This is Craig's first NCAA basketball power rankings this year as he likes to wait until after the bowl season is finished before he changes focus to college basketball.
This season has seen the regualr suspects near the top of the rankings, though there have been some big upsets that have knocked off some huge favorites.
If you are new to reading Craig's power rankings, this is one of Craig's tools he uses in handicapping sports contest and picking winners against the spread. Always keep in mind that this is just one of the many tools he uses, so use wisely to help with your own winners.
1. North Carolina
Unlike the polls, Craig does not over react to one loss they are still the best team and it is not close! Deepest team we have seen in recent years.
The last 5 years have seen a power house develop at Pitt and Coach Jamie Dixon might have his best team yet. Point Guard Fields is not the best player but is the best leader in the country.
Jim Calhoun is no doubt banking on another Big East title and with 9 ranked teams he definately will test his team. Thabeet in the middle will show all why the NBA are drooling all over him.
Key injury are the only thing that can keep Duke off track this year. Singler has improved since last year and is in the player of year race.
5. Wake Forest
Many of you probably have not see this much improved Wake team. They are the biggest team at every position and are great athletes they will give UNC and Duke all they can handle!
They lose a lottery pick every year but just reload and win. Very tough hard nosed team that have already beat two ranked teams.
Hard to figure out how to stop the best player in the country Blake Griffin. Pick your poison let Griffin beat you on the block or double team him and let there good shooting guards knock down threes.
Off back-to-back losses, Craig might this young GMEN even more. Great heart shown by there young talented players and they will keep getting better as this season progresses.
9. Michigain State
Only big ten that has any chance of making noise in the NCAA tournament national title game. Sophmore point guard don't usually lead teams but Lucas is without a doubt there best player and leader.
10. Notre Dame
Player of the Year candidate Luke Haringody has come back even better this year and ready to lead this team to BIG EAST and National Title hopes. Don't fall asleep on this teams as 5 seniors have all the experience.
Many of you will probably look at these rankings and compare them to the current top 25. They are much different because Craig does not penalize a recent loss any more than one a month ago. Too many people look at recent success only and ignore the whole body of work. Truly believe that the national champion comes from one of these listed top 10 this year.
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