We have another batch of NCAA Basketball power rankings, featuring several newcomers joining for the first time. We’ve seen some movement after teams such as Kansas, Tennessee, UCLA all lost, while a number of mid-major programs have been on major winning streaks.
That includes the Winthrop Eagles, one of just five teams without a loss this season. Drake is another unbeaten program, who also received votes in this week’s power ranking. Other teams mentioned include Saint Bonaventure, UCLA, Louisville, Minnesota, and Xavier.
Here are this week’s participants in the top-25 power rankings, along with three honorable mentions as well.
Tristan Freeman – @hoopsnut351
Andrew Tineo – @D_Tineo4
Benjamin Zacher – @beezacher
Karl Heiser – @karlheiser17
Jacob Zinkula – @1Perfectbracket
Joe Casey – @Joe-Casey1
Chris Thedinga – @CThedinga
Joey Loose – @jloose128
28. Drake Bulldogs (13-0, 4-0)
The Bulldogs have been on pause for the last few weeks but they’ll be back against Missouri State for a pair of road matchups. They’ve yet to play one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference but starting next week, we’ll see if Drake is really good or if they’re a product of its easy early schedule.
27. BYU Cougars (13-3, 4-1)
If Gonzaga is the clear No. 1 team in the WCC, BYU has been the clear No. 2 team. Already with road wins over Saint Mary’s and San Francisco, the Cougars recently took care of Portland and Pepperdine at home. They’ve surged on the positive side of the Bracketology bubble but will need to keep the momentum for next week, taking on both San Fran and Pepperdine again.
26. Colorado Buffaloes (12-4, 6-3)
The Buffs would’ve been ranked had they not given the lowly Washington Huskies their first Pac-12 win of the season, one of the more surprising results of the season. They did rebound to beat Washington State on Saturday, led by 16 points from Evan Battey. Colorado gets to play the Cougars again on Wednesday at home, along with Utah.