CSM College Basketball Top 25 rankings week two, as this week in college basketball showed a lot of upsets. So which teams rose and which teams fell? In addition, Gonzaga has two tough games this week, as they play UCLA and Duke; they are two top teams. Likewise, Michigan and Illinois both fall big time in the top 25 as they had a rough week. So these are the top 25 rankings for this week.
1. Gonzaga (4-0)
No surprise here who’s number one, as the Zags have looked really good in the first couple of weeks. Likewise, Drew Timme has looked excellent starting, as he is already averaging 18.8 points per game. He scored 37 points against Texas in a 86-74 win for the Zags. Andrew Nembhard is also a key player in their rotation. He is a player that makes things happen for the Zags. In addition, he is averaging 7 points a game, with 4.8 assists and two rebounds. But if the Zags win both games this week, which to me they should at least split, this team can make a deep run come NCAA tournament time, with their veteran leadership.
2. UCLA (4-0)
In the number two slot is UCLA coming off the big win overtime against Villanova last week. As the transfer from Kentucky, Johnny Juzang, was a key part of their victory, as he had 25 points. Jaime Jaquez was also a big part of their victory; he had 21 points. But UCLA plays Gonzaga Tuesday, which should be a great game. This UCLA team is definitely a team to watch in March, as they have a number of scorers that can spread you out.
3. Purdue (5-0)
Purdue looked excellent in the first couple of weeks, as they beat North Carolina and Villanova in a tournament in Uncasville, CT. Zack Edey has played well for the Boilermakers as he had 21 points against the Wildcats and overcame an 11-point second-half deficit. Likewise, Purdue has an easy week this week, as they only play Nebraska-Omaha on Friday.
4. Duke (4-0)
The Blue Devils looked good in the first couple of weeks of this season, as they beat Kentucky the first week of the season. Duke does play the Zags on Friday, which should be a great matchup this early in this season. But the biggest thing on Duke this season will be Paolo Banchero. In addition, we will wait and see if he can clean up his off-the-court issues, as we all know what he can do on the court. Trevor Keels is also a guy who had 25 points against the Wildcats, and he is a key part of the Blue Devils.
5. Kansas (3-0)
The Jayhawks have looked good in the first couple of weeks. They beat Michigan State the first week of the season. In addition, Ochai Agbaji is a great talent and one of the best players in the nation, as he had 29 points against the Spartans. Likewise, Kansas plays in St. Johns on Friday, which could be a trap game for them as it’s tough to play on the road in college basketball.
6. Baylor (4-0)
The Bears have looked good in the first couple of weeks. However, they really haven’t played anybody as their only good win was against Stanford, which was a team that lost to Santa Clara early in the week. The Bears play Villanova on Sunday which should be their first test. But this will be a team that will be a good team in March.
7. Texas (3-1)
Texas is the team that hired Chris Beard this offseason. Likewise, he has paid off big-time, as they are off to a good start, with their only loss to a good Gonzaga team. The one thing about Chris Beard is he gets the most out of his players, as we have seen time and time again when he was at Texas Tech. In addition, this is a Texas team that, to me, can hang with anybody, as Chris Beard plays that old-school physical run-and-gun basketball.
8. Villanova (3-2)
Yes, I know Villanova has two losses. But you have to look at who they lost, UCLA and Purdue, two top teams. This is a Villanova team that looked good against Tennessee; they grew a big half-time lead and never looked back. In addition, this is a Villanova team that his veteran leadership, and they play smart basketball. Likewise, they don’t turn the ball over and they do the simple things right.
9. Memphis (4-0)
This Penny Hardaway team is fun to watch as they are very high flying. As they haven’t really played anybody yet this season but they do play in a tournament in Brooklyn, NY. Likewise, they play Virginia Tech to start with, which should be their first season test. The only thing I question about this young Memphis team is if they have the players that can hit big shots when they need to.
10. Alabama (4-0)
The Tide round out the Top 10, as this Nate Oats team should be fun to watch this season. They really haven’t played anybody yet but they do play the Zags in a couple of weeks, on December 4th, which should be a great matchup.
11-25 CSM College Basketball
15. St Bonaventure
24. Ohio State
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