Rock Chalk Blog Power Rankings: Week 2

College basketball got off to an exciting first week with plenty of storylines forming and a few key upsets taking place. Here is our Top 15 heading into Week 2. 

  1. Gonzaga (2-0)
    Gonzaga showcased why they, not Baylor, are clearly the best team in the country by beating Kansas and Auburn, and not showing any weaknesses in the process. They are incredibly good, folks. Of course, Baylor could immediately prove us wrong when they face the Bulldogs Saturday.
  2. Baylor (1-0)
  3. Iowa (2-0)
  4. Kansas (1-1)
    Yes, we moved Kansas up a spot despite the loss, because Gonzaga is just that good and there shouldn’t be any shame in losing the first game of the year on a neutral floor to the best team in the country and keeping it close for most of the game.
  5. Illinois (3-0)
    The reason Illinois didn’t pass Kansas is because they barely got by a not very good Ohio team on their home court.
  6. Villanova (2-1)
    Villanova lost in OT to Virginia Tech on a neutral court, but we still feel like they deserve to be in the top 10. 
  7. Wisconsin (2-0)
  8. Michigan State (2-0)
  9. Duke (1-0)
  10. Creighton (1-0)
  11. West Virginia (3-0)
  12. North Carolina (1-0)
    It was ugly, but the Mountaineers got three good wins to start their season, so we moved them up to 12. Much like last season, their ability to score is a big question. 
  13. Houston (3-0)
  14. Texas Tech (2-1)
  15. Tennessee (0-0)

Biggest Fallers: Virginia and Kentucky

Virginia suffered a massive upset to San Francisco, who previously lost to UMass Lowell. They just didn’t look good at all. It must be something about playing teams that are green….

Kentucky lost to Richmond in Rupp Arena. Granted, Richmond is a pretty solid team, but Kentucky did not look like a traditional Kentucky team.  We don’t feel like they are a Top 15 team right now. They can get back on track with win over Kansas, though.

Mid-Major To Keep an Eye on: Richmond

Richmond went into a hostile arena and topped Kentucky. They didn’t even play that well. They were picked to win the A-10 conference, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them ranked in the AP poll soon.

Landen Fields

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