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Gonzaga jumps Kansas; Duke, UNC falls into Andy Katz Power 36 rankings

There is a new number. 1, but probably not a consensus. The debate about Gonzaga vs Kansas is legitimate. The…

There is a new number. 1, but probably not a consensus.

The debate about Gonzaga vs Kansas is legitimate.

The Zags beat the former No. 1 Duke at a neutral court in Maui. Gonzaga was / is a man-down with Killian Tillie in the foreseeable future. True, it was the dominant team for most of the game. It was as impressive a victory as we have seen this season.

Kansas has hit the Michigan State, winner of the Las Vegas Invitational last week over UCLA and Texas, and held by Tennessee – a legitimate SEC title contender after

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I joined Zags. This place can be a rotation of a handful of teams in the next few weeks, especially with Gonzaga playing Tennessee in Phoenix on December 8 and in North Carolina on December 1

5th. Win both and Zags may be No. 1 for the rest

On Power 36 and probably a debate!

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1. Gonzaga (Last Week 3) : Zach Norvell and Rui Hachimura, the stars, were sensational in the Maui Invitational title. This has to go down as one of Mark Fews most memorable season tournaments titles in a famous career. A road game at Creighton Saturday was only more difficult with Bluejay’s win over Clemson.

2. Kansas (2) : The Jayhawks are hoping for Zags because of who they beat relatively (to me). But Kansas had a good week according to all standards with the NIT Season Tip-Off title with victories over Marquette and Tennessee in Madison Square Garden.

3. Virginia (4) : The cavalry founded Wisconsin down the stretch and held for a Battle 4 Atlantis title in the Bahamas. Virginia held Wisconsin to only 46 points. No one has done over 60 against Cavs this season. And The Other Hunter has scored the cavalry in the last four matches (I will continue to mention that he did not play in the loss of UMBC). A roadmap to rival Maryland weighs this week in ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

4. Duke (1) : The Blue Devils made a strong comeback against Gonzaga but fell short for two. The lack of veteran leadership in the backcourt can be a problem sometimes this season. The next difficult road game can be on Florida State on January 12, which means Duke has time to figure it out. Indiana is up next in the ACC Big Ten Challenge.

5. Michigan (5) : Wolverines continues to lock defensive teams, limiting the last two opponents to below 56 points. Michigan has given up more than 55 points only once – 61 to George Washington. Michigan hosts North Carolina this week in the ACC Big Ten Challenge.

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6. Michigan State (9) : The Spartans still look for the middle game. They have seen poor in two halves – the first against Kansas and the first against Texas. But they have looked sensational in the other halves of both of these games. Michigan State was dominant in the victory over UCLA, then took Texas in the second half to win the Las Vegas Invitational. Josh Langford scored zero in the first half but fell Texas for 29 in the second half. Road games at Louisville (ACC-Big Ten Challenge) and at Rutgers (Big Ten Opener) await.

7. Tennessee (8) : The crowds could have scored in the top four if they had taken Kansas on MSG. But unfortunately they could not stop and get lost in overtime. Tennessee has the goods to be a final four teams. Volsna also has a broken loss for Loyola-Chicago in the second round of the last NCAA tournament. The Gonzaga game on December 8 will be another barometer to see where Vols is standing.

8. Nevada (10) : I was given the chance to watch the Wolf Pack near Las Vegas. Jordan Caroline is a stud and team’s most important player. Jazz Johnson is the team’s energy outside the bench and will be one of the most critical parts of a Final Four-run. The win over Tulsa and UMass were cemented with impressive second half. Nevada goes to Loyola-Chicago for a rematch of the Sweet 16 game on Tuesday, then taking fighter Southern California in Los Angeles on Saturday.

9. Auburn (7) : The tigers came out of Maui 2-1 after slapping Xavier in overtime, lost to Duke and then retiring from Arizona. The wildcat’s defensive shutdown should be a good springboard for Auburn in the next few weeks.

10. Texas (25) : The Longhorns were as impressive as all other top 10 teams in the victory over North Carolina and then in the first half against the Michigan State. Texas is long in the mail and has a dynamite scoring guard in Kerwin Roach II. He illuminated Tar Heels for 32. Texas ran out of gas in the second half and did not try the circumference of the Spartans. But Shaka Smart has his crew ready to roll in Big 12.

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11. North Carolina (5) ]: This drop may not be fair, but other layers forced them to move down a few points. Tar Heels has a new star in Coby White, who made 33 in losing to Texas. Nassir Little shines soon enough. The veterans of Luke Maye, Cam Johnson and Kenny Williams turn out to be a stabilizing influence. Tar Heel’s brutal slate continues in Michigan this week in the ACC Big Ten Challenge.

12. Kentucky (12) : I keep Kentucky steady here in the top box. Keldon Johnson burns out and Reid Travis goes on board. All things are heading in the right direction since Duke debacle. We learn a lot more about this troupe later in December against North Carolina in Chicago and on Louisville rival.

13. Kansas State (13) : The wild cats won Paradise Jam over former rival Missouri earlier this week and then sent Lehigh to the end of the week. Dean Wade is back to being leading scorer. A road game at Marquette this weekend will be another Wildcats barometer.

