What the hell happened this week? It feels like every top team in the country lost or nearly lost to a much lesser opponent, but that's what tends to happen during Feast Week.
Arizona, the No. 2 team in the country, lost three games - two to unranked opponents. Purdue lost to two unranked opponents as well. Duke was pushed to the edge by Portland State. Saint Mary's was defeated by a Washington State team that was projected to finish in the bottom two in the Pac-12 and a bad Georgia team. And Arizona State blew out a really good Xavier team.
On the flip side, there were a number of other teams that made major impact statements. Notre Dame proved they're legit by winning the Maui Invitational, while North Carolina looks like a top team thanks to the play of Luke Maye and Florida showed why they should be the favorites in the SEC.
So, after all that insanity, how do the top teams in the country stack up against each other? Here are my Top 25 Power Rankings after the second week of the season.
25) Texas Longhorns (4-2)
Texas took both Duke and Gonzaga to overtime at the PK80 before falling in each game. The Longhorns have been at their best when they press and play fast offensively, meaning that we'll be seeing more of the "HAVOC" style from Shaka Smart.
24) West Virginia Mountaineers (6-1)
WVU has won six games in a row following their season-opening loss to Texas A&M and won the Advocare Invitational with a comeback win over Missouri (trailed by 16 in the second half). The Mountaineers have yet to put a full game together, but when Jevon Carter (18.1 ppg, 5.4 apg, 4.1 rpg, 4.4 spg) is aggressive offensively, they're extremely tough to beat
23) TCU Horned Frogs (6-0)
Jamie Dixon's squad just keeps winning, posting a 6-0 record that will put them in the top 25. They haven't beaten anyone of note yet, though they would've faced Maryland if the Terps hadn't lost to St. Bonaventure in the Emerald Coast Classic. TCU will likely only be tested once (Dec. 5 vs. SMU) prior to conference play.
22) Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-0)
Texas Tech blew out Wofford and Savannah State this week, but last week's 85-49 win against Northwestern shows they're worthy of being a top 25 team. The Red Raiders will be tested on Thursday against Seton Hall.
21) Alabama Crimson Tide (5-1)
The Tide only drop one spot in this week's rankings because their lone loss came to a top 20 Minnesota team - and ONLY HAD THREE PLAYERS for the final 10 minutes of the game! That's right. Due to ejections and injuries, Alabama was forced to play 3-on-5 - and actually cut into the deficit before only losing by five. If anything, that game proved that Collin Sexton (40 points) and Alabama are for real.
20) Seton Hall Pirates (5-1)
Seton Hall's first loss of the season came on the final possession against a quality Rhode Island team, and while that isn't a bad loss, they still don't have a quality win we can point to. They'll get their chance in the next two games against Texas Tech and Louisville.
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19) Xavier Musketeers (5-1)
Xavier's loss to Arizona State was one of the more surprising results of the week, but that may be more telling about the Sun Devils than about the Musketeers. We'll find out this week when Xavier faces both Baylor and Cincinnati.
18) Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-1)
The Zags picked up some major credibility at the PK80 with wins over Ohio State and Texas, and nearly beat Florida before falling in double overtime. Johnathan Williams (17.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Josh Perkins (15.5 ppg, 4.8 apg) have stepped up and lead Gonzaga's balanced attack.
17) Virginia Cavaliers (4-0)
At 6-0 with wins over VCU, Vanderbilt, and Rhode Island all away from home, it's clear the UVA will remain among the top teams in the country. Kyle Guy (15.8 ppg) is having a breakout season as the Cavaliers' go-to guy and their defense (first in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency and ninth in effective field goal percentage defense) is as good as ever.
16) USC Trojans (4-1)
Are we sure USC is that good? They were trounced by Texas A&M (be it a good Aggies team) 75-59 at home on Sunday after nearly losing to Vanderbilt. Despite all the talent on the roster, they don't move the ball offensively (47.5 assist rate, 273rd in the country), which leads to an inefficient offense (48.7 effective field goal percentage, 220th).
15) Louisville Cardinals (4-0)
Louisville hasn't played anyone of note yet but has handled their business to this point. We'll find out a lot about the Cards on Nov. 28 when they take on Purdue and on Dec. 3 against Seton Hall.
14) Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-0)
Minnesota's win over Alabama will look good despite the whole 3-on-5 thing (the Gophers were winning before then anyway), and with a 7-0 record, they'll rise up the rankings because of all the teams that were upset this week. They can prove they're a legit top 10 team with a win over Miami on Wednesday.
