After an opening week which saw teams like Kentucky and West Virginia take bad losses and saw teams like Buffalo and Kansas grab statement wins, week two in college basketball should be just as exciting. Here are the week two AP college basketball rankings:
Although Kansas didn’t lose, Duke deserved to make the jump from number 4 to number 1 after a statement blowout win over Kentucky and a follow-up victory on Sunday vs Army. Duke’s trio of freshman phenoms look like three of the best players in college basketball so far this season.
After an impressive win over the number 10 Michigan State, the Jayhawks find themselves one spot lower in the week two ranks, but not because of their own play. Kansas impressed in their lone game of the week and look to hold their position this week.
The Bulldogs impressed in both their games last week putting up 104 points and 120 points in their two games. Senior Josh Perkins has been one of the key parts of the offense this year as he looks to make the best of his last season. This Gonzaga offense is dangerous and as the months go on the question of can the Zags hang with Duke will continue to be brought up.
UVA begins the season 2-0 and had an impressive victory on Sunday against George Washington where they put up 76 points. Kyle Guy led an impressive offensive attack that has been tough to come by over the last few seasons. The Cavaliers need to show that they can score against the top level competition of the ACC before being a true title contender but for now, the number four rank is justified.
Jumping into the top five is big for a Tennessee team with high expectations this season. Their two wins last week weren’t very close throughout the game as they look and the Volunteers seem to be set up well for their big in conference games later in the season.
The Wolfpack started 2-0 with a couple good wins and continue to uphold their bold high ranking to start the year. Nevada moves up a spot in the rankings thanks to Kentucky’s fall and Caleb Martin and the rest of the Wolfpack look to keep it that way.
7) North Carolina
UNC posted two impressive wins over both Wofford and Elon over the weekend. Elon was on the wrong end of a 49 point loss to the Tar Heels and freshman Nassar Little had a breakout game off the bench in that one. UNC will have tough games on their schedule in the future including two with Duke but they look like a train right now that may not be able to be stopped.
The Wildcats are 2-0 after two good wins to start the season but will have a tough rematch against Michigan on Wednesday in a 2017-18 March Madness final rematch. Although Nova brings back a much different team than the one that won it all last year, they still have Phil Booth leading the way and he has impressed this year.
A 2-0 start boosts Auburn in the rankings after an impressive win at home against then-number 25 Washington. The Tigers will need to continue with this pace to stay with the elite teams in the league in a good SEC conference.
An embarrassing loss to Duke seems like something that a lot of teams will have on their resume by the end of the year. Kentucky falls from the number 2 ranked team to number 10 after their loss to Duke but they rebounded in their game against Southern Illinois. They will play North Dakota on Wednesday before taking on VMI on Sunday.
11) Michigan State
The Spartans hung in there against Kansas on opening night before losing but rebounded with a win in their next game. Cassius Winston and Nick Ward have looked good in both games and Michigan State looks to be a factor for the rest of the season.
12) Kansas State – The Wildcats opened the season with a win as they backed up their original high rank. Dean Wade is showing the Kansas State fans what they missed when he was out for the majority of their run in March last year.
13) Oregon – The Ducks offense looked great in both their wins to start the year led by 7’2 freshman Bol Bol. Bol is a rebounding mismatch and a scoring weapon and looks to keep Oregon relevant throughout the year.
14) Florida State
Florida State handled in-state rival Florida in their first game of the year and came back with another win to follow it up. At 2-0, the Seminoles have don’t have another game until next Monday when they take on Canisius.
The Orange won two games last week led by Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett. If the two can continue to provide scoring for Syracuse they will be a problem for other teams as Michigan State found out last year in March.
16) Virginia Tech
After a good win over the weekend, Virginia Tech improved to 1-0 on the young season. They will look to compete in a tough conference with Duke and Virginia, two teams that they beat last year before going out early in March Madness this season. The number 16 ranking may be a little high for now for a team with just one win considering the two teams behind them.
17) Mississippi State
The Bulldogs played two games last weekend and won both of them backed by the incredible scoring of Quinndary Weatherspoon. The senior leads Mississippi State in scoring and averaged 21.5 points in their first two games. The Bulldogs will be a problem if they can keep this up and may be ranked a little too low this week.
Another team that could easily be ranked higher than they are, the Wolverines come into week two at 2-0 after two good wins. They will look to earn their spot in the rankings with a matchup against Villanova on Wednesday in the marquee matchup of the week.
Clemson beat NC Central by 20 on Friday and never let them get in the game for their second win of the season. In that game, David Skara was the top scoring option as he put up 16 in the win. Clemson will need to be more consistent on offense if they want to compete in a stacked ACC.
The Bruins look deadly on offense as they come into the Pack 12 as one of the top two teams for sure. Kris Wilkes has been huge for an offense that put up 90 games in both of their matchups last week. If the defense can come together UCLA will be a huge threat for a title.
The Horned Frogs have three players averaging double-digit points in the first week of the season, something that likely will not last throughout the year. Expect TCU to fade and be an in and out team of the top 25 once they play better teams.
LSU fans should be very excited about the year their team could possibly have. Through the first two games they have 6 players averaging 10 points and another with 9.5 and although that is unsustainable, five-star freshman Naz Ried can sustain his dominance throughout the year. This Tigers team can be special if he keeps it up.
Led by Carsen Edwards and his national player of the year potential, Purdue is rebounding from losing all of their other starters from last year. Speaking of rebounding, Matt Haarms is a 7’2 monster that will lead his team on the glass.
The Golden Eagles had a strong week with a 2-0 record and Markus Howard was a big part of that. After leading the team and averaging 26 points in the teams first two games, Howard is hoping to lead Marquette to a higher seed this year.
Buffalo was incredibly impressive last year beating Arizona in March Madness as a 13 seed and have continued their impressive streak with a 2-0 start including a win over ranked West Virginia on the road. The game ended in overtime but Buffalo has now proven that they can beat quality opponents with the team they have. Watch out for them to be a sneaky good team the rest of the year.
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