TULSA, Okla., Sporting Alert – NCAA ESPN Men’s College Basketball Power Rankings Top 25 for Week 4 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Kentucky remains No. 1 on this week’s Power Rankings, Michigan State moves up to No. 2, there are welcomes for Providence, West Virginia and Syracuse, while Miami (FL) dropped 10 places.
The Wildcats (7-0) continue to lead the troops after staying undefeated on the season Tuesday night when easily putting away another opponent by double digits.
Kentucky recovered from a sluggish start without Tyler Ulis to beat Illinois State for their seventh successive double-digit win to start the term.
John Calipari’s side could be tested when it makes a trip to UCLA later this week.
Meanwhile, Michigan State (7-0) moved up one spot to No. 2 this week, leapfrogging fellow unbeaten Maryland (6-0) which slipped one place to No. 3.
The Spartans enjoyed a very productive week to close out the month of November, en route to winning the Wooden Legacy tournament behind the power of Denzel Valentine, who was named tournament MVP.
Rounding out the top five are Kansas (4-1) which moved two places up to No. 4 and welcomes the talent of Cheick Diallo, who is now eligible after being finally cleared by the NCAA, following a long battle since the start of the season, while Oklahoma (4-0) sits at No. 5.
Villanova (6-0) down one spot to No. 6, defending champion Duke (6-1) slipped three places to No. 7, with Iowa State (5-0) at No. 8 after dipping two spots.
North Carolina (5-1) stays at No. 9 and welcomes back guard Marcus Paige, who will play for the first time this season against Maryland on Tuesday after recovering from an injury that forced him to miss the first six games of the season.
Virginia rounds out the top 10 after leaping two spots.
The Biggest movers this week in the NCAA ESPN Men’s College Basketball Power Rankings Top 25 were Xavier (7-0) and Texas A&M (6-1) who are up nine places each to No. 12 and No. 17, respectively, but Miami (FL) dropped 10 spots to No. 20.
ESPN College Basketball Power Rankings – Week 4
Teams (records) – Complete List At ESPN.com Here
1 Kentucky (7-0)
2 Michigan State (7-0)
3 Maryland (6-0)
4 Kansas (4-1)
5 Oklahoma (4-0)
6 Villanova (6-0)
7 Duke (6-1)
8 Iowa State (5-0)
9 North Carolina (5-1)
10 Virginia (5-1)
11 Purdue (6-0)
12 Xavier (7-0)
13 Syracuse (6-0)
14 Vanderbilt (5-1)
15 Gonzaga (4-1)
16 Cincinnati (7-0)
17 Texas A&M (6-1)
17 Oregon (6-0)
19 West Virginia (6-0)
20 Miami (FL) (5-1)
21 Arizona (6-1)
22 Providence (6-1)
23 Louisville (5-0)
24 Baylor (4-1)
25 SMU (4-0)