In college basketball, early December is a time of relative calm. It is the calm between the storm of preseason tournaments in November and the flurry of intriguing matchups that take place in mid- to late December, after schools have completed final exams.
One of the first such matchups will be No. 5 Florida at No. 8 Arizona, this coming Saturday.
This past week was certainly the most calm and least volatile week of the season to date. Just one team from last week's Top 25 lost in what was the headliner game of the week: Illinois at Gonzaga.
Illinois came in to the game undefeated and ranked No. 13 but without a real tough test in its run to 9-0. However, the Illini made me eat my words from the past two weeks about their being overrated. After an 85-74 win over the 10th-ranked Bulldogs in Spokane, Illinois has certainly earned its spot in the upper half of this week's AP Top 25.
In a week without a whole lot of movement, which other teams may still be a bit overrated or, conversely, worthy of higher consideration? Here is a look at some such teams, as well as some conferences that are on the winning and losing ends of the Top 25.