13) Baylor Bears (5-0)
Perhaps the most impressive performance of the week goes to Baylor, who beat Wisconsin and Creighton on their way to the Hall of Fame Classic title. Senior point guard Manu Lecomte (19.0 ppg, 3.4 apg) is leading the offense while their defense (59.4 points allowed per game) is one of the best in the country.
12) Cincinnati Bearcats (6-0)
Speaking of great defense, Cincinnati has that (second nationally in defensive efficiency) again this year. If they can keep up their offensive success (88.7 ppg), the Bearcats will be elite. However, this group hasn't been tested yet - but they will this weekend against cross-city rival Xavier.
11) Miami Hurricanes (5-0)
Miami is another team that will be tested for the first time this week against Minnesota. They're as balanced as anyone in the country but need to identify who will be the go-to guy when they face teams that actually have a pulse.
10) North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1)
The Heels looked terrible offensively in their 63-45 loss to Michigan State in the PK80 - they shot a program-worst 25 percent from the field in that game - but this group has also looked great at times this year. The emergence of Luke Maye (19.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg) is a big reason for that.
9) Texas A&M Aggies (6-0)
The Aggies have arguably two of the most impressive wins of the season, beating West Virginia by 23 points in the Armed Forces Classic and downing USC by 16 points on the road. Led by projected lottery pick Robert Williams (10.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg) and D.J. Hogg (16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.7 apg), they have a starting lineup that can compete with anyone.
8) Wichita State Shockers (4-1)
Wichita State nearly won the Maui Invitational despite not having Markis McDuffie (last year's leading scorer), who won't return from a stress fracture in his foot until December. Their play without him shows why many think this team has Final Four potential. Landry Shamet (15.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 apg) is one of the best point guards in the country.
7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0)
I'm wasn't as high on Notre Dame at the start of the year, but there's no denying that this team is for real following their Maui Invitational championship. Bonzie Colson (20.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg) is a legitimate National Player of the Year favorite and has gotten assistance from Matt Farrell (17.5 ppg, 4.3 apg) and T.J. Gibbs (15.5 ppg).
6) Kentucky Wildcats (6-1)
The good news is that the Wildcats are no longer being tested by much lesser teams, blowing out Fort Wayne and UI-Chicago this week. Kevin Knox (16.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg) is finding his place, but Kentucky won't face quality competition again until mid-December. That will give this young group more time to continue to find their way.
5) Florida Gators (5-1)
Despite the loss to Duke, the Gators showed they're one of the country's elite teams with a number of incredible performances at the PK80. Jalen Hudson (21.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg) emerged as a star, joining Egor Koulechov (17.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and KeVaughn Allen (13.5 ppg) as go-to guys for this offense. However, point guard Chris Chiozza (13.2 ppg, 6.7 apg, 6.0 rpg) is the one who drives the nation's second highest-scoring offense.
4) Michigan State Spartans (5-1)
Michigan State looked very much like the national championship favorite they were expected to be at the PK80, blowing out DePaul, UConn, and UNC on their way to the Victory Bracket title. For all the talk about Miles Bridges (15.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg), it's their defense that carries them, ranking in the top five nationally in both adjusted defensive efficiency and effective field goal percentage defense. However, most impressively, they're only allowing opponents to shoot 33.9 percent on all two-pointers, which leads the country.
3) Kansas Jayhawks (5-0)
Following blowout wins over South Dakota State, Texas Southern, and Oakland, Kansas looks like the team we expected them to be. Svi Mykhailiuk (18.8 ppg) and Lagerald Vick (17.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg) have stepped into major scoring roles with Devonte' Graham (12.0 ppg, 9.8 apg) serving as the playmaker.
2) Villanova Wildcats (6-0)
Villanova has become the most reliable team in the sport. Jay Wright's squad took care of business in the Battle 4 Atlantis in a business-like manner, handling teams that upset other top teams earlier in the tournament. Jalen Brunson (18.7 ppg, 4.3 apg) is playing like an All-American and Mikal Bridges (18.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 spg) is one of the most improved players in the country. They'll face the other four teams in the Big 5 over the next few weeks with a showdown against Gonzaga (Dec. 5) in there as well.
1) Duke Blue Devils (8-0)
All of Duke's defensive problems were exposed in the PK80, which is why they trailed by at least eight points in every one of their PK80 games. However, the incredible talent advantage they have over virtually everyone else was also on full display as they came back to win all of those games despite not shooting the ball very well. Marvin Bagley (22.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg) was absolutely unstoppable and looks like the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. They easily have the best resume in the country with wins over Michigan State, Texas, and Florida already.