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College Basketball Top 25: The Return Of The Minutemen
Each week, just like with football, we’ll bring you the AP’s college basketball rankings along with serious, measured, professional analysis. Let’s get to Week 3!
1. Michigan State (56)
The Spartans beat Portland, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma last week. Despite the success, I must admit that I’m concerned about the current state of affairs in East Lansing.
2. Kansas (8)
The Jayhawks beat Iona and Towson last week. Clearly, they did not want any sort of trouble after playing Duke.
The Wildcats beat UT-Arlington last week. James Young was named SEC Freshman of the Week as well, because everything is going according to plan.
The Wildcats beat Fairleigh Dickinson and Rhode Island last week. They won the FDU game 100-50, which is about as OCD as a blowout can get.
5. Oklahoma State (1)
The Cowboys hamtrucked Memphis in their only last game last week. Marcus Smart did this in that game, which is probably all that needs to be said.
The Blue Devils beat UNC-Asheville and East Carolina easily last week and also eked out a win over Vermont. Meanwhile, with Coach K’s desire to keep Plumlees on the team in perpetuity, this week he announced the adoption of Meerkat Plumlee.
7. Ohio State
The Buckeyes beat “American University,” last week in one of the wildcard spots on their schedule. There is no way to know which team they actually decided to play.
The Orange beat St. Francis (NY, of course) last week. It’s good they stayed close to home, because they have a lot of pumpkin pies to make.
The Cardinals beat Hartford and Fairfield but lost to North Carolina last week. This week they have games lined up against New Haven, Stamford, Bristol, Old Saybrook, and Stars Hollow.
The Badgers beat North Dakota, Bowling Green, and Oral Roberts last week. Center Frank Kaminsky scored 43 against North Dakota, a feat that would have actually, truthfully been impossible for a Wisconsin player last year.
The Bulldogs beat Washington State last week in the teams’ 149th meeting. For two teams that have never been in the same conference, that’s incredible.
12. Wichita State
The Shockers beat Tulsa last week. It was a tough week for the Golden Hurricanes, who spent it exclusively getting beaten by ranked teams.
Although they only played basketball, the Huskies beat BC and Indiana last week to win the 2K Sports Classic. They hope to have their list of 1,999 other sports finished by early spring.
The Ducks beat Utah Valley and San Francisco last week. If the Ducks continue to climb the rankings, they will also be given uniforms made out of mithril.
The Gators beat “Southern University” and Middle Tennessee last week. Billy Donovan, who loves being compared to Will Muschamp, also gave him a vote of confidence this week.
16. North Carolina
The Tar Heels beat Richmond and Louisville last week. Meanwhile, Roy Williams has begun playing incredibly complex mind games with… someone.
17. Iowa State
The Cyclones beat BYU last week. They handled the experience like mature adults.
The Bears beat Charleston Southern last week. After Chaminade and whoever else they’ll play in the Maui Invitational, they’ll play D-III Hardin-Simmons this week, which means they will record the elusive D-I/D-II/D-III triple crown in a single week.
The Bruins beat Sacramento State, Morehead State, and Chattanooga last week to remain undefeated. Their prospects for the season look to improve in a couple weeks when Myles Jack joins the team as a shooting guard.
The Blue Jays also beat Tulsa this week. Sadly, Crate & Barrel pulled their sponsorship of the team, and going forward they will be the Pottery Barn Bluejays.
The Tigers lost to Oklahoma State but were able to regroup with a victory against Nicholls State. The Tigers are still pained with shock from Marcus Smart’s block, but they should be back in 3-5 weeks.
The Wolverines beat Long Beach State and Florida State but lost to Charlotte in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game. Mitch McGary was involved, and he played reasonably but not exceptionally well.
The Hawkeyes beat Penn last week. Naturally, the number of states with more ranked teams than Iowa is now zero.
The Minutemen beat Nebraska, New Mexico, and Clemson last week. They don’t play any games this week, which seems like a bold way to enter the rankings.
The Golden Eagles beat New Hampshire last week. Despite fluidity in the rankings, they were ranked #25 last week as well. They’re cool with that though, and they’d love to hold that door open for you.
Also receiving votes: Austin Hatch, Coach Cal NBA rumors, Jabari Parker coast-to-coast, Maui Invitational, Battle 4 Atlantis, PreseasonNIT,Great Alaska Shootout, learning that UCSB plays in the Thunderdome, Basil Smotherman!
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