Purdue, Ariz., tops Power 36 college basketball rankings

Purdue, Ariz., tops Power 36 college basketball rankings

Now the fun begins.

We have real numbers to calculate. And that means the Power 36 and, I think, the AP Top 25 are going to be upset. Who you beat and where you beat matters more than your ranking from the previous week, but results are what matter most and we’ve had some big ones over the past week.

So be careful here, as the leaderboard is a reward for wins against quality competition over the past week. And yes, teams can drop out if they win and don’t perform well against average competition.

Here we are!

College Basketball Ranking: The Power 36 for Week 3

Last week’s ranking in brackets:

1. Purdue (15): The Boilermakers deserve the No. 1 ranking this week. Why? Purdue picked up the best two wins by knocking out Gonzaga and Duke en route to the Phil Knight Legacy title in Portland. Purdue also beat out West Virginia to open the event. They’re playing the best basketball in the country right now. Go with it.

2. Arizona (17): Have you watched the Maui Invitational? The Wildcats were hugely impressive in winning the title by beating a high profile Creighton. This team is really great fun.

3. Texas (5): The Longhorns have one of the most impressive wins to date as they tipped Gonzaga in Austin last week. Texas hasn’t had that many high-profile games yet. But they are coming.

4. Houston (2): Yes, the Cougars can drop in my power rating by winning a close game against Kent State compared to what those others have done. I still love Houston, but they’re not number 1 worthy yet.

5. Indiana (4): The Hoosiers have a real road win in Xavier. They looked dominant in the rest of the games and will have the chance to show even more against North Carolina this week.

6. UConn (22): The Huskies won the Phil Knight Invitational and were impressive, especially in eliminating Alabama. This team can shoot, defend and score in the low post.

7.Tennessee (28): Welcome, Vols, where you belong. Tennessee defeated Kansas to win the Battle 4 Atlantis.

8. Kansas (3): The Jayhawks escaped Wisconsin at the buzzer and lost to Tennessee in the title game at Atlantis. All is well again in Lawrence.

9. Duke (12): The Blue Devils are in better health but they only had serious problems with Purdue in Portland. Duke has a rising star in Kyle Filipkowski and an invaluable point guard in Jeremy Roach.

10. Creighton (8): The Bluejays have made a national name for themselves on Maui. They are going to be tough all season long. Omaha will rock.

Maui Invitational 2022: bracket, schedule, scores

11. Virginia (10): The Cavaliers have once again become ACC favorites. Last season’s NCAA miss was clearly an anomaly.

12. Arkansas (9): I love this Hogs team. Once they get Nick Smith Jr. back, this team should/could be in the top five.

13. Baylor (11): The Bears have a showdown with Gonzaga in South Dakota that should give us even more bearing on the Bears.

14. Alabama (21): I’m sold on the tide. Brandon Miller is an absolute stalwart and the four-overtime win over North Carolina proved this team was going to be a factor.

DOWN GOES NUMBER 1: Alabama tops North Carolina in quadruple overtime thriller

15. Gonzaga (6): The Zags sent Xavier on Sunday night to secure third place in the Phil Knight Legacy, but Purdue made the Zags look a little small. Gonzaga leaves Portland 2-1 with huge games ahead against Baylor in South Dakota and Alabama in Birmingham.

16. State of Iowa (NR): The Cyclones fell to UConn in the Phil Knight Invitational title game, but wins over ‘Nova and North Carolina proved they were going to be in pursuit of the Big 12.

17. North Carolina (1): The Tar Heels fall after going 1-2 at Portland, but they were close to going 2-1. The game at Indiana on Wednesday will be a major test. I know seeing them drop so much might seem crazy, but a road win over Indiana can bring them back up. The only victory in Portland came against the University of Portland.

18. Maryland (16): The Terps are unbeaten under new coach Kevin Willard. Big week for Maryland with a winnable game in Louisville before hosting Illinois and going to Wisconsin.

19. San Diego State (13): The Aztecs had a chance of securing a victory over Arkansas. This missed opportunity will cost them nothing. They are still going to be difficult throughout the season.

20. Illinois (14): The Illini should show well this week with games against Syracuse at home and in Maryland.

21. UCLA (18): The Bruins are still waiting for a big win.

22. Auburn (24): The Tigers beat Northwestern in Mexico in a game in the 1940s, but then outlasted a very good Saint Louis team at home.

23. Wisconsin (23): The Badgers beat Kansas but couldn’t grab a rebound. They then bounced back to defeat USC to go 2-1 at Atlantis.

24. Xavier (NI): The Musketeers lost to Duke and Gonzaga after beating Florida. But they have performed exceptionally well and there is no doubt that they will be in contention for the Big East title.

25. TCU (26): The Horned Frogs beat Iowa to Florida without two key players to indicate they have the depth in the rotation to deal with adversity.

26. Michigan State (7): The Spartans played well in Portland and retired 2-1 despite the absence of Malik Hall and Jaden Akins. If they can get past Notre Dame on the road, they have a good chance of settling down and getting healthy with a few home wins (barring a road trip to Penn State).

27. Kentucky (19): The Wildcats will be back higher in this ranking and others once they eliminate higher-tier opponents.

LAST WEEK’S POWER 36: Texas, Michigan State and Virginia enter the top 10

28. Arizona State (20): The Sun Devils can prove they deserve to be ranked with a pair of Pac-12 games to come. This would show that they can be consistent.

29. Michigan (27): The Wolverines haven’t played well on a regular basis, but this team is too talented to dive too far.

30. UNLV (33): The Runnin’ Rebels are 7-0 and Kevin Kruger has them relevant again.

31. Ohio State (30): The Buckeyes beat Cincinnati and Texas Tech to exit Maui 2-1 after losing to San Diego State in Game 1.

32. Kansas State (NR): The Wildcats are 6-0 after winning in the Cayman Islands and beating LSU. Keyontae Johnson’s return to basketball is the story right now in sports.

33. Iowa (25): The Hawkeyes lost to TCU in Florida. This is a flaw so far.

34. Davidson (NR): The Wildcats are 6-1, handing USF their first loss. Foster Loyer (formerly of Michigan State) scored 30 points in the win over the Dons and is averaging 22.7 per game.

35. Drake (36): The Bulldogs won the Paradise Jam and are the clear favorites in the Missouri Valley.

36. Oklahoma (NR): The Sooners won the ESPN Events title in Orlando against Ole Miss. Porter Moser has one of the best transfers in the country in Grant Sherfield from Nevada.

Abandoned: Saint Mary’s (29), Florida (31), Dayton (34), Texas Tech (32), UMass (35).

team of the week

Purdue: The Boilermakers were as dominant as any team in the country winning the PK Legacy Tournament with victories over West Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke. They are my #1 team after this awesome week.

player of the week

Oumar Ballo, Ariz.: Ballo led the Wildcats to the Maui Invitational title. All he did was go for 30 and 13 in the title game against Creighton, 12 and 9 against San Diego State and 21 and 10 against Cincinnati.

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