After the first two weeks of the college basketball season, we can safely say that, at least for the most part, all the teams who were expected to be good have looked very good.
Even a team like Michigan State, which started the season with a loss on a neutral court against Connecticut, has bounced back nicely with two straight victories, including a huge win against then-No. 7 Kansas last Tuesday.
However, we don't really know anything about the 25 teams that comprise the Associated Press rankings yet, and that is a good thing. College basketball is a marathon, not a sprint, and teams tend to organize their schedule to reflect that, with a few cupcakes preceding the meat of the schedule.
Unsurprisingly, Indiana is still the No. 1 team in the country. The Hoosiers have yet to be tested—their first real battle will likely come on November 27 against North Carolina in Bloomington—but they are taking care of their business in impressive fashion, leading the nation in scoring offense.
The biggest change near the top of the rankings comes with Duke and Kentucky. The two teams met on a neutral floor last week, with the Blue Devils grinding out a 75-68 victory. Both teams are going to be near the top of the standings when all is said and done, so they are just jockeying for position now.
We may not have a lot of madness until March, but there are a lot of huge games on the horizon as we close out the month. Don't expect the status quo in the AP Rankings to last much longer.
Here are the AP Top 25 Rankings for Week 3 of the 2012 college basketball season.
|WEEK 3 AP TOP 25 RANKINGS|
|3. Ohio State|
|9. North Carolina|
|15. Michigan State|
|16. N.C. State|
|20. Oklahoma State|
|25. San Diego State|