Texas, Michigan State and Virginia jump into the top 10 in the Power 36 college basketball rankings

College hoops has been wild for a few weeks with a multitude of upsets and already a handful of March-level games from San Diego to Indianapolis to Cincinnati to East Lansing to Las Vegas and Spokane. The level of play will only increase when Feast Week begins Monday in Maui.

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College Basketball Rankings: The Power 36 for Week 2

1. North Carolina (1): North Carolina is off to a 4-0 start after losing 19 to Armando Bacot and having a career-best 23 rebounds in a win over CAA title contender James Madison.

2. Houston (2): The Cougars have an absolute star in newcomer Jarace Walker. The win in Oregon should send another strong message that the Cougars are real.

3. Kansas (5): The Jayhawks beat Duke in the Champions Classic and have Jalen Wilson as their next Big 12 contender for Player of the Year.

4.Indiana (6): The Hoosiers passed their first major test with a road win at Xavier at the Gavitt Games.

5.Texas (11): The Longhorns throttled Gonzaga in Austin behind Tyrese Hunter, who could become one of the best signings after arriving from Iowa State.

6. Gonzaga (3): The Zags rebounded from the Austin loss by retiring from Kentucky in the first of six straight encounters with the Wildcats in Spokane.

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7. State of Michigan (19): The Spartans beat Kentucky in a thrilling Champions Classic Double OT, then followed up with a dismal home win over Villanova at the Gavitt Games.

8. Creighton (9): The Bluejays will get 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 the dunk of the season against South Dakota State. Arkansas will be tested in Maui this week with the potential to face Creighton or Texas Tech on day two.

10. Virginia (23): Playing with heavy hearts, the Cavaliers then defeated Baylor and Illinois to win the Main Event tournament title in Las Vegas.

11. Baylor (8): The Bears rallied after losing to Virginia to knock out Illinois after a great effort from LJ Cryer.

12. Duke (7): The Blue Devils had their chances against Kansas in Indianapolis but aren’t 100 percent healthy yet. We’ll learn more about Duke this week in Portland.

13. State of San Diego (14): The Aztecs beat Stanford for a momentum win before heading to a matchup against Ohio State at the Maui Invitational.

14. Illinois (15): The Illini throttled UCLA in the second half only to be beaten by a disciplined Virginia in the main event title game in Las Vegas.

15. Puree (16): The Boilermakers continue to direct the offense through Zach Edey and it’s working quite well. Purdue outlasted Marquette at the Gavitt Games.

16. Maryland (NR): The Terps beat Saint Louis and then Miami to take home the Hall of Fame Tip-Off title at the Mohegan Sun. Donta Scott had a star weekend at 24 in the title game. Kevin Willard has the Terps poised to be a contender for the Big Ten.

17.Arizona (18): The Wildcats looked like a Pac-12 title contender and Kerr Kriisa was sensational. But we’ll know more about the Wildcats after this week in Maui.

18. UCLA (4): The Bruins lost two games in Las Vegas, but they did so against two Deep March contenders in Illinois and Baylor.

19. Kentucky (10): The Wildcats lost two games last week but in double overtime to Michigan State and Gonzaga in Spokane. Like UCLA, they shouldn’t fall out of the top 25 for losing two high-level games.

20. State of Arizona (NR): The Sun Devils won the Legends Classic in Brooklyn after defeating VCU and Michigan, the latter game behind Dexter Cambridge Jr.’s 20 points. This all came after a stunning loss at Texas Southern and without the injured Marcus Bagley.

21. Alabama (25): The Tide continued to get stat stuffing games from Brandon Miller. The competition rises with a matchup against Michigan State in Portland.

22. UConn (26): Adama Sanogo is averaging 20 per game through a 5-0 start for the Huskies. UConn will play Oregon in Portland this week to test themselves at a higher level.

23.Wisconsin (24): The Badgers don’t run past the competition, but their defense was solid enough to remain undefeated in Battle 4 Atlantis.

24. Auburn (27): The Tigers are rolling, but the competition hasn’t hit the moment yet.

25. Iowa (34): The Hawkeyes had a significant away win by defeating Seton Hall in Newark. Kris Murray has already made his mark on this young season.

26. TCU (12): The Horned Frogs bounced back after a stunning loss to Northwestern State with a 35-win win over UL Monroe.

27 Michigan (22): The Wolverines fell after losing to Arizona State at Barclays Center and enduring wins against Eastern Michigan and Ohio (in OT).

28. Tennessee (28): The Vols fielded the same team from the Florida Gulf Coast that defeated USC. This was badly needed after the loss to Colorado.

29. Saint Mary’s (NR): The Gaels destroy the competition en route to a 5-0 start. There was no disbandment from the second round team of last season’s NCAA tournament.

30. State of Ohio (31): Welcome freshman Brice Sensabaugh to the national scene after losing 20 to Eastern Illinois. The Buckeyes will get a big Test in Maui against San Diego State.

31. Florida (17): The Gators were upset with FAU but then turned around and beat rival Florida State.

32. Texas Tech (36): The Red Raiders go 3-0 to Maui where they will be tested in every game.

33. UNLV (NR): The Runnin’ Rebels made it clear they intend to be a challenger to the Mountain West with a home win over Dayton.

34. Dayton (21): The Flyers lost to UNLV but bounced back with a win over Robert Morris before taking on Wisconsin in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

35. UMass (NR): The Minutemen won the Myrtle Beach Invitational under Frank Martin with victories over Charlotte, Murray State and Colorado.

36. Drake (NR): Missouri Valley favorite and potential Conference Player of the Year Tucker DeVries scored 29 points in a win over Wyoming at Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.

dropped out: Colorado (20), UC Irvine (29), Rutgers (30), Miami (32), Xavier (33), Texas A&M (35).

team of the week

Virginia: The Cavaliers ended a highly emotional week by winning the main event in Las Vegas with wins over Baylor and then Illinois. The Cavaliers played with heavy hearts following the murders of three Virginia football players – Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. The Cavs canceled their game against Northern Iowa on Monday, a day after the tragedy. They then continued to Las Vegas and were able to focus well enough to beat two top 20 teams in a row. The Cavs did a great job on Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr., keeping him to nine points after he scored 29 against UCLA the night before. The Cavs’ next big test is on November 29 in Michigan at the ACC Big Ten Challenge.

player of the week

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana: TJD lost 30 to Xavier at the Cintas Center in the Hoosiers’ first Test of the season. Indiana wasn’t a good road team last season. This was an important step in proving that Indiana is the real deal and TJD needs to be taken seriously as a national player of the year contender. TJD didn’t let up against Miami (OH) on Sunday, finishing with 17 and 16 boards.

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