Bleacher Creature Top 25 College Basketball Poll: Week Two

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer INovember 30, 2008

Thirteen B/R writers ranked the top 25 teams in the country. Last week's poll featured UNC as the top ranked team, and the same would go for this week.

If you would like to participate in the B/R Top 25 poll, email me at jsflemin@syr.edu. In your email, rank your top 25 teams, but also provide the link to your B/R profile. Voting will open for next week's poll on Friday, Dec. 5th and will close Sunday, Friday 7th at 8PM EST.

Rank, Team, (First Place Votes), Total Votes, (Rank Last Week)

1. North Carolina, (12), 323 (1)

The Tar Heels with some help from reigning Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough rolled through the Maui Invitational and a non-conference game against UNC-Asheville to retain their number one ranking. North Carolina steamrolled Chaminade, Oregon, and Notre Dame to win in Maui.

2. UConn, (1), 311 (2)

The Huskies picked up a Paradise Jam title Sunday against Wisconsin and hosted Division I newcomer Bryant in its only other game this week. UConn remains undefeated through November and will sit tight at No. 2 for awhile with its only real losable game left in the non-conference schedule being three weeks from now against Gonzaga.

3. Pitt, 288 (4)

The Panthers won the Legends Classic with impressive victories over Texas Tech and Washington State. Pitt also took down the defending Atlantic-Sun champs, Belmont in the first round of the Legends Classic. Jamie Dixon's squad finished the week 3-0 and enters this week 7-0 overall.

4. Duke, 278 (5)

The Blue Devils had a pretty uneventful and easy Feast Week. Duke, fresh off its Coaches vs. Cancer title, faced only Montana and Duquesne in the last week with impressive results. Duke moves up in the rankings as a result of Louisville's loss to Western Kentucky.

5. Oklahoma, 252 (11)

Of the top ten teams, the Sooners made the largest jump. Oklahoma knocked off Davidson, UAB, and Purdue, three likely NCAA Tournament teams en route to an NIT Tip-off championship. Blake Griffin has been recording 20-20s with ease and Coach Jeff Capel has been getting enough production from his backcourt to continue to win.

6. Gonzaga, 245 (8)

The Zags are fresh off an Old Spice Classic title against an absolutely loaded field. Wins against Oklahoma State, Maryland, and B/R ranked Tennessee has the Bulldogs 3-0 for the week and 5-0 for the year.

7. Louisville, 231 (3)

The Cardinals fell Sunday to hands of the Hilltoppers (if Hilltoppers even have hands) and duly dropped in the B/R Top 25. Several ballots came in before U of L's loss so the Cardinals might be a spot or two too high in the poll. Louisville is just three games into its season and holds a 2-1 record.

8. Texas, 225 (6)

The Longhorns picked up a third place finish in Maui with their only loss being a one point loss to the Fighting Irish. UT won three games this week against St. Joe's, Oregon, and Rice to improve to 5-1 and has another showdown Thursday with UCLA.

9. Tennessee, 219 (13)

The Volunteers lost convincingly to Gonzaga in the Old Spice Classic Championship game, but Tennessee did pick up a very nice win over a B/R Top 25 team in Georgetown. Bruce Pearl's squad also took down a strong Siena team that surprisingly lost all three of its games in Orlando.

10. Notre Dame, 215 (9)

Despite beating the Longhorns, the Fighting Irish still ranked below Texas in the B/R Top 25. Several ballots had Notre Dame down around 17th, which accounts for the Irish's ranking below the 'Horns' ranking. Notre Dame also picked up wins against Furman and Indiana, but was trounced by North Carolina in the Maui final.

11. Purdue, 184 (10)

The Boilermakers played just two games during Feast Week and came away with a second place finish in the NIT Tip-off Tournament. Purdue knocked off Boston College with a strong second half run to advance to the championship game, but couldn't keep Blake Griffin in check in the championship game. Purdue lost to Oklahoma, finishing the week 1-1 and 5-1 for the year so far.

