College Basketball Power 10
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.
The Huskies are 6-0 with a win over Bryant University.
Freshman Samardo Samuels has looked dominant in Louisville's first few games, averaged 21 points a game.
Pitt rounds out three Big East teams in the top five, as it currently sits at 6-0 and plays undefeated Washington State tonight.
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.
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.
Gonzaga is off to a strong start, easily handling Oklahoma State and Maryland in consecutive games.
Bruce Pearl's squad handily beat Georgetown and solid mid-major Siena in consecutive games.
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!
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