The first week of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season resulted in disruptions, rescheduling, cancellations and buzzers.
The Power 36 will be a wild ride for the next 16 weeks. Here it goes to the first week, with my preseason in brackets next to the team:
2. Baylor (2): The bears came back shut down and blew Louisiana and Washington out of Las Vegas.
3. Iowa (5): The Hawkeyes didn’t play high-level competitions, but Luka Garza was nearly untouchable in his first two games.
4. Michigan State (12): The Spartans dismantled Notre Dame for one of the weekend’s most impressive wins.
5. Illinois (4): The Illinois was almost circumcised at home by Ohio. But Illinois found a way to win and showed it can close games.
6. Wisconsin (6): The Badgers haven’t been tested yet. But they have looked like the Tri-Big Ten champions so far.
7. Villanova (3): The Wildcats won the Empire Classic by mining the state of Arizona. Losing overtime against Virginia Tech came as a surprise but shouldn’t be a big strike.
8. Kansas (8): The Jayhawks lost to No.. 1 team in the country (Gonzaga). They are still in progress. No reason to curse them for it.
9. Richmond (25): The Spiders did not play well offensively and still won easily in Kentucky. The A-10 favorites will be a threat throughout the season.
10. Duke (11): The Blue Devils have their next star in Jalen Johnson. The tests come to Cameron Indoor with Michigan State and Illinois.
11. Houston, 22: The Cougars put on quite a show defeating Texas Tech in Fort Worth. The American favorites check out the part.
12. West Virginia, 23: The Mountaineers won the tournament in South Dakota by holding back a strong crew from Western Kentucky who will be a factor.
13. Creighton (16): The Bluejays came out of quarantine and aggressively showed what was to be expected this season – a team that was difficult to defend.
14. Virginia (7): The Cavaliers had an enormous start with 15 3-pointers against Towson. They made three against San Francisco. Ultimately, they’ll be fine and a top 10 team.
16. Kentucky (9): The wildcats develop at a « normal » pace. You will find out in the next few weeks. Richmond was just more experienced at this point.
17. Rutgers (13): The Scarlet Knights will be in the middle of the Big Ten race. Not having Geo Baker hurts now, but they need him for the conference.
18. Virginia Tech (NR): The Hokies shocked Villanova in extra time – a game planned a few days before it started – and then beat South Florida to show it wasn’t a fluke.
19. Arizona State (14): The Sun Devils were pounded by Villanova in the Empire title game. But Remy Martin has shown at Mohegan Sun that he can be a first-team All-American.
20. Saint Louis, 36: The Billikens treated LSU at home to send a strong message that they will be right about Richmond all season.
21. Indiana (18): The Hoosiers will be given a serious test this week in Asheville at the relocated Maui Invitational. But they deserve top 25 status in the event.
22. Florida State (21): The Seminoles are still my pick to be the team to disrupt the ACC race again.
23. San Diego State (NR): The Aztecs beat UCLA to assert themselves as the team to beat again in the mountain west.
24. North Carolina (26): The tar heels have what it takes to be in the middle of the ACC race again. You’ll find out more this week in Asheville.
25. Texas, 20: The Longhorns knew they had something special in Greg Brown, and so far he’s shown up and delivered.
26. Stanford (24): The Cardinal is the sleeper who comes in the top three in the Pac-12. We’ll see how ready you are for this Asheville run.
27. Oregon (27): The Ducks are one of the most intriguing teams this season with so many new pieces and a success story they’ve always figured out under Dana Altman.
28. Western Kentucky (NR): The Hilltoppers deserve this recognition after knocking off Memphis and pushing West Virginia in South Dakota.
29. Michigan, 17: The Wolverines survived an Oakland horror and had to work overtime at home. But they’re still trying to find a new playmaker to make this work.
30. Alabama, 28: The Tide is about to find out how ready they are for a run in Asheville this week.
31. Providence (30): The brothers get Indiana first in Asheville. The Maui tournament will be a barometer for a number of teams.
32. Clemson (NR): The Tigers defeated Purdue and Aamir Simms looked like a first-team All-ACC performer.
33. Oklahoma State (NR): The Cowboys have the best freshman in the country at Cade Cunningham, and they’ve built enough around him to be a big factor in the Big 12.
35. Louisville (NR): The Cardinals took out Seton Hall at home. Chris Mack always has a team in the mix.
36. UConn, 33: The Huskies will find out where they are at this week at Mohegan Sun, with multiple chances to prove themselves.
Editor’s note: If you are new to the Power 36, you can read more about its background here. The TL / DR Version: College basketball expert Andy Katz publishes a Power 36 ranking for Division I men’s basketball every week during the regular season and at certain times during the off-season. . It is his personal ranking of the 36 best teams at the moment that each ranking is posted based on his extensive history related to the sport and his ongoing experience of watching games and traveling the country for behind-the-scenes information while talking to coaches and coaches player.
Andy Katz is an NCAA. com correspondent. Katz worked for ESPN for 18 years as a college basketball reporter, host, and presenter. He has covered all of the Final Four since 1992 and the sport as a freshman to Wisconsin since 1986. He is a past president of the United States Basketball Writers Association. Katz can also be seen in college basketball on the Big Ten Network, Fox, and FS1. Follow him on Twitter @theandykatz.
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