12. UCLA, 172 (14)

The Bruins played just once during the past week and that was a beatdown of Florida International. UCLA is trying to rebound from its opening week loss to Michigan and dropped further than the other top ten teams that have also lost at least one game this year. On the slate this week, the Bruins go on the road to take on the Longhorns.

13. Michigan State, 159 (7)

Without big man Goran Suton, the Spartans lost by 18 to a subpar Maryland team in the first round of the Old Spice Classic. Tom Izzo's team responded well with wins over Oklahoma State and Wichita State to finish fifth in the tournament. The Spartans have a huge test ahead of them in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday against North Carolina. 

14. Xavier, 119 (NR)

A combination of a lot of ranked teams losing and an O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rice Tip-off championship catapulted the Musketeers straight up the standings from un-ranked to 14th. This week, Xavier picked up a tough win against always pesky Miami, Ohio. Xavier remains undefeated at 6-0.

15. Villanova, 114 (19)

The Wildcats won the championship of the Independence bracket of the Philly Classic with wins over Rhode Island and Towson. Villanova has been simply dominant with each one of its wins by at least 13 points. 'Nova should cruise through another undefeated week with games against Big Five foes Penn and Houston Baptist.

16. Syracuse, 104 (25)

The Orange went to Kansas City and came home with a College Basketball Experience championship after knocking off B/R Top 25 teams Florida and Kansas. Later in the week, SU overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to Virginia to move to 6-0 on the season. The Orange is one of five undefeated Big East teams.

17. Wake Forest, 95 (20)

The Demon Deacons reached the 76 Classic Final against Baylor on Sunday. The outcome of that game isn't reflected in the B/R Top 25 because of its late start. Wake defeated Winston-Salem earlier this week, but also Cal-State Fullerton and UTEP in the 76 Classic.

18. Memphis, 86 (12)

The Tigers took the week off and remain 4-1 on the season. Memphis only plays once this week and that's a very winnable game against Marist.

19. Arizona State, 83 (15)

The Sun Devils lost to the new to the B/R top 25 Baylor Bears in the 76 Classic semifinals. James Harden and the rest of ASU rebounded with a blowout win over UTEP to finish 2-1 in the tournament. Arizona State also notched a decisive victory over Charlotte.

20. Baylor, 73 (NR)

The team that knocked off the aforementioned Sun Devils, the Bears reached the finals of the 76 Classic. BU also beat up on Big East foe Providence and Jacksonville. Baylor entered its matchup with Wake Forest 6-0.

21. Miami, 70 (18)

The Hurricanes finished third in the Paradise Jam after it destroyed a highly regarded San Diego team. Miami won its second game of the week as well against Stetson. The Hurricanes have a big week ahead of them with games against Ohio State and Kentucky on the slate.

22. Marquette, 67 (16)

The Golden Eagles were cruising, knocking off their opponents by at least 20 points per game until they tipped off with Dayton. The Flyers ended Marquette's five game winning streak to open the year. Because of the loss, MU flew down the rankings down to a tie for 22nd.

22. Florida, 67 (17)

The Gators finished above .500 for the week after losing their opening game to Syracuse on Monday in the CBE. Florida took home a third place finish after holding on to beat Washington. UF also picked up an easy win against UMKC on Sunday.

24. Georgetown, 62 (21)

The Hoyas lost in the second round of the Old Spice Classic to Tennessee, but don't have another blemish on their record. Georgetown finished 2-1 in the Old Spice Classic with a close win over Wichita State and a blowout win over Maryland.

25. Davidson, 42 (22)

The Widlcats turned out an undefeated week despite getting a zero point performance from Stephon Curry. Loyola double-teamed the slick shooter and Curry essentially checked himself out of the game by standing in the corner. This allowed Davidson to play 4-on-3 and blow Loyola out.

Others Receiving Votes

Kansas (31), Wisconsin (26), Ohio State (17), Dayton (13), Washington State (8), Clemson (7), BYU (6), Illinois (6), Maryland (5), Florida State (4), UNLV (2), Mississippi (1), Saint Mary's (1)

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