MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – ESPN’s college basketball Power Rankings for Week 2 sees Duke staying top, but Arizona fell out of the Top 25, following back-to-back defeats over the weekend.
At the start of the season, there were many valid debates over which team should be the No. 1 program in the country. Arizona received plausible backings from several basketball pundits and experts in the preseason poll, but the pole position was handed to Duke.
We are now about a month into the season, and as suspected, there are no disputes as to whether the Blue Devils are the top-ranked team in the country in the power rankings.
Duke (8-0), although not making it very easy, justified its position last week with three more comeback victories in the Motion Bracket Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
After rallying to beat both Portland State and Texas in the quarterfinal and semifinals of the tournament, the Blue Devils beat No. 7 Florida in another comeback performance on Sunday night.
On the other side, Arizona, though, after winning three games in a row to start the season, has also lost the same amount in consecutive games recently.
There is no question about the talents in the Wildcats (3-3) squad, but defeats to NC State, SMU and Purdue at the Battle 4 Atlantis is a sign that something is wrong.
Their reward for three defeats in three days is complete demotion out of the top 25 power rankings.
Meanwhile, the Kansas Jayhawks (5-0) are up to No. 2 this week after wins over Texas Southern and Oakland last week, while Michigan State are up to No. 3 after three wins at the “Victory Bracket” of the PK80 Invitational.
The Spartans (5-1) toppled No. 9 North Carolina 63-45 on Sunday night in the championship game of the tournament.
ESPN’S COLLEGE BASKETLL POWER RANKINGS
Michigan State (5-1)
Texas A&M (6-0)
Notre Dame (6-0)
North Carolina (5-1)
Wichita State (4-1)
Arizona State (6-0)
Seton Hall (5-1)
Texas Tech (6-0)
West Virginia (6-1