1. Duke (2-0, Last Week: No. 1): The Blue Devils went 2-0 over the weekend despite the fact that they were playing without Harry Giles III, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden. Granted, those wins came against Marist and Grand Canyon, but how many teams could win two games by an average of 40 points without three of their four best players?
2. Villanova (1-0, 2): Lafayette didn’t have a shot against Villanova on Friday night, losing by 40. The Wildcats get Purdue on the road this week.
3. Oregon (1-0, 4): Oregon won their opener in fairly easy fashion despite playing without Dillon Brooks. Tyler Dorsey had 20 points in the win, but we’ll get a real feel for how good the Ducks are when they play Alec Peters and Valparaiso.
4. Kentucky (2-0, 5): The Wildcats beat both Stephen F. Austin and Canisius – the latter took a little more effort than Coach Cal would have liked – and they did it on the back of strong performances from their back court. That said, the issues they have shooting the ball were prevalent. Kentucky went 9-for-34 from three in the two games, and three of those threes were from Mychal Mulder.
5. Indiana (1-0, 11): The Hoosiers picked off Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic in a thrilling, overtime game. James Blackmon Jr. had 26 points and Curtis Jones looked like he’ll be an impact freshman, but the biggest takeaway from this win is that Indiana has the talent on their perimeter to create offense even with Yogi Ferrell off to the NBA. The Hoosiers suddenly look like the best team in the Big Ten.
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6. Kansas (0-1, 3): The Jayhawks lost to Kansas in a game where they played well. Frank Mason II was terrific while Josh Jackson … wasn’t. Kansas will be fine. When you lose a game in overtime on a neutral floor to a talented team that made the shots that Indiana made down the stretch, you tip your cap and move on. The good news for Kansas? Duke is expected to be without Giles, Tatum and Bolden in the Champions Classic on Tuesday.
7. North Carolina (2-0, 7): The Tar Heels beat Tulane in New Orleans and then lit up a very good Chattanooga team by 40 points. Joel Berry II looked like a real contender for ACC Player of the Year.
8. Virginia (1-0, 6): Virginia was fine this weekend, winning a road opener in dominating fashion without their star center, Austin Nichols. They dropped two spots because A) Indiana earned their spot in the top five, and B) North Carolina was that impressive.
9. Gonzaga (1-0, 8): Like UVA, the Zags dropped a spot in these rankings because Indiana deserved to jump them. The Zags beat Utah Valley by 23 points this week.
10. Louisville (1-0, 9): Donovan Mitchell looked terrific in Louisville’s opener, as did Jaylen Johnson. Deng Adel did not. Louisville smacked Evansville in their win.
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11. Arizona (1-0, 12)
12. Wisconsin (1-0, 11)
13. UCLA (2-0, 19)
14. Xavier (1-0, 13)
15. Michigan State (0-1, 10)
16. Purdue (1-0, 15)
17. Syracuse (1-0, 16)
18. Virginia Tech (1-0, 17)
19. Creighton (1-0, 18)
20. Cincinnati (1-0, 20)
21. Dayton (1-0, 21)
22. Rhode Island (1-0, 22)
23. Saint Mary’s (1-0, 23)
24. Florida State (1-0, 24)
25. Maryland (1-0, 25)