Rant Sports Week 3 Official College Basketball Top 25 Rankings
Week 3 Top 25 Rankings
The 2013-14 college basketball season is still very young, but so much has already happened. A couple of top five teams have already gone down and a lot of that has to deal with the Champions Classic. Regardless, the rankings for this week are going to look different than last week’s rankings, especially near the top.
Both Michigan State and Kansas recorded big wins in the Champions Classic. Michigan went down to Iowa State and Oklahoma State got a big win against Memphis.
The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats went down to the Spartans, so you can expect a new team at the top. I am sure that team will not surprise too many people.
Only a couple of teams in the top 25 actually got pushed out of the rankings, which means a couple of programs will be new to the rankings--at least for this season.
The season may be young, but the top freshmen coming into the season are already dominating the headlines. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle have all been great. Wiggins’ Kansas Jayhawks are still undefeated and the same thing cannot be said about Randle's or Parker's team.
Mitch McGary finally took the court and should be a huge bonus to the Wolverines.
Read on to see this week’s top 25. There are really no major surprises, but you will notice some changes. That tends to happen when so many ranked teams lose and when so many other ranked teams record big victories.
25. UCLA Bruins
UCLA hasn’t really been tested, but the Bruins have still been solid. Jordan Adams is leading the way with 19.7 points per game.
24. Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa is still undefeated and its best player finally had a big game. Roy Devyn Marble dropped 27 points last game, while shooting 69.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc.
23. North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina already has one loss on the season and it hasn’t even gotten to the tougher part of its schedule.
The team needs P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald back on the court. I do not think the Tar Heels can challenge for an ACC title without them. Luckily, ACC play isn't even close to starting.
22. Iowa State Cyclones
Melvin Ejim was huge in his return. He scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Cyclones won. May I remind you that the victory came against a top 10 ream in the Michigan Wolverines.
21. Creighton Bluejays
Creighton is 3-0 and Doug McDermott has been great so far. He is averaging 25.7 points per game on the season and it would not be a surprise if he kept that up all year long.
20. Memphis Tigers
Oklahoma State dropped 101 points on the Memphis Tigers. As you can probably imagine, the Cowboys came away with the victory. Memphis has a bunch of talent, but it still has a lot to prove.
19. Gonzaga Bulldogs
I am not going to move the Gonzaga Bulldogs way up the rankings until they beat a solid team. With that in mind, Kevin Pangos and co. have looked great so far and a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament is not out of the question. However, the season just started, so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.
18. Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks have looked pretty solid so far and the transfer players continue to lead this team. Joseph Young is averaging 30 points per game and Mike Moser is averaging 20.5 points per game.
17. Wichita State Shockers
I would have liked to see Wichita State challenge itself more in its non-conference schedule, but it will be tested soon enough. The Shockers are talented enough to go undefeated for a long time, though.
16. New Mexico Lobos
New Mexico currently has three players that are averaging near 20 points per game. That probably will not be the case all season long, but you have to love the inflated stats that the Lobos are putting up early on in the season.
15. Baylor Bears
Brady Heslip is leading the Baylor Bears in scoring and Kenny Chery is filling in very nicely at the point guard position.
Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin need to get more involved in the scoring department, but I am sure that will happen soon enough.
14. Connecticut Huskies
The Connecticut Huskies are still undefeated, but they will play the Florida Gators in early December. That will likely be one of the tougher contests of the season for the Huskies, but they still have the talent to pull off the victory.
13. Florida Gators
Florida lost to a very good Wisconsin team. Say what you want about the Gators not being at full strength, but a loss is a loss when it comes down to it.
Scottie Wilbekin needs to come back from suspension. Point guard Kasey Hill is injured and who knows when he will be back. That is a huge loss for a team that has been short-handed since the start of the season.
12. Michigan Wolverines
Michigan lost to a very underrated Iowa State team, but at least Mitch McGary is finally back. With him, the Wolverines will contend for a national championship.
11. Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers already have two solid wins on the season and they came in the first two games. Wisconsin has beaten St. John’s and Florida and looks like a serious threat for the Big Ten title.
10. VCU Rams
VCU did not blow Virginia out or anything like that, but it still managed to beat a ranked opponent early on in the season. The Rams are the real deal and they will show their worth all year long.
9. Syracuse Orange
Syracuse has not been tested yet, but Minnesota should provide a challenge. The Orange will also have to play Indiana on Dec. 3, which could be a much more intriguing game than some people may think.
However, the Orange must get through the Golden Gophers and the rest of the Maui Invitational field before they can even think about the matchup with the Hoosiers.
8. Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State only allowed 35 points against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Marquette came into that game ranked, so that is kind of saying a lot.
7. Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils already have one loss, but they lost to a very talented Kansas team. I really thought the Blue Devils were going to come away with the victory, but they will have other opportunities to show their worth.
Regardless, the team has won three games since then and Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood have looked great.
6. Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky did not stay at the top of the rankings very long, but they did only lose by four points to Michigan State. Julius Randle has looked beastly early on and he could be the best player in the country.
5. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State got a huge win over the Memphis Tigers and Marcus Smart played a big part in that. Smart dropped a career-high 39 points and finally showed why he was a preseason All-American.
Being ranked No. 5 may seem a bit high, but I am all about awarding teams in the rankings who actually perform, rather than moving teams up the rankings simply because they keep on winning.
4. Arizona Wildcats
Arizona is already 5-0 and it already has a pretty decent victory over the San Diego State Aztecs.
It is not set in stone, but Arizona and Duke will more than likely play each other in the NIT Season Tip-Off--assuming neither team gets upset.
3. Louisville Cardinals
Louisville has had a number of scoring options so far this season, but Russ Smith has been the best one. What a surprise. The Cardinals are still undefeated and that may be the case for a long time.
2. Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas beat a very good Duke team, which led to a No. 2 ranking in this week’s top 25. Andrew Wiggins and Perry Ellis have been great so far and both came up huge against the Blue Devils.
1. Michigan State Spartans
If a team is ranked No. 2 and it beats the top team in the nation, it is going to be ranked No. 1 in the rankings the following week every time. With that said, I am sure many people thought that Michigan State should have entered the season by being ranked No. 1.