We may only be a couple of days into the 2012-13 season, but we have already seen plenty of excitement. Michigan State, which clocked in at No. 8 in the preseason poll, fell to unranked Connecticut. The other top 25 loss of the weekend was No. 18 San Diego State falling to No. 9 Syracuse.
A few weeks ago, the B/R writers took a look at the preseason top 25 teams. Now, they are back with their first top 25 of the regular season:
Rank. Team, Points (Last Week's Ranking)
1. Indiana, 323 (1)
The Hoosiers easily defeated Bryant on Friday in their season opener. Forwards Cody Zeller and Christian Watford both posted double-doubles as the No. 1 team held the Bulldogs to 32.3 percent shooting.
2. Louisville, 307 (2)
The Cardinals shook off a rough first half against Manhattan to emerge victorious in their first game of the season. Russ Smith was the shining star with 23 points and five steals, and Peyton Siva posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
3. Kentucky, 286 (3)
John Calipari and his young Wildcats survived a comeback bid from Maryland at the Barclays Center on Friday. The Wildcats held a 15-point lead in the second half, and after losing the lead eked out a three-point victory. Now, they will travel to the Georgia Dome to take on Duke in another early test.
4. NC State, 274 (4)
The Wolfpack easily defeated Miami (OH) in their first game of the year. Six players scored in double figures as Mark Gottfried's club held the Redhawks to 29 percent shooting.
5. Kansas, 268 (5)
Bill Self's squad defeated Southeast Missouri State by 19 on Friday. Jeff Withey had a double-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks while Ben McLemore had nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists in his collegiate debut. In their next game, the Jayhawks will face Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Georgia.
6. Michigan, 249 (6)
Michigan had no trouble with Division II opponent Slippery Rock on Friday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. led all scorers with 25 points, surpassing the 1,000-point mark for his career. The Wolverines play another cupcake against IUPUI this week and then have their first big test against NC State on November 27.
7. Ohio State, 248 (10)
The Buckeyes upended Albany, 82-60, in their first game of the 2012-13 season. Deshaun Thomas, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith did most of the work, combining for 57 points.
8. Syracuse, 238 (9)
The Orange erased San Diego State's upset hopes on Sunday, defeating the Aztecs 62-49. Syracuse got a big contribution from sophomore Michael Carter-Williams, who scored 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals.
9. Florida, 201 (15)
In the biggest mismatch between two Division I teams this weekend, Florida beat Alabama State by an 84-35 margin. The Gators led the Hornets 47-9 at halftime. Kenny Boynton buoyed the team with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and forward Patric Young contributed a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
10. Duke, 192 (T-12)
The Blue Devils easily defeated Georgia State in their season opener on Friday behind Mason Plumlee's 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Tomorrow, Duke will take on Kentucky in one of the better early-season matchups of the year.
11. Baylor, 186 (11)
In a tough season opener, Baylor defeated Lehigh, which upset Duke in last year's NCAA tournament. The Bears then defeated Jackson State on Sunday to begin the year at 2-0.
12. North Carolina, 170 (T-12)
UNC won its two games this weekend against Gardner Webb and Florida Atlantic by an average of 20.5 points. In each game James Michael McAdoo had a double-double.
13. Arizona, 169 (14)
In its season opener, Arizona survived a scare from Charleston Southern. After leading by single digits most of the way, the Wildcats broke open a larger lead in the final few minutes. Newcomers Mark Lyons and Brandon Ashley shone in their Arizona debuts.
14. UCLA, 163 (7)
In the reopening of Pauley Pavilion, UCLA defeated Indiana State, 86-59. Freshmen Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams shined in their collegiate debuts. Anderson posted a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and Adams led all scorers with 21 points.
15. Missouri, 134 (16)
Mizzou's win over SIU-Edwardsville was not perfect, but it had many bright spots. A healthy Laurence Bowers had 20 points and seven rebounds, Phil Pressey had 19 points and nine assists, and UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi posted eight points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.
16. UNLV, 122 (17)
The Rebels open their season tonight against Northern Arizona in what should be an easy win.
17. Creighton, 117 (T-19)
In what was supposed to be the best mid-major game of the weekend, Creighton defeated North Texas with very little trouble. Behind Doug McDermott's 21 points and 11 rebounds, the Bluejays took a lead with 10:41 left in the first half and never looked back.
18. Memphis, 99 (T-19)
The Tigers open their season tonight North Florida and then play another easy one against Samford on Saturday.
19. Michigan State, 95 (8)
Tom Izzo's Spartans were upset by unranked Connecticut in their season opener. Tomorrow, they get the chance to make up for the loss when they play Kansas in the Champions Classic.
20. Wisconsin, 78 (24)
The Badgers blew by Southeastern Louisiana. They began the game with a 19-0 run and led by as many as 28 in the first half.
21. Notre Dame, 69 (21)
Evansville gave Notre Dame a good fight on Saturday, but the Fighting Irish pulled out the 58-49 win. Jack Cooley had a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and Scott Martin set a career-high with 17 rebounds.
22. Gonzaga, 67 (22)
The Zags had no trouble with Southern Utah in their season opener this weekend. Freshman center Przemek Karnowski paved the way with 22 points the team in his collegiate debut.
23. San Diego State, 43 (18)
The Aztecs fell short of a season-opening upset over Syracuse on the USS Midway. As a team, they shot 27 percent from the field and 5.6 percent from beyond the arc.
24. Cincinnati, 41 (Unranked)
The Bearcats dominated Tennessee-Martin in their season opener, winning 80-57. They continue with an easy stretch to open up their season with their next three games being against Mississippi Valley State, North Carolina A&T and Campbell.
25. Texas, 34 (23)
The Longhorns eked out a win over Fresno State in their first game of the year. Their lack of a point guard with Myck Kabongo out was evident as the team racked up only three assists.
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Connecticut, 26; Kansas State, 15; Marquette, 14; VCU, 13; Minnesota, 11; Pittsburgh, 6; Maryland, 5; Ohio, 5; Murray State, 4; Villanova, 1
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