[Community Discussion] CBB Top 25 and Big Ten Power Rankings
Our panel of AC contributors is back again with our rankings for the college basketball season -- both national and the Big Ten.
We started publishing a regular Top 25 and Big Ten power rankings back in the old Mighty Networks community, and we’ll continue it here at Substack.
This season’s panel includes the following Assembly Call contributors:
Let’s start with our Top 25.
Assembly Call Top 25
San Diego State
others receiving votes: Illinois, James Madison, TCU, Duke, New Mexico, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Princeton
The Big 10 made some advances in this past week. The top 25 as a whole saw 13 teams lose last week. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Illinois all made improvements, while the biggest story of the week was Northwestern upsetting Purdue in Evanston again this year. With the loss, the Boilers fall to 4th in the poll
Nationally, we saw some blue bloods take it on the chin. Duke, Kentucky and Villanova all lost games. The Blue Devils lost two games on the road and dropped out of our rankings. One may ask why Tennessee is still in at #16, well, their 3 losses are to top 10 teams on the road or at neutral sights.
Teams that are climbing include BYU, Clemson, Oklahoma and Colorado St. Colorado St defeated Colorado and Washington in the past week. The new NET rankings came out on Monday, and have Houston at the top spot. It is very early in the season for any kind of rankings and much will change in the next few weeks.
Where do you agree or disagree with this top 25?
Big Ten Power Rankings
Ohio State takes over the top spot with its neutral court victory over Alabama. Purdue drops to 2nd while Northwestern takes a huge leap. Wisconsin also got a good win over Marquette this week
Indiana remains at 7 with its win over Maryland. The Hoosiers are looking for a quality win of any kind. They have two opportunities this week at Michigan and against Auburn in Atlanta.
The conference looks to have five solid teams at the moment and the rest of the league is searching for continuity. The one team on the decline seems to be Maryland. Nebraska came back down to earth this week with a blowout loss at home to a quality Creighton team.
Root for the conference in any remaining games, as wins are needed to improve the NET rankings of all teams.
Let us know your thoughts on these rankings in the comments. Go Hoosiers!