College basketball power rankings: Purdue’s undefeated start puts it ahead of Houston, Virginia, Texas, UConn

1 Record: 7-0 No staff put up a greater mixture of win high quality + undefeated document + fashion of victory in November than the undefeated Boilermakers, which acquired out of the month and not using a scratch due to Wednesday evening’s street win at Florida State. Zach Edey is the early frontrunner for nationwide participant of the yr. Per Purdue, Edey’s six-game run of scoring no less than 20 factors is the third longest streak for a 7-foot participant within the final 25 seasons. Beyond that, freshmen guards Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer have 42 assists vs. 23 turnovers this season. 2 Record: 6-0 Preseason readers of aren’t shocked to see Virginia again within the combine nationally. But this good this early? That’s a twist virtually no one had coming. The Cavaliers have defeated three top-50 groups: Baylor, Illinois and Michigan. All these wins got here away from dwelling. Here’s the scary factor. Of course UVA is thought for its protection, however how concerning the Hoos averaging 45.2% from 3 by means of six video games? That’s No. 2 nationally. Even if that proportion ranges out round 41 or 42%, it’s going to place Virginia in a commanding place within the ACC. 3 Record: 7-0 It’s been virtually 40 years (March 14, 1983) since Houston final held the No. 1 rating within the AP ballot, however that drought ended Monday. To get a way for the way particular that is, Houston beforehand solely reached the ballot summit when Elvin Hayes, Don Chaney, Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler have been on campus (within the late ’60s after which within the mid ’80s). It’s a giant second for Kelvin Sampson as properly; he by no means reached No. 1 at any of his earlier stops. The Cougars have a troublesome take a look at Saturday in Fort Worth towards Saint Mary’s. 4 Record: 5-0 The Longhorns look virtually pretty much as good as the brand new constructing they’re taking part in in, the Moody Center. It’s early, I do know, however Chris Beard touchdown Iowa State switch Tyrese Hunter could possibly be the ingredient to get Texas a Big 12 title this season. The Longhorns have one important win so far, a house dominance of Gonzaga. Get prepared, although. On Thursday, one other ranked staff will play in Austin: Creighton at Texas is the very best sport of the evening. And earlier than Week 2 of the Hey Nineteen publishes, Texas may have a matchup in New York towards Illinois on the Jimmy V Classic. 5 Record: 8-0 I used to be in Portland for the PK85 and watched all three of UConn’s wins. An 83-59 drubbing of Oregon, wherein the Huskies made a school-record 17 treys. An 82-67 breakaway victory over Alabama that was witness to preseason Big East POY Adama Sanogo going for 25 factors. And a 71-53 over-the-shoulder dismissal of Iowa State, a sport that noticed freshmen Donovan Clingan and Alex Karaban show how deep this staff is. UConn’s by no means received eight straight below Dan Hurley till now. Clearly taking part in like a top-five staff. 6 Record: 6-0 Tommy Lloyd’s Wildcats have been a mainstay within the power rankings a season in the past. Didn’t essentially count on U of A to be this excessive so quickly, however clearly this group deserves it. It’s been off for greater than every week since successful the Maui title. Now that December’s right here, early Pac-12 play has arrived with it. Arizona will play at Utah on Thursday evening, then host Cal on Sunday. With a win vs. the Utes, Lloyd can be 40-4 to start his teaching profession. 7 Record: 7-0 Indiana is responding properly to its hyped season. It’s been six years since Indiana cracked the highest 10 of the AP ballot, and lookie right here: into December and not using a scratch. The Hoosiers have been two steps ahead of North Carolina all Wednesday evening of their 77-67 win. Indiana now claims a 10-6 benefit all time over the Heels. IU’s finest win is the one at Xavier, and one other street problem is across the bend. A roadie towards Rutgers on Saturday awaits. 8 Record: 6-1 There’s a top-10 affair happening in Austin, Texas this night. The Bluejays are taking part in their fourth consecutive top-30 KenPom opponent, all of these video games coming away from dwelling. The first three have been every week in the past in Maui (wins over Texas Tech and Arkansas, a two-point loss to Arizona within the championship sport). The Jays have been pretty much as good because the preseason billing due to a return to top-tier offensive stylings, which wasn’t why Creighton made the NCAAs final season. It was the protection that acquired ’em there. 9 Record: 6-1 What staff has the No. 1 per-possession protection? These Volunteers. They’d be flawless within the loss column if not for that quizzical 78-66 loss the opening week of the season in Nashville towards Colorado. Rick Barnes’ staff amended that mistake by successful the Battle 4 Atlantis, culminating that run with a title sport victory over Kansas. The Vols have re-established their top-10 bonafides without having a full roster. Josiah-Jordan James has been hampered with knee soreness, which has saved him off the ground for the previous 4 video games. 