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College Basketball Conference Power Rankings: Week 1

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Below are college basketball power rankings of the major conferences, along with some notes.

A10

1Davidson
2St. Joes
3Duquesne
4St. Louis
5Dayton
6URI
7VCU
8Umass
9St Bon
10George Mason
11La Salle
12Richmond
13GW
14Fordham

I still believe Davidson is on top of the A10 after the first week of play strictly because of their experience, but this league may only have one team punch a ticket to the big dance. St. Joes and Duquesne were the only teams that showed at least some promise in the opening week, so they could contend for a bid, but it is not looking good for this conference.

 

AAC

1Temple
2Memphis
3UConn
4Cincy
5Wichita State
6Houston
7SMU
8UCF
9Tulsa
10Tulane
11ECU
12USF

Like the A10, the first week gave us many negatives for the AAC. Wichita State, Houston and Cincy are not close to what they were last year, and SMU/UCF were both upset by Conference USA teams this week. You can call me crazy, but I believe Temple is the best team in the conference right now because they have upper class-man leadership from Shizz Alston Jr. and Quinton Rose. I also believe that Memphis and UConn are back, even though it may not look like it when they face top-25 opponents this week.

 

ACC 

1Duke
2UNC
3Florida State
4Virginia
5Syracuse
6Vtech
7NC State
8Clemson
9Louisville
10Miami
11Notre Dame
12BC
13Wake Forest
14Gtech
15Pitt

To me, the ACC is pretty straight forward after one week. As you can see, I am not that high on Virginia until they prove to me that they have enough offense to match their prominent defensive presence. Also, I give mad respect to Florida State for absolutely dominating in-state rival Florida on opening night.

 

Big 12 

1Kansas
2Kansas State
3Iowa State
4West Virginia
5Texas
6TCU
7Texas Tech
8Oklahoma
9Oklahoma State
10Baylor

The Big 12 saw some upsets in Week 1, as West Virginia lost to a very good Buffalo team, Oklahoma State lost to Charlotte and Baylor lost to Texas Southern. West Virginia should be fine after their loss, but OK State and Baylor are in trouble. as they reside at the bottom of the conference. Looking at positives for the conference, Kansas looks untouchable once again and I liked what I saw from Iowa State and Texas.

 

Big East

1Villanova
2Xavier
3Seton Hall
4Marquette
5St. Johns
6Butler
7Providence
8Depaul
9Gtown
10Creighton

Villanova is the obvious top team in the Big East, but I am still looking for the number two contender in the conference. Xavier didn’t look too hot in Week 1, but I think they are in the mix, along with Seton Hall, Marquette and St. Johns. We will soon know more about the conference as every team will be facing a Big Ten school this week with the Gavitt Tip-Off Games.

 

Big Ten

1Michigan
2MSU
3Indiana
4Purdue
5Ohio State
6Nebraska
7Maryland
8Penn State
9Wisconsin
10Iowa
11Minnesota
12Northwestern
13Illinois
14Rutgers

I believe that the Big Ten is going to be fantastic this season, after watching the conference Week 1. Right now, I can see 11 teams that are capable of reaching the NCAA Tournament this year, and Northwestern/Illinois are not far out (sorry Rutgers).

 

PAC 12 

1Oregon
2UCLA
3Arizona
4Washington
5USC
6Colorado
7Oregon State
8Utah
9ASU
10Stanford
11Cal
12Wash State

The first week for the PAC 12 showed me that the conference is pretty wide open. However, I really like what I saw out of Oregon and they are still my favorites to win the league.

 

SEC 

1Tennessee
2Kentucky
3Auburn
4LSU
5Miss State
6Alabama
7Vandy
8Florida
9Arkansas
10Texas A&M
11Missouri
12South Carolina
13Ole Miss
14Georgia

After one week for the SEC, I realized how top-heavy the conference is. Tennessee, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State have all impressed me. Kentucky may have struggled, but you can never count them out and I believe they will figure it out to make this conference super interesting.

 

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