14. Buffalo (15) : The bulls continue to plow forward and are gone to Belfast Basketball Classic. A potential match against San Francisco – provided that Buffalo beats Milwaukee – will provide a decent test on a neutral court.

15. Iowa (17) : Hawkeyes moved with other teams that let go. But the Iowa test will be fast and furious this week. They should beat Pitt in the ACC Big Ten Challenge and host Hot Wisconsin and travel to Michigan State this weekend in the first ten of the Big Ten season.

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16. Ohio State (19) : Buckey’s defense continues to impress, Samford holds 50 and Cleveland State to 62. Playing Syracuse in the ACC Big Ten Challenge and then hosting Minnesota to start Big Ten will give Buckeyes two big tests this week.

17. Virginia Tech (20) : Hokies followed up the Charleston Classic title over Purdue by holding NEC favorites St. Francis (Pa.) To only 37 points in one route. Penn State is next on the road in ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

18. Wisconsin (24) : The Badgers had an impressive week in the Bahamas, despite not winning the event. Ethan Happ, D & # 39; Mitrik Trice, Kobe King and Nate Reuvers made all significant contributions in victory over Stanford and Oklahoma. Virginia defense founded everything except Happ, who had 22, in the final. Wisconsin will host the NC state in ACC-Big Ten Challenge before the Big Ten season opens in Iowa.

19. Iowa State (22) : The cyclones were a playful team in Maui, despite being upset in the first game against Arizona. Still playing without his best player Lindell Wigginton, Iowa State hit Illinois and San Diego State handily. Marial Shayok and Horton-Tucker speak strong in Wigginton’s absence. This team will be a top three Big-12 challenger when it’s completely.

20. Minnesota (30) : The Gophers hit Santa Clara and then Washington in the last seconds of Vancouver. Jordan Murphy was Jordan Murphy with his usual double-double. But the best news was that Gabe Kalscheur hit the 3 pointer to beat the Huskies. Kalscheur is part of a freshmen class for Gophers who has the star written over it (see: Daniel Oturu). Gophers opens the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Boston College Monday, and then Oklahoma State is playing at the Final Four home at the US Bank Stadium on Friday before opening Big Ten Sunday at Ohio State.

21. Texas Tech (NR) : Yes, Red Raider fans Texas Tech are better than predicted. And I’m ready to update my preseason forecasts. I think that if this Red Raider team continues on this road, they may be back in the NCAAs. The gain over Nebraska in Kansas City was dominant. Jarrett Culver is quite broken and leads the team in points in four straight matches, including 26 against Huskers. Red Raiders Get Memphis Next.

22. Villanova (NR) : The wild cats have climbed back in Power 36 titled the Advocare Invitational in Orlando. The winner of the Florida State was a defensive battle, but Nova won. The losses to Michigan and Furman will not be forgotten or ignored, but Nova makes the climb back and should continue this week with the first Big Five game at La Salle.

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23. Florida State (11) : Seminoles took a tumble after passing past LSU in overtime and lost to Nova. Perhaps it’s too far a case, but let’s see how Seminoles manages Purdue this week in the ACC Big Ten Challenge. I’m still high on this squad as a possible top five painter in ACC.

24. Purdue (21) : Boilermakers came back from Charleston’s loss to keep Robert Morris 46 points. Boilermakers defense will need to be tight again with four monster games coming to Florida State in the ACC Big Ten Challenge, in Michigan, against Maryland and in Texas. Brutal!

25. UCF (27) : The best news for the knights was Tacko Fall who led them in scoring (20) and boards (nine) in a victory over Northern Kentucky. If Fall can be a dominant player on most nights, UCF will win AAC. Alabama and Missouri are the closest two on the dock to test this club.

26. Arkansas (NR) : This is called a transition. Arkansas should probably have been in last week’s Power 36 after battling Indiana a week ago Sunday and lost to Texas in overtime in the opener. Hogs did not have a racing game last week but they have an absolute star in Daniel Gafford, with an average of 19 and eight so far this season.

27th Creighton (NR) : The Bluejays have made a pretty comeback after losing home to what is clearly a solid Ohio State team. Creighton, who was supposed to be in a jetty, won a tournament in Grand Cayman with victories over Boise State, Georgia State and No. 16 Clemson. Guard Ty-Shon Alexander is the latest standard for Bluejays, an average of 19.2 a game.

28. Indiana (18) : Yes, Hoosiers are a bucket away from being undefeated. And the loss was in Arkansas, but Indiana did not play well against UC Davis – followed by a deuce in half. Juwan Morgan scored 31 in comeback win. Indiana will receive a monster exam at Duke this week before they open the Big Ten against Northwestern and Penn State.

29. Nebraska (14) : Huskers was my pick to finish in the two best in Big Ten. It may still happen, but to say that the result against Red Raiders was disappointing is a subversion. Red Raiders ran Huskers out of the arena, 70-52. The winner of Seton Hall may have some sustainability in March if the pirates continue to improve. But this week will tell Clemson on ACC Big Ten Challenge Monday and open Big Ten against Illinois and Minnesota before the rivalry game against Creighton.

