The 2012-2013 NCAA basketball regular season has officially kicked off, and we’ve already had the chance to see a big game. Kentucky and Duke squared off in a close contest where the Blue Devils pulled away in the end. This huge game is largely responsible for both of the biggest moves from our last power rankings. Let’s take a look at where Duke and Kentucky rank now, along with some thoughts on the rest of the top 10.
1. Louisville (3-0) – We expect the Cardinals to keep this position for quite some time because they won’t be tested for a while. On December 15th, they’ll face the 17th-ranked Memphis Tigers, but for now, the schedule is pretty easy.
2. Indiana (3-0) – Indiana has blown out three cupcakes so far in Bryant, North Dakota State and Sam Houston State. A road game against Georgia tomorrow night should be the Hoosiers closest contest thus far, and they play North Carolina next week.
3. North Carolina State (3-0) – Out of the top three teams here, the Wolfpack have faced the toughest opponents with road wins over Penn State and Massachusetts – although these weren’t truly that tough of games. A road game against Michigan looms in the near future.
4. Ohio State (2-0) – Duke won’t get much chance to celebrate their win over Kentucky since Ohio State rolls into Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 28th. PG Aaron Craft is playing really well for the Buckeyes since he’s scoring 20 PPG and shooting 71.4% from three-point land.
5. Michigan (3-0) – The Wolverines schedule will finally get tough with upcoming games against Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. Trey Burke (18.3 PPG) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (17.3 PPG) give this team a chance to beat anybody in the nation.
6. Duke (2-0) – A fringe top 10 team to open our power rankings, the Blue Devils have now jumped up to number 6 after the victory over defending champion Kentucky. Mike Krzyzewski’s seniors are really providing some strong leadership and scoring for this team.
7. Syracuse (2-0) – The Orange won an interesting opener against San Diego State on an aircraft carrier in San Diego harbor. Unfortunately, there won’t be too many interesting upcoming games until the Big East season opens.
8. Kentucky (2-1) – Nobody can accuse Kentucky of trying to dodge the competition since they played Maryland and Duke in their first two games. The latter game caused the first blemish on the Wildcats’ schedule, but they have plenty of chances to redeem themselves against top teams.
9. Florida Gators (2-0) – Big man Erik Murphy (19.5 PPG) has been nearly unstoppable to open the season, while Florida’s defense has been better than expected so far. Watch out when center Patric Young gets going too.
10. Kansas (2-1) – Much like Kentucky, the Jayhawks have also tumbled down our power rankings following a 67-64 loss to Michigan State. Circle your calendar for December 22nd, when Kansas travels to Columbus to face the Ohio State Buckeyes.