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College Basketball Power Rankings: Week 5

by: AnthonyP On  Friday, December 26, 2008

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Total Pro Sports – North Carolina are #1 in our College Basketball Power Rankings for week 5.

The Pittsburgh Panthers had a solid win at Florida State. How will this team handle the future Big East play?

College Basketball Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Red ArrowGonzaga is the biggest shaker this week. Their loss to Portland State drops them 13 spots.

Green ArrowThe biggest movers this week is Butler. Their upset victory over Xaiver vaults the Bulldogs into the Top 25. Remember these guys come tourney time.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: College Basketball POWER RANKINGS for week 5.

Rank Team Record Change Comment
1 North Carolina 11-0 - How will they handle a talented Wake Forest team on January 11th?
2 Pittsburgh Panthers 12-0
- Solid win at Florida State. How will this team handle Big East play?
3 Connecticut Huskies 10-0 -
It hasn’t always been pretty (a 4 point win against Buffalo) but they are looking better and better each game.
4 Oklahoma Sooners 12-0 Green Arrow1 4 games to prepare for Texas on the 12th.
5 Duke Blue Devils 10-1
Green Arrow3 You have to believe that their loss to Michigan was an fluke. They 18 point win over Xaiver was impressive.
6 Wake Forest 11-0 Green Arrow5 They are immensely talented and can challenge Duke and North Carolina. Their match up against the Tar Heels will be one of the best games in the new year.
7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-2 Green Arrow8 They have bounced back nicely after a tough loss against Ohio State.
8 Georgetown Hoyas 9-1 Green Arrow11 With four guys averaging double figures, the Hoyas are balanced.
9 Michigan State Spartans 8-2 Green Arrow8 Impressive win against Texas on a “neutral site” in Houston. This team will get better as the year goes on.
10 Texas Longhorns 10-2 Red Arrow4 Lost to Michigan State but bounced back at Wisconsin, a place where road teams go to die.
11 UCLA Bruins 9-2 Green Arrow5 Haven’t lost since December 4th against Texas, but haven’t beat anyone notable either.
12 Syracuse Orange 11-1 -
The ‘Cuse could be undefeated if not for a 60 foot game winning shot by Cleveland State.
13 Purdue 10-2 -
Took care of Davidson by 18. Not sure how they lost by 16 to Duke at home.
14 Ohio State Buckeyes 9-0 Green Arrow4 They are undefeated and look like contenders for the Big Ten title.
15 Villanova Wildcats 11-1 Red Arrow1 Interesting match up against Marquette on New Year’s day.
16 Tennessee Vols 8-2 Red Arrow9 Quality win against Marquette after their perplexing loss at Temple.
17 Gonzaga 8-3 Red Arrow13 Portland State? I can understand Arizona and UConn, but Portland State? I thought you were better than that Mark Few.
18 Louisville Cardinals 7-2
Red Arrow9 Probably the most disappointing team so far. How will Rick Pitino’s team handle UAB and UNLV coming up?
19 Baylor Bears 10-1 Green Arrow1 5 players average 10 points of more for the Bears. They’ll be a tough out come March, but still aren’t getting much respect.
20 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-1 Green Arrow1 James Harden is a beast, averaging 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assist a game. This is another team that no one will want to face come March.
21 Clemson 12-0 NR Clemson has taken off on fast starts but then faltered to miss the tournament. What will the Tigers do now?
22 Xavier Musketeers 5-1 Red Arrow12 Back to back loses put the Muskateers towards the bottom of the top 25. How will they respond?
23 Minnesota Golden Gophers 11-0 NR One of the most suprising teams in the Nation, the Tubby Smith-lead Gophers next test will be against Michigan State on New Years Eve.
24 Michigan Wolverines 9-2 NR Laval Lucas-Perry might be the addition Michigan needs to put them into the Big Dance.
25 Butler 10-1 NR
A 9 point win at Xaiver moves Butler into the top 25. What might be more impressive is that they have only one loss at Ohio State by 3.

Be sure to check back next week with our College Basketball Power Rankings for week 6.




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