two out of their past three games, but the Gators are just as good as anyone when it comes to talent.
Everyone knew Florida’s offense was going to be solid this year, with Kenny Boynton, Patric Young and Erik Murphy returning, but no one knew its defense was going to be just as good.
Florida showed that it needs to learn how to close out ballgames and play better down the stretch when it played both Kansas State and Arizona. The Gators lost both of those games by an average of 3.5 points per game. Florida’s bench has not been playing good as of late, but its bench is the reason why the Gators are capable of going on a Final Four run this season.
2. Louisville Cardinals (11-1)
The Louisville Cardinals do not have the most impressive resume on the season, but it definitely isn’t a bad one, with their best win of the year coming against the Missouri Tigers by the score of 84-61.
The Cardinals only loss of the year was against Duke by the score of 76-71.
No one can argue how good of a defense that Louisville has this season. Just a year ago, this team made the Final Four and they have the team to do it once again in the 2012-13 college basketball season.
Not to mention, Russ Smith has been in beast mode, averaging 19.7 points per game in just 27.6 minutes per game.
1. Indiana Hoosiers (11-1)
The Indiana Hoosiers may not even be the best team in Indiana right now, since they did just lose to the Butler Bulldogs, but talent wise this team is the best in the country.
Cody Zeller is the leader of this team, but there are four other players averaging 11 or more points per game, which is a big reason why Indiana has the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation.
Indiana has the most well-rounded and deepest team in the country.
The Hoosiers’ best wins on the year so far came against Georgetown and North Carolina. The only blemish was the loss against Butler in overtime by two points.
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