30. Houston (36) : The Cougars passed their first test of the season with a convincing road gain at BYU. Oregon is the second roadblock to stop this weekend. This team will continue to grow at all, as it causes a peak for the AAC.

31. Arizona State (NR) : Sun Devils is back to being a non-conference terror. ASU beat 15 Mississippi State and Utah State in Las Vegas, the latter behind Luguentz Dort 33 points. Games against Nevada, Georgia, Vanderbilt and a showdown with Kansas are all forward in December. We know then if Sun Devils is a real Pac-12 title contender.

32. St. John’s (33) : The Red Storm won Legends Classic in Brooklyn by turning Cal and VCU. Shamorie Dammar scored 32 and 35 in the two matches and LJ Figueroa were corralling boards under the winnings. St John’s looks more and more like a top three Big East team.

33. Oregon (28) : The ducks did nothing wrong last week but the dropper was more about the second week’s more impressive weeks. Bol Bol leads the ducks in points and then retrieves and it makes Oregon a good bell on a certain night.

34. Furman (34) : The Paladins held their place in Power 36 as they moved to 7-0. The error margin is always thin for teams out of the south and furman still has a bigger game at LSU at the end of December.

35th Clemson (23) : Clemson released in Power 36 after losing his first showdown game to Creighton in the Grand Cayman final. The Tigers will have plenty of opportunity to postpone the rankings, starting with Nebraska on Monday at the ACC Big Ten Challenge.

36. Maryland (NR) : I fell to Terps when I saw them beat Mount Saint Marys. But I wanted to see how they should handle Marshall. Well, Maryland crushed the hero behind Anthony Cowan Jr. 26. The schedule is getting rough with Virginia in ACC-Big Ten Challenge before hosting Penn State and coming to Purdue.

Weekly prizes

Week of the week

Gonzaga : Sometimes every piece saw a final four teams in the Maui Invitational Prize. This team has guard games, scoring the dribbles, shooting and can compete on the boards with the best in the country. When Killian Tillie returns for the stretch, Zags may be favorite to win the title, not just one of the contenders. Gonzaga took out Illinois, Arizona and Duke under the leadership of the Maui Championship.

Players of the Week

Luguentz Dort, Fr., G, Arizona State : Get a show in Las Vegas, scoring 17 in victory over No. 15 Mississippi State and then 33 against Utah State. He made 16 out of 35 shots, 5 out of 8 in the 3 th, 13 out of 18 free throws, grew 16 boards, handed six assists, four stakes and nine turnovers. Dort started the season with 25 in a victory over McNeese and 12 against Long Beach State. So, this is nothing new to the ASU student.

Backup Five

Coby White, Fr., G, North Carolina: Scored 33 in Loss against Texas and 19 in a victory over the UCLA in Las Vegas. Star.

Kerwin Roach II, Sr, G, Texas: Gets in 32 in victory over North Carolina and then 15 in a loss for Michigan State in Las Vegas. He does not go down from anything. Stud.

Josh Langford, Jr., G, Michigan State: Langford was a completely different player in the other half against Texas and scored all 29 points. He leads the Spartans in scoring and is completely in the lead with Cassius Winston and Nick Ward, the Spartans must chase the title.

Antoine Davis, Fr., G, Detroit: Mike Davis son leads the 30-point titans a game, scoring 42 against Loyola (Md.), 32 against Bowling Green and 24 in Eastern Michigan. All three of them led to victory for Titans in Davis’s first season in Detroit. Davis went to Houston, then changed to play for Texas Southern before joining his father to Detroit when he received the game last spring.

Shamorie Pond, Jr., G, St. John’s Pound, Preseason Picks for Big Year’s East Player, saw the role that led Red Storm to the Legends Classic title with a combined 67 points against Cal and VCU in Brooklyn. He came to the line 15 times and scored 11 in overtime over VCU. He had seven stalks and only one turnover to go with his seven assists.

The Most Important Profit

Creighton over Clemson on the Cayman Islands: The tournament title is a huge trust mission for Bluejays. But the profit was also critical for the Big East. The league desperately needed more non-conference ratings against potential NCAA tournament teams.

Troubling

A-10: The league already has 41 losses, including 12 at home. The league only has a gain – Saint Louis at Seton Hall. The good news is a bottom farmer as Fordham is 5-1, but the bad news is that potential titles URI (2-2), Saint Josephs (3-3) and George Mason (2-5) have not been off to strong starts . My pick Davidson still looks strong at 5-1. But the league needs a much better December before deciding on the conference game.

Keep an eye on

Lipscomb: The Bisons Beat No. 18 TCU 73-64, starting with a 5-1 starts with the only loss coming against rival Belmont.

Vanderbilt: Commodores lost their star frightman Darius Garland with a ripped menus in the foreseeable future. Commodores lost to Kent State, 77-75, after Garland was injured. Vandy is playing the NC State, Middle Tennessee State, Arizona State and Kansas State in the next few months.

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