College Basketball Power Rankings: Shuffle at the top as Arizona, North Carolina tumble

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There is going to be quite the shakeup in all of Monday’s poll and power rankings after one of the most riveting weeks of regular season college basketball that I can remember.

The PK80 was must-see TV where both Duke and Michigan State left with titles. Arizona went from being a title contender to a dumpster fire in the span of three days, while Villanova played precisely no one in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Florida is the most dangerous team in the country and may not be the best team in the SEC, while Notre Dame staged an impressive comeback against a Wichita State team that looks to be one of the nation’s best.

You forgot about that last one, didn’t you?

Between the Thanksgiving food comas — yes, plural, if you don’t have to sleep off the leftovers you’re not doing the holiday right — and the insanity of what happened on Friday night and Sunday night in Portland, I wonder just how many people have forgotten that Notre Dame and Wichita State kicked off this week with an epic battle in Maui.

We said last week that we were finally going to learn something about the best teams in the country, and we sure did. Duke is far from a finished product but is winning games nonetheless. Michigan State whipped up on an unimpressive North Carolina team without Miles Bridges playing well. Florida is real. Texas A&M is real. Notre Dame and Wichita State seem to be real. Gonzaga is the best team in the WCC.

Here is the full NBC Sports Power Rankings:

1. Duke, 8-0 (Last Week: No. 1)
2. Michigan State, 5-1 (2)
3. Kansas, 5-0 (3)
4. Villanova, 6-0 (4)
5. Florida, 5-1 (7)
6. Texas A&M, 6-0 (12)
7. Notre Dame, 6-0 (13)
8. Cincinnati, 6-0 (8)
9. Wichita State, 4-1 (6)
10. Minnesota, 7-0 (13)
11. Miami, 5-0 (10)
12. Gonzaga, 5-1 (22)
13. Xavier, 5-1 (11)
14. Louisville, 4-0 (14)
15. Kentucky, 6-1 (17)
16. USC, 4-1 (9)
17. Seton Hall, 5-1 (16)
18. Texas Tech, 6-0 (25)
19. Virginia, 6-0 (NR)
20. Baylor, 5-0 (NR)
21. Creighton, 5-1 (NR)
22. Arizona State, 6-0 (NR)
23. West Virginia, 6-1 (NR)
24. North Carolina, 5-1 (18)
25. Alabama, 5-1 (20)

NEW ADDITIONS: No. 19 Virginia, No. 20 Baylor, No. 21 Creighton, No. 22 Arizona State, No. 23 West Virginia

DROPPED OUT: No. 3 Arizona, No. 19 Saint Mary’s, No. 21 Purdue, No. 23 UCLA, No. 24 Texas