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by: AnthonyP On  Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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Total Pro Sports – Sorry to all our readers as we missed week 2, enough of that lets get back to the sport we love NCAA College Basketball.

Can North Carolina book their hotel rooms for Detroit and the Final Four come early April? They are #1 in our College Basketball Power Rankings for week 3.

After a 98-63 thrashing of Michigan State at Ford Field, the site of the 2009 Final Four, UNC looks like the hands down favorite. The only question is who can challenge them? Not Duke who lost to Michigan. Not Louisville who lost to Western Kentucky. Could it be Pittsburgh? Only time will tell.

College Basketball Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Red ArrowMichigan State Spartans are the biggest shaker in the power rankings for week 3, dropping 13 spots after an 35 point blow-out loss to University of North Carolina in Detroit, Michigan.

Green ArrowThe biggest mover this week were the Ohio State Buckeyes are two wins against Notre Dame and Miami (FL) have taken them from the unranked into the top 25 of our College power rankings..

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: College Basketball POWER RANKINGS for week 3.

Rank Team Record Change Comment
1 North Carolina 8 -0 - A 35 point win against Michigan State was impressive. Could they go undefeated?
2 Pittsburgh Panthers 9-0
Green Arrow 6 Sam Young is averaging 20.8 points per game. Can Pitt survive the Big East and make it to Detroit? 
3 Connecticut Huskies 8–0 Red Arrow1 Struggled in a win against Buffalo. Pitt looks like the better team right now. 
4 Gonzaga 6-0 Green Arrow5 Still riding high after their Old Spice Classic Win, The Zags have formidable games going to Arizona and Washington State in their next two.
5 Oklahoma Sooners 8-0
Green Arrow2 Barely beat USC with a one point win. How far will Blake Griffin Carry them?
6 Texas Longhorns 6-1 Green Arrow5 Looks like they aren’t missing D.J Augustin.
7 Tennessee Vols 6-1 Green Arrow5 Bruce Pearl’s squad is young, but immensely talented. They should be the best in the SEC.
8 Duke Blue Devils 8-1 Red Arrow3 They fell to Michigan, a team they beat by 15, in Ann Arbor. Shooting 7-33 from downtown, it was probably the worst game Duke will play this season.
9 Louisville Cardinals 5-1 Red Arrow7 Not sure how they lost by 14 against Western Kentucky. It is tough to gauge this team, who won’t face a formidable opponent until Minnesota on December 20th.  
10 Xavier Musketeers 7-0 Green Arrow7 Definitely the surprise of the season so far. We’ll get to see how good they are on December 20th when they face Duke.  
11 Wake Forest 8-0 Green Arrow5 Took care of a good Baylor team by 13. They’ll get a crack at UNC on January 11th.
12 Syracuse Orange 8-0 Green Arrow6 Could this be the year that ‘Cuse gets back to the Big Dance? 
13 Purdue 6-2 Red Arrow7 They have come up short in their two biggest games, but they’ll get better as the season goes on. They have an interesting match up against Davidson on December 20th.
14 Villanova Wildcats 8-0 NR Scottie Ryenolds has this team rolling. Let’s see what they can do against Texas in the Jimmy V classic.
15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6-2 Green Arrow1 Tough loss against a young Ohio State team. They should roll until January 5th when they face Georgetown 
16 UCLA Bruins 6-2 Red Arrow2 Looked better at Texas than against Michigan, both losses. The Pac 10 comes down to them Arizona State and USC. 
17 Michigan State Spartans 5-2 Red Arrow13 Never thought I’d see a 35 point blowout of a Tom Izzo team. The bad news is Goran Suton, their top rebounder is out for about a month. Good news is that Izzo’s team generally peak in March. 
18 Ohio State Buckeyes 5-0
NR There win against Notre Dame vaults them into the top 25. They have a quality win against Miami FL too.
19 Georgetown Hoyas 6-1 Green Arrow5 A good test coming up this week against Memphis. 
20 Baylor Bears 7-1 - Lost to a talented Wake Forest team but bounced back with a win on the road at Washington State.
21 Arizona State Sun Devils 7-1 Red Arrow6 Sophomore James Harden is lighting it up, 25 points per game. They’re only blemish so far is a loss to a tough Baylor team.
22 Memphis Tigers 5-1 Green Arrow3 It’s tough to tell how good this team is. Match ups against Syracuse and Georgetown should be a good measuring stick.
23 Davidson 7-1 Red Arrow1 Stephen Curry is just amazing. Flat out. Hands Down.
24 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 6-2 Red Arrow5 Nice win at Kentucky. They’ll go as far as star-player Jack McClinton will take them.
25 Marquette 7-1 Red Arrow12 Past their first test by beating Wisconsin. They are the 8th Big East Team in these power rankings. That’s just crazy.

Be sure to check back next week with our College Basketball Power Rankings for week 4.




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