RSN Power Rankings (Dec. 12)

Week 3

  1.  Villanova (10-0)

Last week’s ranking:  1  (-)

Villanova is our #1 ranked team for the second week in a row thanks to two more wins including a tough test against undefeated Notre Dame. The Wildcats headed to Prudential Center for a neutral floor matchup with the 9-0 Irish and took care of business, 74-66. Assuming Josh Hart continues to play at his elite level, Villanova will be a real contender for their second straight National Championship.

2.  Baylor (8-0)

Last week’s ranking: 2 (-)

Baylor did not partake in any games this week after last week’s big win over Xavier. Despite this, the Bears remain at #2 with their nation-leading 4 ranked wins. Johnathan Motley will lead Baylor into three games this week, all against opponents they will be expected to handle easily.

3.  UCLA (10-0)

Last week’s ranking: 3 (-)

The Bruins came off their thrilling victory in Lexington over Kentucky with another signature win. The Bruins drubbed Michigan in their lone game this week, keeping them at #3 in our rankings. Lonzo Ball continues to prove to be the real deal, averaging 9 assists per game to go along with his 15 points per game.

4.  Gonzaga (10-0)

Last week’s ranking: 4 (-)

Gonzaga remains at #4 for the 3rd week in a row in our rankings after taking down Washington and Akron this week. The Zags already have wins over Florida, Iowa State, and Arizona to their name and face a pesky Tennessee team, who pushed North Carolina to the brink in Chapel Hill a few nights ago, later this week.

5.  Kansas (9-1)

Last week’s ranking: 5 (-)

The Jayhawks cap off an unchanged top 5 after easy wins over UMKC and Nebraska. Perhaps the real highlight of their week was the Josh Jackson failed alley-oop against Nebraska. Kansas continues their relatively unchallenging stretch of non conference games on Saturday against Davidson.

6.  Duke (10-1)

Last week’s ranking: 8 (UP 2)

Duke moves up in our rankings after a big week. Luke Kennard, Grayson Allen, and Jayson Tatum led possibly the most talented team in basketball to a good win over Florida and an absolute thrashing of UNLV in Las Vegas. With Harry Giles still to return, Duke is looking like the possible team to beat in the ACC.

7.  Indiana (8-1)

Last week’s ranking: 7 (-)

Thomas Bryant and the Hoosiers claimed a win in their only fixture this week with a 42 point victory over Houston Baptist out of the Southland Conference. It’s been smooth sailing for Indiana since their huge win over North Carolina, but this week will be no easy task with a matchup with Butler looming. The Bulldogs were upset by Indiana State in their last game ending their unbeaten start, but remain a very dangerous threat to Indiana.

8.  North Carolina (10-1)

Last week’s ranking:  9 (UP 1)

Despite moving up in our rankings, North Carolina turned in a rather shaky week per their usual standards. Trailing Tennessee by 8 at halftime was a shock to many, but the Tar Heels battled back and defeated the Volunteers by 2. A win is a win, but a home game against one of the lower teams in the SEC was expected to go much smoother. Either way, the Heels went 2-0 and improved to 10-1 on the year with a huge matchup against Kentucky coming up on Saturday.

9.  Kentucky (9-1)

Last week’s ranking:  10 (UP 1)

After a hugely disappointing loss to UCLA at home, Kentucky bounced back with two wins over an underrated Valparaiso team and Hofstra. The Wildcats took care of business easily as they head into an enormous two-game stretch in which they will take on North Carolina in Las Vegas and Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center, where the Cardinals are undefeated this season.

10. Creighton (10-0)

Last week’s ranking:  11 (UP 1)

Marcus Foster and the Bluejays re-enter our top-10 at 10-0 with two games remaining until Big East play. With a home game against Oral Roberts and a tough trip to Arizona State on the 20th still remaining, Creighton has a manageable, good chance at heading into conference play undefeated. Should they remain unbeaten, a tough Seton Hall team and the #1 team in the country, Villanova, will be waiting to attempt to spoil their perfect start.

11. Louisville  (UP 2)

12. West Virginia  (UP 4)

13. Wisconsin  (UP 6)

14. Notre Dame  (UP 8)

15. South Carolina  (-)

16. Florida State  (NEW)

17. Butler  (DOWN 11)

18. USC  (UP 5)

19. Virginia  (DOWN 1)

20. Purdue  (-)

21. Xavier  (DOWN 7)

22. Arizona (NEW)

23. Virginia Tech  (NEW)

24. Maryland  (NEW

25. Wichita State  (NEW)

Dropped Out: Saint Mary’s, Florida, Cincinnati, TCU, Valparaiso

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RSN Power Rankings (Dec. 12)

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