The first power rankings of the new year are hot off the press, and there is a new team holding down the No. 1 spot.
Last week’s ranking: 13
Last week’s ranking: 14
Eli Carter scored 31 points for Rutgers, as the Scarlett Knights handed the Gators their third loss of the season in a double-overtime classic. The Gators bounced back later in the week, defeating Yale by 20 points.
Last week’s ranking: 8
It was certainly a bitter-sweet week for the Hoosiers. On Wednesday, the team lost its first game of the season, falling to the Michigan State Spartans by 15 points. But Indiana showed some grit after experiencing their first hiccup of the season.
Led by 17 points from Jordan Hulls, the Hoosiers upset Jared Sullinger and Ohio State on Saturday.
Last week’s ranking: 10
Last week’s ranking: 15
After wins over Providence and Louisville (Louisville’s first loss of the season), the Hoyas are making their first appearance in this season’s power rankings. Don’t look now, but John Thompson’s boys have won 10 in a row.
Last week’s ranking: Did not appear
Last week’s ranking: 5
The Huskies travel to Seton Hall on Tuesday.
Last week’s ranking: 11
Last week’s ranking: 9
Missouri hosts Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Last week’s ranking: 7
The team plays Temple on Wednesday before starting their slate of ACC games this weekend against Georgia Tech.
Last week’s ranking: 6
Last week’s ranking: 4
Last week’s ranking: 1
Kentucky’s week was highlighted with a win over in-state rival Louisville. Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist extended his double digit scoring streak to seven games, scoring 24 points and snatching 19 rebounds against the Cardinals.
Last week’s ranking: 3
With Ohio State’s upset loss to Indiana, Syracuse moves into the No. 1 slot for the first time this season. The Orange started Big East play on a high note, blowing out Seton Hall and DePaul by an average of 22 points.
Last week’s ranking: 2
Out of this week’s rankings:
Marquette: Marquette has now lost two of their last four games to unranked opponents (LSU, Vanderbilt). Fans have to wonder if the team didn’t peak too early with their 10-0 start. Now the Golden Eagles begin conference play with serious questions surrounding them for the first time all season.
Joshua Sexton is a lifelong basketball fanatic, who watches as many games as possible. In addition, He has played and coached the game at the high school level. He has recently started writing about the game of basketball.