1). Villanova Wildcats (10-0)– The defending National Champions have now won 16 consecutive games dating back until last year. They will stay as our number one until they lose a game.
2). Baylor Bears (8-0)- Does any team have more quality wins on their record?
3). UCLA Bruins (10-0)- The Bruins beat Kentucky and have the best shooting team in the nation.
4). Kansas Jayhawks (9-1)- The Jayhawks have an early-season win over Duke, and their only loss was to an excellent Indiana team. The Carlton Bragg suspension hurts this team; the question is will he be back.
5). Duke Blue Devils (8-1)- The Blue Devils have been hot since a 2 point loss to Kansas. Let’s face it though the competition has not been stellar.
6). Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-0)- This may be the best Gonzaga team yet.
7). Kentucky Wildcats (9-1)- The Wildcats are limited right now by their inability to shoot the ball from the perimeter.
8). North Carolina Tar Heels (9-1)- Justin Jackson is turning into the Tar Heels go to guy.
9). Indiana Hoosiers (8-1)- Sophomore OG Anunoby has missed the past three games with an ankle injury. The Hoosiers have won all three, but next Saturday they face a good Butler Bulldogs team.
10). Louisville Cardinals (9-1)- The Cardinals only loss was to an excellent Baylor team. The Cardinals just may be the best defensive team in the country.
11). West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1)- West Virginia is an excellent defensive team, and nobody is better than the Mountaineers at creating turnovers.
12). Creighton Blue Jays (10-0)- The Blue Jays look like a serious contender in the Big East this year. We will find out a lot about this team in early January when they face Villanova.
13). Virginia Cavaliers (8-1)- A superb team led by Kyle Guy. Their only loss was to West Virginia.
14). Wisconsin Badgers (8-1)- Their only losses have been to Creighton and North Carolina, should contend for a Big Ten title.
15). Butler Bulldogs (9-1)- A tough loss midweek to Indiana State was followed by an excellent win over Cincinnati.
16). Purdue Boilermakers (8-2)- The Boilers have been great behind the three-point line this season. Two losses in close games to Villanova and Louisville shows this team is going to be tough to deal with all year.
17). Xavier Musketeers (8-2)- The Muskies have had two tough losses on the road to Baylor and Colorado, which should only help them come tourney time. Rebounded Saturday night with a home win against a good Utah team.
18). Notre Dame (9-1)- Went to the wire with Villanova on Saturday, this is a very underrated team.
19). Florida Gators (7-3)- The Gators have lost two close games to Duke and Gonzaga. They seem to be one of the few teams that can challenge the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC.
20). Arizona Wildcats (9-2)- Close losses to Gonzaga and Butler. This is a solid well-coached team that will compete in every game.
21). South Carolina (8-0)- Sindarius Thornwell was suspended indefinitely before Sunday’s win over FIU. He’s the Gamecocks’ leading scorer and leading rebounder. Without him, they won’t be ranked for very long.
22). USC Trojans (8-0)- The Trojans have beaten some good teams to start the season. They could surprise in the Pac 12.
23). Cincinnati Bearcats (7-2)- The Bearcats as always are an excellent defensive team, but like years past they are offensively challenged.
24). Oregon Ducks (7-2)- The Ducks have gotten off to a slow start, but seem to be starting to hit their stride.
25). Miami Hurricanes (7-2)- The Canes only two losses have come to top 25 teams.