College Basketball Power 10

Ryan CallahanAnalyst INovember 29, 2008

Welcome to the first edition of the College Basketball Power 10.

(Bold signifies a team is moving up; italics signifies a team moving down)

1. North Carolina

Tyler Hansbrough scored 34 to help UNC handily beat a solid Notre Dame team.

2. UConn

The Huskies are 6-0 with a win over Bryant University.

3. Louisville

Freshman Samardo Samuels has looked dominant in Louisville's first few games, averaged 21 points a game.

4. Pittsburgh

Pitt rounds out three Big East teams in the top five, as it currently sits at 6-0 and plays undefeated Washington State tonight.

5. Duke

Duke moves up in the rankings after starting out 6-0 and winning the 2K Sports Classic. They did struggle to beat Rhode Island, but in their next game recovered to dominate Michigan.

6. Oklahoma

Oklahoma has two wins against ranked opponents, Davidson and Purdue. Blake Griffin has looked dominant so far this season, with three games with 20+ rebounds. [The record is five games by Tim Duncan].

7. Notre Dame

Despite a loss to No. 1 UNC, the Fighting Irish still beat Texas this week to move up to No. 7.

8. Gonzaga

Gonzaga is off to a strong start, easily handling Oklahoma State and Maryland in consecutive games.

9. Tennessee

Bruce Pearl's squad handily beat Georgetown and solid mid-major Siena in consecutive games.

10. Texas

The Longhorns move down after a one-point loss to Notre Dame.

Just missed: (listed alphabetically) Marquette, Michigan State, Purdue, Syracuse, Xavier

Mid-Major to Watch: Brigham Young 

BYU out of the Mountain West Conference is off to a 5-0 start and has a fairly easy upcoming schedule until they play Arizona State in late December.

Player to Watch: Curtis Jerrells, Baylor

Guard Curtis Jerrells has led Baylor to a 6-0 start including an upset win over Arizona State. Jerrells is second on the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and leads the team in assists with 6.3 per game.

Team Not to Watch: New Jersey Institue of Technology 

The Highlanders are off to an 0-4 start, but losing is nothing new to them. They recently broke the record for longest losing streak in NCAA history. They are averaging only 42.4 points per game.

Game of the Week: Campbell Fighting Camels vs. Virginia Military Keydets

This shootout resulted in the Fighting Camels falling short to the Keydets, 97-92. Virginia Military is averaging over 100 points per game. The Fighting Camels puzzlingly play VMI in early December as well. Get your popcorn ready for the rematch of this shootout!