10 Record: 7-1 The Jayhawks have three wins vs. high-major applications and can go for a fourth on Thursday when Seton Hall involves city. Bill Self’s staff performed poorly vs. Tennessee over the weekend. Otherwise, it’s been a pleasant follow-up to the nationwide title sport. Jalen Wilson (22.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.6 apg) has been a top-five participant by means of the primary three weeks. His teammate, Gradey Dick, has arguably been the nation’s finest freshman. 11 Record: 7-0 Among the extra nice surprises in November. A month in the past, Maryland felt like a 50/50 proposition to make the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Now it’s extra like 75/25. Kevin Willard is the one coach in Terps historical past to start a tenure 7-0. Maryland does not have a signature win but, however that chance is quick approaching. The Xfinity Center is on tempo for a sellout in College Park on Friday evening. Illinois is coming to city. It’s the largest sport in that joint since Feb. 29, 2020. (I used to be there for Michigan State-Maryland.) 12 Record: 6-1 My preseason choose for Big Ten champion has come out robust. The solely loss got here towards Virginia in Las Vegas on Nov. 20. Illinois has gotten every part it may have requested for and extra out of Texas Tech switch Terrence Shannon Jr., who’s placing up 19.9 factors, 6.3 rebounds and three.6 assists whereas sinking 43% of his 3-point makes an attempt. That Shannon has been that good whereas Coleman Hawkins is succesful of triple-doubles? They’ll want that upcoming: Maryland and Texas (at MSG; I’ll see you there) are the subsequent two. 13 Record: 5-2 Mark Few advised me in Portland that he is by no means put collectively a tougher non-con schedule than this yr. (Gonzaga is my highest-rated two-loss staff as a result of of this.) To recap: Michigan State on an plane provider; at Texas; vs. Kentucky at Spokane Arena; Purdue and Xavier at PK85; vs. Baylor on Friday, and that sport is in South Dakota; dwelling vs. an excellent Kent State staff on Monday; dwelling vs. Washington on Dec. 9; lastly at Alabama (in Birmingham) on Dec. 17. The Zags have had a 1-seed resume for 4 years operating, however that most likely ends this season. 14 Record: 6-1 The Crimson Tide received the season’s first four-overtime sport on Sunday with a 103-101 scramble of a victory towards North Carolina on the PK85. I caught the top of it, and Oats was smiling like a child on Christmas after getting that W. Oats has a staff that may compete for the SEC title if it can get its turnover points below management. Jahvon Quinerly is again after tearing his ACL, and he’ll most likely want one other couple of weeks to get totally in control. 15 Record: 7-0 The Tigers have just one good win to date — a house one towards an excellent Saint Louis squad — however given every part the Tigers misplaced after final season, a 7-0 start is price commending. How about this one: Auburn misplaced Walker Kessler, the highest shot-blocker in high-major basketball, and but based on KenPom, AU is No. 1 in block price nationally with out Kessler. The Tigers ought to enhance to 8-0 by Friday evening, though the staff coming to Auburn is Colgate, which received at Syracuse. 16 Record: 7-0 The most neglected undefeated staff within the nation, no less than amongst power conferences. Chris Jans has instituted a perception in Mississippi State instantly. The Bulldogs have but to permit a staff to attain 56 factors. There are neutral-court wins over Marquette and Utah. With a largely nameless roster, Jans has guided MSU into the highest 30 at and will get by means of the nonconference undefeated. What a narrative that may be for a program continually in search of relevance. 17 Record: 6-1 By no means was this intentional, however right here it is: a fourth straight SEC staff on the listing. The Razorbacks lastly acquired heralded freshman Nick Smith Jr. on the courtroom (briefly) within the Hogs’ win Monday over Troy. But they traded one participant for one more, as veteran guard Devo Davis has left the staff for undisclosed causes and indefinitely. The college launched a press release Monday and included their help of Davis’ determination to step away. San Jose State is subsequent, this weekend. 18 Record: 6-1 Horned Frogs followers are far more enthusiastic about soccer in the mean time, given this system’s on the precipice of its first College Football Playoff berth. Understandable! But if Georgia, Michigan and USC are going to be the opposite three groups within the Playoff — or even when it’s Ohio State that will get in there — you understand what? TCU would possibly nonetheless have the very best likelihood of any faculty to make the CFP and the Final Four in the identical season. TCU entered this season 14th within the AP Top 25, its highest preseason mark. 19 Record: 7-1 The Hurricanes have continued their development of quiet success below Jim Larrañaga by clearing victories towards Providence, UCF and Rutgers, the final one starting Wednesday evening in Coral Gables. I’d guess The U pops out and in of the Hey Nineteen all season, as this staff can be succesful of beating anybody besides perhaps Virginia on the street within the ACC. The excellent news: Miami does not must play at UVA this season.

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