College football has been troubling the Wildcats for several weeks with the crowd and there have already been a few March field games from San Diego to Indianapolis to Cincinnati to East Lansing to Las Vegas and Spokane. The field of play will only grow as Festival Week picks up Monday in Maui.
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College basketball rankings: Power 36 for Week 2
1. North Carolina (1): North Carolina got off to a 4-0 start as Armando Bacot dropped 19 and a career-best 23 rebounds in a win over CAA title contender James Madison.
2. Houston (2); The Cougars have an absolute star in freshman Jarace Walker. Oregon’s win should send another strong message that the Cougars are for real.
3. Kansas (5); The Jayhawks beat the leader in the Champions Classic and have the next Big 12 player of the year candidate in Jalen Wilson.
4. Indiana (6); The Hoosiers passed their first major test with a road win at Xavier in the Gavitt Games.
5. Texas (11); The Gonzaga Longhorns choked out Tyrese Hunter in Austin, who could end up being one of the best transfers after coming from Iowa State.
6. Gonzaga (3); The Zags bounced back from Kentucky in Spokane after a loss in Austin, dropping their first six meetings in consecutive seasons with the Wildcats.
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7. Michigan State (19); The Spartans fell to Kentucky in double OT in a thriller in the Champions Classic and then followed that up with a home win over Villanova in the Gavitt Games.
8. Creighton (9); The Bluejays will have a real barometer this week at the Maui Invitational where they are one of the favorites. Creighton opens with Texas Tech.
9. Arkansas (13); Trevon Brazile had a run of the season against South Dakota State. Arkansas will be tested this week in Maui, potentially against Creighton or Texas Tech on day two.
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10. Virginis (23); The Cavaliers played with a heavy heart and then beat Baylor and Illinois to capture the main title in the Las Vegas tournament.
11. Baylor (8); The Bears bounced back from a loss to Virginia to take out Illinois after a big season effort from LJ Cryer.
12. Leader (7); The Blue Devils had their chances against Kansas in Indianapolis but are still not 100 percent healthy. We’ll find out more about the guide this week in Portland.
13. San Diego State (14); The Aztecs beat Stanford for a moment win in a matchup against Ohio State in the Maui Invitational.
14. IL (15); The Illini strangled UCLA in the middle only to be beaten by Virginia in the title game of the Main Event in Las Vegas.
15. Purdue (16); The Boilermakers continue to funnel the offense through Zach Edey and it’s working well. Purdue beat Marquette in the Gavitt Games.
16. Maryland (NR); The Terps beat St. Louis and then Miami to bring the title back to the Mohegan Sun Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Donta Scott had a stellar weekend with 24 in the title game. Kevin Willard has the Terps ready to compete in the Big Ten.
17. Ugly (18); The Beasts looked the part of a Pac-12 title contender and Kerr Kriisa is sensational. But we’ll know more about the Wildcats later this week in Maui.
18. UCLA (4); The Bruins dropped two games in Las Vegas, but made two deep March contenders in Illinois and Baylor.
19. Kentucky (10); The Beasts lost two games last week, but in double overtime to Michigan State and Gonzaga in Spokane. Like UCLA, they don’t have to drop out of the top 25 for losing two top-ranked games.
20. Arizona State (NR); The Sun Devils won the playoffs in Brooklyn after beating VCU and Michigan, this game behind the Cambridge Jr. 20 points All of this came after a stunning loss at Texas Southern and was done without an injury to Mark Bagley.
21. Alabama (25); The Tide continued to get touchdowns from Brandon Miller. The competition begins with a matchup against Michigan State in Portland.
22. UConn (26); Adama Sanogo is almost 20 games into his 5-0 start for the Huskies. UConn will play Oregon in Portland this week, proving itself to a higher level.
23. Wisconsin (24); Meles didn’t run away from the competition, but their defense was solid enough to remain undefeated heading into the Battle of Atlantis 4.
24. Auburn (27); The Tigers are rolling but still haven’t met the moment of competition.
25. Iowa (34); The Hawkeyes had a remarkable road win by beating Seton Hall in New York. Kris Murray has already made his mark at this young age.
26. TCU (12); The Horned Frogs bounced back after a stunning loss to North State with a 35-game win over UL Monroe.
27. Michigan (22); The Wolverines stopped after losing to Arizona at the Barclays State Center and survived wins against Eastern Michigan and Ohio State (in OT).
28. TN (28); The Vols are sending the same Florida Gulf Coast team that beat USC. This was much needed after the loss to Colorado.
29. Saint Mary (NR); The Gaels are destroying the contest en route to a 5-0 start. There was no drop-off from last season’s NCAA tournament according to the team’s round.
30. Ohio State (31); Welcome freshman Brice Sensabaugh onto the national stage after dropping 20 against Eastern Illinois. The Buckeyes will have a bigger test against San Diego State in Maui.
31. Florida (17); The Gators then bounced back from FAU and beat rival Florida State.
32. Texas Tech (36); The Reds are 3-0 heading to Maui, where each game will be tested.
33. UNLV(NR); The Runnin’ Rebels are gaining notice through Dayton at home as they contend they are a contender in the Mountain West.
34. Dayton (21); The Flyers lost to UNLV, but bounced back with a win at Robert Morris before heading to face Wisconsin in the Battle of Atlantis.
35. UMass (NR); The Minutemen won the Myrtle Beach Invitational under Frank Martin with wins over Charlotte, Murray State and Colorado.
36. Drake (NR); Missouri Valley favorite and potential conference player of the year Tucker DeVries scored 29 in a win over Wyoming at Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
To cut out: Colorado (20), UC Irvine (29), Rutgers (30), Miami (32), Xavier (33), Texas A&M (35).
The team is one of the sabbaths
Virginia: The Cavaliers completed a very emotional week, winning the Main Event in Las Vegas against Baylor and then defeating Illinois. The Cavaliers were playing with a heavy heart after the murders of three young football players — Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. The Cavs canceled their game against Northern Iowa on Monday, the day after the tragedy occurred. Then they went to Las Vegas and were able to do well enough to beat two top 20 teams back-to-back. The Cavs did a great job on Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. played, bringing him to nine points after scoring 29 the previous night against UCLA. The Cavs’ next major test comes on November 29 at Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
A player of one of the sabbaths
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana: TJD stopped 30 at the Xavier Cintas Center in the Hoosiers’ first test of the season. The Indian team was not on a good path last season. This is a major step to prove that Indiana has a lot and TJD desperately needs it as a national candidate of the year. TJD didn’t let up against Miami (OH) on Sunday, finishing with 17 and 16 boards.